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Biology Major

This major offers flexibility in course selection in Life Sciences and provides students with a broad education in several disciplines within biology. Students interested in medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school should major in Cell and Molecular Biology. Students have the option of taking a Chemistry minor with this degree.

General Education
COMM 171 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 Written Communication II 3
ENGL 102 Written Communication III 3
PSYC 182 General Psychology 0.5
KINE 100 Lifelong Physical Awareness 3
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
BIBL 215 Old Testament Literature 3
BIBL 216 New Testament Literature 3
    Foreign Language, Two Semesters 6
    History Elective 3
    Art/Drama/Music 3
    Literature 3
PHIL 150 Logic & Critical Thinking 2
PHIL 250 Introduction to Philosophy 3
THEO 110 Exploring the Christian Faith 3
PHIL 452 Senior Experience 1
KINE 112-138 Physical Awareness 1.5
    Total Hours: 47
Major
BIOL 125 General Biology 4
BIOL 210 Zoology 4
BIOL 211 Botany 4
BIOL 308 Molecular Cell Biology 4
BIOL 309 Genetics 4
BIOL 313 Ecology 4
BIOL 337 Vertebrate Physiology or 4
BIOL 214 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and  
BIOL 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology II [8]
Choose one of the following:
BIOL 312 Microbiology 4
BIOL 317 Ecological Research Techniques [4]
    Au Sable Institute Course [4]
Choose one of the following:
BIOL 415 Quantitative Methods in Biology 4
CHEM/BIOL 460 Biochemistry [4]
    Molecular Laboratory Research  
BIOL 480 Experience [4]
    Total Hours: 36-40
Option 1: Math & Physical Science Support Courses
CHEM 163 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 121 General Physics I or 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II [4]
NS 333 Scientific Research Methods 3
MATH 111 Basic Probability & Statistics 3
MATH 131 Calculus I or 4
MATH 124 Applied Calculus [3]
    Total Hours: 29-30
Electives needed to complete degree 7-12
Option 2: Math & Physical Science Support Courses with Chemistry Minor
MATH 111 Basic Probability & Statistics 3
MATH 131 Calculus I or 4
MATH 124 Applied Calculus [3]
PHYS 121 General Physics I or 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II [4]
NS 333 Scientific Research Methods 3
CHEM 163 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 280 Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM/BIOL* 480 Biochemistry 4
*Required if not taken as part of the major courses
    Total Hours: 33-38
Electives needed to complete degree 0-8