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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Biological Sciences


Faculty/Staff

Arthur Schwarz, Chair; Arthur Chadwick, Amy McHenry, Peter McHenry, Jared Wood

Aims of the Department

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to encourage thoughtful investigation of living systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Biological Sciences graduates will be able to:

  • Use scientific processes (observe nature, pose problems, generate and test hypotheses, design experiments, interpret and evaluate data, and determine how to follow up on findings), especially involving quantitative reasoning and analysis.
  • Communicate effectively with people both in biology as well as in other disciplines through written, visual, and oral methods. 
  • Evaluate the social, ethical, and moral implications of biological research and how science impacts their faith.

Programs

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. The B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours in biology, 18 hours in a minor area and includes a foreign language component. The B.S. degree allows a choice between two areas of emphasis: Biomedical emphasis or Ecology and Conservation Biology emphasis.  Students may also choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science or minor in Life Sciences towards Secondary Certification in coordination with the Education Department

  • B.A. Biology
  • B.S. Biology
    • Biomedical emphasis
    • Ecology and Conservation Biology emphasis
  • Minor in Biology
  • B.S. Life Science - Secondary Certification
  • Minor in Biology, Life Science - Secondary Certification

Biology, B.A.

     
BIOL 111   General Biology I 4
BIOL 112 General Biology II 4
BIOL 180 Biology Research Seminar 1
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 340  Cell & Molecular Biology I 4
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science 3
BIOL *Elective (x2) 6-8
  Total: 30-32

(*include one botany elective.)

Required Cognates:

     
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112  General Chemistry II 4
MATH 121 Precalculus or  
MATH 241 Intro to Probability and Statistics 3
  Total: 14


 

Biology, B.S. Core Curriculum

Required of all B.S. students.

     
BIOL 111      General Biology I 4
BIOL 112 General Biology II 4
BIOL 180 Biology Research Seminar       1
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science  3
  Total: 20
 

 

Biology, B.S. Biomedical Emphasis

                      
BIOL 340 Cell & Molecular Biology I    4
BIOL Electives (x3) 9-12

Electives to be selected from the following courses:

                       
BIOL 333 Parasitology   3
BIOL 341 Cell & Molecular Biology II   4
BIOL 410 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 443 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy  4
BIOL 450 Histology 3
BIOL 455 Immunology 3
*BIOL 480 Research in Biology 3
  Total: 13-16
 
Required Cognates:
                       
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II     4
CSIS 102 Microcomputer Literacy and Applications or  
CSIS 104 Spreadsheet and Database Applications or  
CSIS 110 Principles of Computer Programming I 1-3
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
MATH 121 Precalculus or  
MATH 241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics  3
CSIS 104 Microcomputer Applications  3
  Total: 30
     

*BIOL 480 is a one credit hour course.  In order to count as an elective, it must be repeated three times and a final presentation must be given.

 

 

Biology, B.S. Ecology and Conservation Biology Emphasis

     
BIOL 328     Biostatistics     3
BIOL 345 Environment and Mankind 4
BIOL 360 Plant Biology 4
BIOL 443 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOL 475 Management of Fish & Wildlife Resources   4
BIOL  **Botany Elective 4
BIOL **Ecology Elective 4
BIOL **Zoology Elective (x2) 8
  Total: 35
     

Botany electives:

     
BIOL 314 Systematic Botany        
BIOL 465 Plant Physiology  

Ecology electives:

     
BIOL 335 Limnology  
BIOL 325 Field Ecology     

Zoology electives:

     
BIOL 312 Ornithology  
BIOL 440 Mammalogy  
BIOL 462 Ichthyology  
BIOL435 Herpetology  

Required Cognates:

                       
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
CSIS 102 Microcomputer Literacy and Applications or  
CSIS 104 Spreadsheet and Database Applications or  
CSIS 110 Principles of Computer Programming I 1-3
MATH 121 Precalculus or  
MATH 241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics  3
  Total:     12-14
     

**In consultation with the advisor, BIOL 480 Research in Biology, may replace one of the above electives.  BIOL 480 is a one credit hour sourse.  In order to count as an elective, it must be repeated three times and a final presentation must be given.

Minor in Biology

     
BIOL 111   General Biology 4
BIOL 112 General Biology 4
BIOL Electives (6 hours must be upper division)        10
  Total: 18

 

Teaching Certification Program

The following Life Science major and minor are for teaching certification only. Requirements for certification are listed in the Education section of this Bulletin.

You must make formal application for admittance to the Teacher Education Program. Applications are available at the Education Department office.

Option I:

Life Science B.S. - Secondary Certification

     
BIOL 111  General Biology I 4
BIOL 112 General Biology II 4
BIOL 180 Biology Research Seminar      1
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science  3
BIOL             *Electives (x3-4)               12
  Total: 32

(*Must include one botany elective and one zoology elective.)

Required Cognates

     
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I  4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II      4
MATH 121 Precalculus or  
MATH 241 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
  Total:  11 

 

Option II:

Minor in Life Science - Secondary Certification

     
BIOL 111  General Biology I 4
BIOL 112 General Biology II 4
BIOL 230 Ecology 4
BIOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science  3
BIOL             Electives - upper division (x2)               8
  Total: 27

 

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