BA in Biology

Students often choose the General Biology Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree because of the flexibility it offers them for curriculum planning. Students who want to earn a special minor while studying biology have over 30 elective hours to dedicate as they wish.

Degree Plan

 

Core Curriculum – 71-74 hours

Christian Literacy – (18-21 hours)

Lower Level Courses
  • BI 1211/1311, Life of Christ – 2 hours
  • BI 1214/1314, Book of Acts – 2 hours
  • BI 2202/2302, Pentateuch – 2 hours
  • BI Elective (2/3 hours) – 2/3 hours
Upper Level Courses
  • BI 3311, Marriage and Family – 3 hours
  • BI 4311, Christian Cultural Heritage – 3 hours
  • BI Elective, text-based (2/3 hours) – 2/3 hours
  • BI Elective, text-based (2/3 hours) – 2/3 hours

Cultural Heritage Literacy – (12 hours)

  • HU 1310, Western Cultural Heritage I – 3 hours
  • HU 1320, Western Cultural Heritage II – 3 hours
  • HU 2310, Western Cultural Heritage III – 3 hours
  • HU 2320, American Cultural Heritage – 3 hours

Mathematical and Scientific Literacy –  (11 hours)

Mathematics Requirement

MH 1340, Precalculus Algebra – 3 hours

Physical Science Requirement

CHM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and Lab – 4 hours

Natural Science Requirement

BIO 1301/1101 Principles of Biology I and Lab – 4 hours

Information and Communication Literacy – (21 hours)

Composition and Literature
  • EH 1301 English Composition I – 3 hours
  • EH 1302 English Composition II – 3 hours
  • EH 2301 or EH 2303 or EH 2304 – 3 hours
Communication

EH 1303 Speech Communication – 3 hours

Technology (one from the following list)
  • CA 1302 Computer Applications
  • CS 2305 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
  • INF 1300 Information Research and Strategies – 3 hours
Foreign Language

Six hours of a single foreign language – 6 hours

Personal and Social Literacy – (9 hours)

Personal
  • PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness – 3 hours
  • FE 1100 Freshman Experience – 1 hours
  • PE Activity – Two one hour activity courses – 2 hours
Social Science (one course from the following list) – 3 hours
  • PY 1310 Introduction to Psychology
  • CJ 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • COU 2320 Introduction to Counseling
  • SY 2328 Introduction to Sociology
  • PS 2308 Introduction to American Constitutional Government
  • BA 2303 Macroeconomics

Requirements in Addition to the Core – 59 hours

Required Biology Courses – (37 hours)

  • BIO 1302/1102 Principles of Biology II/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 2306/2106 Botany/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3303/3103 Invertebrate Zoology/lab or BIO 3304/3104 Vertebrate Zoology/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3325 Field Biology – 3 hours
  • BIO 3362/3162 Ecology/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3351/3151 Genetics/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3393/3193 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3353/3153 Microbiology/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 4360 Biology Internship – 3 hours
  • BIO 4380 Scientific Research – 3 hours

Departmental Requirements: – (7 hours)

  • CHM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II/lab – 4 hours
  • MH 2340 Statistics – 3 hours
  • Electives (Approved electives selected in consultation with advisor) – (15 hours)

Total Minimum Hours for Graduation – 130-133 hrs

Notes: 48 semester hours of upper level courses are required for graduation. Ask your bio-major advisor about appropriate modifications of the general biology curriculum to suit your needs. Graduation requirements for Biology degree include successful completion of the Departmental Exit Exam. The Science Department highly recommends full competency in a foreign language recognizing that a student passing two semesters of college language may not achieve competency. Also note that a student who is already fluent in a language other than English may fulfill this requirement by earning appropriate CLEP scores.