Department of Biology
- Pre-Health Professional Programs
- Science Education
- TeachScience (complementary major)
Description of Majors
Biology (48 hours)
The Biology major focuses primarily on biology and chemistry courses. All students are required to take courses in Foundations of Modern Biology, Cell Biology, Microbes and Disease, Genetics, Science Seminar, and 12 additional hours from upper-division biology courses. General Chemistry I & II and Organic Chemistry I are also required.
The core curriculum of the biology major offers four areas of specialization:
- Pre-Health Professional Programs: a curriculum designed to enhance the student’s appreciation of and success in a professional education program in various medical arts.
- Science Education: a curriculum chosen to prepare students to be at the forefront of science education for the 21st century.
- Molecular/Biochemistry/Microbiology: a curriculum designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and analytic ability to succeed in modern biology research and/or industrial arenas.
- Ecology/Environmental: a curriculum designed to prepare for bachelor entry programs in field biology and environmental science and graduate studies in the fields of ecology, environment, and zoology.
Biochemistry (52 hours)
The biochemistry major is an interdisciplinary major that applies the principles and methods of both biology and chemistry to understanding the molecular basis of life. The major requires a number of basic classes from each discipline with advanced courses in chemical instrumentation, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry, and allows the student to select additional courses necessary to pursue certain career objectives. Students considering a biochemistry major should begin their study with CHEM 2110 and BIOL 2210.
TeachScience (complementary) (38-31 hours)
This complementary major offers science students all of the learning and practical experiences needed to meet the state requirements for teacher certification. This major may only be combined with a catalog major in biology, chemistry, or physics, and cannot stand alone to meet graduation requirements. Program objectives include: emphasis on Christ-like servant ways in the development of a professional educator, strengthened by a liberal arts program; teaching as a mission to serve adolescents and young adults; the student’s completion of a traditional major in an area of science while pursuing advanced study in science and/or education; unique combination of secondary school experience and content area instruction; early opportunities for students to explore science teaching as a potential career; entrance into the program at any stage in the student’s educational journey, based on individual needs and circumstances; and program completion within four years for most students.
Description of Minor
Biology (16 hours)
A biology minor includes Foundations of Modern Biology I & II.