Bachelors (BA) in Biology

This major offers a 52- to 63-semester-hour course of study, enabling students to pursue a variety of careers that include research, the health professions, teaching, and non-science fields that require critical-thinking skills. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Requirements for the BA in biology consist of 10 to 12 semester hours in core biology courses, 8 to 12 hours in chemistry, 3 hours in mathematics, 20 hours of biology electives, and 14 to 16 hours of courses based on a selected liberal arts emphasis.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in biology will:

  • Understand, interpret, and communicate scientific information
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competency of field biology, biodiversity, systems level biology and cell/molecular biology
  • Understand the basic forms of scientific inquiry
  • Evaluate the compatibility of science and faith in their worldview

Special General Education Requirements

The biology, chemistry and mathematics courses (listed below) also fulfill up to 12 hours of the sciences requirement for general education. A minimum grade of C- must be obtained in all biology, chemistry and mathematics courses for graduation.

Major Requirements

Biology (10-12 hours)
BIOL 490 Biological Exploration 2

Students must choose one of the following sequences of courses:
 
BIOL 211 General Biology I and
BIOL 212 General Biology II
8

(Alternative) BIOL 331 Human Anatomy and Physiology I,
BIOL 332 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and
BIOL 220 Fundamentals of Cellular and Organismal Biology

10
Chemistry (8-12 hours)
Students must select one of the following sequences of courses:  
CHEM 151 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I and
CHEM 152 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II
8

(Alternative) CHEM 211 General Chemistry I,
CHEM 212 General Chemistry II, and
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I

12
Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH 180 - College Algebra or above

*MATH 240 Statistics required if MATH GE Requirement is waived

3

Students who complete MATH 180 College Algebra are strongly encouraged to take MATH 240 Statistics (3) as well.
Biology Electives (20 hours)
Courses listed in two areas below may meet requirements for both areas of emphasis. (For example, if BIOL 390 is taken to meet the field studies requirement then it may also fulfill the diversity emphasis as well.)

Students must choose one of the following field studies courses:
 
BIOL 360 Ecology 4
BIOL 380 Ornithology 4
BIOL 390 Systematic Botany 4
BIOL 460 Invertebrate Zoology 4

Students must choose one of the following diversity courses:
 
BIOL 300 Evolution 2
BIOL 322 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOL 367 Essentials of Microbiology or BIOL 370 Microbiology 4
BIOL 380 Ornithology 4
BIOL 390 Systematic Botany 4
BIOL 460 Invertebrate Zoology 4

Students must choose one of the following form/function courses:
 
BIOL 310 Developmental Biology 4
BIOL 320 Pathophysiology 3
BIOL 322 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOL 333 Advanced Physiology 4
BIOL 335 Neuroscience 4
BIOL 340 Plant Physiology 4
BIOL 450 Advanced Human Anatomy 4

Students must choose one of the following cell/molecular courses:
 
BIOL 335 Neuroscience 4
BIOL 350 Genetics 4
BIOL 367 Essentials of Microbiology or BIOL 370 Microbiology 4
BIOL 410 Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 420 Cell Biology 4

Upper-division BIOL electives (BIOL 331 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 332 Human Anatomy and Physiology II cannot apply to this requirement)

4-9

Liberal Arts Emphasis (14-16 hours)

Art (15 hours)
ARTS 101 Basic Design 2-D 3

Students must choose 12 hours of electives from the following courses:
 
Drawing: ARTS 111, 112 3
Painting: ARTS 201, 301, 401 3
Sculpture: ARTS 221, 321, 421 3
Photography: ARTS 230, 330, 430 3
Graphic Design: ARTS 250, 350, 450 3
Illustration: ARTS 360 3
Field Experience: ARTS 475 (up to 3 credit hours) 3
Global and Cultural Diversity (14-16 hours)
Option 1  
Students must choose one of the following sequences of courses:  
FREN 201 Intermediate French,
FREN 202 Intermediate French,
FREN 301 Intermediate/Advanced French, and
FREN 302 Intermediate/Advanced French
16

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish,
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish,
SPAN 301 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish, and
SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish

16

Option 2
 
Students must choose one of the following sequences of courses:  
FREN 201 Intermediate French and
FREN 202 Intermediate French
8

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish and
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish

8

JPNS 201 Intermediate Japanese and
JPNS 202 Intermediate Japanese

6

Students must choose 6-8 hours of Global/Cultural Understanding electives from the following courses:
 
COMM 410 Gender Communication Across Cultures 3
ECON 370 Global Political Economy 3
ESLA 240 Adjunct Listening 3
ESLA 250 Adjunct Reading 3
ESLA 260 Academic Writing 3
ESLA 280 Speech 3
FCSC 310 Food, Culture, and Society 3
FREN 301 Intermediate/Advanced French I 4
FREN 302 Intermediate/Advanced French II 4
GEED 355 Cross-Cultural Experience (Domestic) 3
GEED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience (International) 3
GEOG/INTL 200 Cultural Geography and Global Relationships 3
HIST 250 Latin America 3
HIST 340 History of the Middle East 3
HIST 343 History of Southern Africa 3
HIST 360 Modern Russia 3
HIST 370 Modern China and Japan 3
HIST 380 The African-American Experience 3
LITR 236 Ancient World Literature 3
LITR 237 World Literature, Medieval to Modern 3
LITR 238 Contemporary World Literature 3
LITR 480 International Women's Voices 3
MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures 2
PSCI/INTL 230 Introduction to International Relations 3
PSCI/INTL 303 International Conflict and Peace 3
PSYC 353 Culture and Psychology 3
RELI/INTL 330 Introduction to the World Christian Movement 3
RELI 360 Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach 3
RELI/INTL 440 World Religions 3
SOCI/INTL 310 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOCI 380 Race, Ethnicity, and Class 3
SPAN 301 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish I 4
SPAN 302 Intermediate/Advanced Spanish II 4
English (15 hours)
LITR electives 200-level or above 6

Students must choose 9 hours from the following courses:
 
WRIT 210 Practical Grammar and Editing 3
WRIT 230 Introduction to Journalism 3
WRIT 250 Biography and Autobiography  3
WRIT 310 Professional Writing 3
WRIT 330 Magazine and Feature Writing 3
Psychology (15-16 hours)
PSYC 150 General Psychology 3
PSYC 310 Lifespan Human Development 3

PSYC electives

9-10
Sociology (15 hours)
SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology 3

SOCI electives

12
Other Academic Disciplines (15 hours)

*Permission for this option should be sought before a significant amount of course work has been undertaken. The field should have a logical connection to biology.

Introductory course taken by majors in the field 3

12 upper divison elective hours - As agreed upon by department chair of chosen discipline and biology department head.


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