BS in Biology

Students who wish to pursue careers in one of the many areas of the biological arena will earn the BS degree in General Biology. This degree prepares a student for a scientific or research career. Through strategic choices of our offerings students may tailor a curriculum to specifically suit their needs according to their future career and educational goals.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum – 66-69 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 –  (12 hours)

Mathematics Requirement

MH 2452, Calculus II – 4 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 – (15 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

Personal and Social Literacy – (9 hours)

Personal
  • PE 1300 Lifetime Fitness – 3 hours
  • FE 1100 Freshman Experience – 1 hour
  • PE Activity – Two one hour activity courese – 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 Additional to the Core – 60 hours

Required Biology Courses – (34 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 3351/3151 Genetics/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3312/3112 Cell Biology/lab or BIO 3353/3153 Microbiology/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3362/3162 Ecology/lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 3393/3194 Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I/lab or BIO 3357/3157 Plant Anatomy and Physiology lab – 4 hours
  • BIO 4360 Biology Internship – 3 hours
  • BIO 4380 Scientific Research – 3 hours

Departmental Requirements – (26 hours)

  • MH 2340 Statistics – 3 hours
  • PHY 2311/2111 University Physics I/lab – 4 hours
  • PHY 2312/2112 University Physics II/lab – 4 hours
  • CHM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II/lab – 4 hours
  • CHM 3349/3149 Organic Chemistry I/lab – 4 hours
  • CHM 3350/3150 Organic Chemistry II/lab – 4 hours
  • CHM 4349 Foundations of Biochemistry (or approved elective) – 3 hours

Total Minimum Hours for Graduation – 126-129 hours

Note: 48 hours of upper level credits are required for graduation. Ask your bio-major advisor about appropriate modifications of the general biology curriculum to suit your needs. Students seeking the General Science Teaching Certification must also add all education course requirements. Two semesters of a foreign language and BIO 4129, PHY 1304/1104, 1305/1105 and 4129 to the above curriculum to earn this endorsement. Graduation requirements for biology degree include successful completion of the Departmental Exit Exam.