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Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Biological Sciences program is designed to stimulate intellectual and personal growth through an examination of the fundamental properties of living systems, the application of experimental and descriptive methods of discovery, and the consideration of the social, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of biological knowledge. Both the rigor and flexibility of the program will help students enter employment or post‐baccalaureate studies with a competitive advantage, while allowing students to choose an individualized course of study with an emphasis in Ecology and Environment, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or Pre‐Professional Studies.

Program Goals

  • Students will demonstrate effective communications skills.
  • Students will become competent in laboratory techniques and scientific method.
  • Students will utilize critical-thinking skills.
  • Students will display professionalism.

Program of Study: Biological Sciences

General Core Requirements:

  • En101 English Composition I
  • En102 English Composition II OR En150 Advanced Composition
  • Fy100 Quest for Success: The First Year Experience
  • Ns380 Undergraduate Research (Capstone Course)
  • Humanities Core (two)
  • Natural Sciences Core (see Ns102 and Ma120 below)
  • Social Sciences Core (two)
  • Career Enhancing: Ma202 Statistical Methods and choose one more course

Major Requirements

  • Ma120 College Algebra (satisfies Natural Sciences Core)
  • Ns102 General Biology I (satisfies Natural Sciences Core)
  • Ns103 General Biology II
  • Ns104 General Chemistry I
  • Ns105 General Chemistry II
  • Ns150 General Physics I
  • Ns160 General Physics II
  • Ns350 Organic Chemistry I
  • Ns360 Organic Chemistry II

Choose one of the following:
Organismal courses:

  • Ns120 Human Biology
  • Ns200 Ecology
  • Ns215 Animal Behavior
  • Ns235 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Ns236 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Ns265 Botany
  • Ns315 Wildlife Biology
  • Ns410 Parasitology
  • Ns420 Mycology
  • Ns450 Comparative Zoology

Choose one of the following:
Cellular/Molecular courses:

  • Ns240 Medical Microbiology
  • Ns290 Cellular Biology
  • Ns300 Genetics
  • Ns310 Immunology
  • Ns320 Biochemistry
  • Ns370 Endocrinology

Concentration Requirements: Choose three 300/400-level Ns courses

General Electives: Choose 8 courses

A grade of C or higher is required for Ma120 College Algebra. A grade of C- or higher is required for the following courses: Ns102 General Biology I, Ns104 General Chemistry I, and Ns150 General Physics I.

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