Biology, BS

The study of biology tries to understand the complex mechanisms that give rise to the organization of all living things and ultimately, to biological diversity. The curriculum in Biology is designed to allow students to first learn and then apply basic biological knowledge to critical practical problems in various fields such as: health and medicine; agriculture and the management of other renewable resources; and, the nature of populations and their control. The amount of information that is currently being discovered in the biological world is daunting, and we recognize that some students may want to focus within an area of specialization. Students begin our curriculum with a core of five courses biology (and associated laboratories). These courses provide a common knowledge base for all biology majors. The sequence begins with an overview of evolutionary, environmental, and organismal concepts, and then proceeds to examine relationships between development, structure, and function as adaptational mechanisms. Later courses in the core examine cellular organization and function, followed by genetic and molecular principles so important to modern biology.

A basic education in biology is good preparation for advanced work in various aspects of applied pharmacy, agriculture, dentistry, medicine, genetic counseling, marine biology, optometry, veterinary medicine, behavioral sciences, biomedical and environmental engineering, forestry, and wildlife, range, and water management.

General Education Core (30 credits)

Refer to PNC General Education Core for full listing of courses.

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

0 - 3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning – (6 credits)

The Biology/Chemistry Department recommends the following courses:

MA 22300Introductory Analysis I

3 credits

STAT 30100Elementary Statistical Methods

0 - 3 credits

MA 22300 or higher (i.e., calculus) and STAT 30100 or higher become requirements for the BS in Biology if students have met the Quantitative Reasoning component of the General Education Core with other courses.

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

The Biology/Chemistry Department recommends the following courses:

CHM 11500General Chemistry

0 - 4 credits

CHM 11600General Chemistry

0 - 4 credits

CHM 11500 and CHM 11600 become requirements for the BS in Biology if students have met the Natural Science and Technology component of the General Education Core with other courses.

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

See PNC General Education Core. Choose two courses, one from each list.

FYE or Humanities/Social Sciences (3 credits)

The Biology/Chemistry Department recommends the following course:

GS 19100First-Year Experience I

3 credits

See Humanities courses

See Social Sciences courses

Students transferring into the program with more than 30 credits completed are not expected to complete the First-Year Experience (GS 19100), but should complete an additional course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences lists.

PNC Supplemental Core (6 credits)

Global Cultures (3 credits)

Choose one course from the approved list of courses.

Individual and Society (3 credits)

Choose one course from the approved list of courses.

Required Courses (66 credits)

Biology Core (21 credits)

BIOL 12100Biology I: Diversity, Ecology, And Behavior

2 credits

BIOL 13100Biology II: Development, Structure, And Function Of Organisms

3 credits

BIOL 14500Introduction To The Biology Laboratory

0 - 2 credits

BIOL 23100Biology III: Cell Structure And Function

3 credits

BIOL 23200Laboratory In Biology III: Cell Structure And Function

2 credits

BIOL 24100Biology IV: Genetics And Molecular Biology

3 credits

BIOL 24200Laboratory In Biology IV: Genetics And Molecular Biology

2 credits

BIOL 28600Introduction To Ecology And Evolution

2 credits

BIOL 28800Introductory Field Ecology

2 credits

Foreign Language (6 credits)

Must take a foreign language through the second semester for credit.

Biology as a Career (3 credits)

BIOL 11400Freshman Experience

1 credits

BIOL 40700Capstone Experience

1 credits

Choice of:

Pick one of the following courses:
BIOL 29300Sophomore Seminar: Planning Your Future In Biology

1 credits

BIOL 39300Preparing For Your Future In Biology

1 credits

Molecular and Cellular Biology Area (6 credits)

Two courses from the area list below:

BIOL 32200Microbiology

3 credits

BIOL 32300Microbiology Laboratory

2 credits

BIOL 41500Introduction To Molecular Biology

3 credits

BIOL 41700Laboratory In Biotechnology

3 credits

CHM 32100Analytical Chemistry I

0 - 4 credits

CHM 33300Principles Of Biochemistry

3 credits

CHM 42000Laboratory In Molecular Biochemistry

0 - 3 credits

BIOL 32200 and BIOL 32300 are considered one course.

Structure and Function Area (6 credits)

Two courses from the area list below:

BIOL 40400Human Gross Anatomy

0 - 5 credits

BIOL 45500Animal Physiology

3 credits

BIOL 45600Laboratory In Animal Physiology

1 credits

BIOL 46600Developmental Biology

0 - 3 credits

BIOL 49200Mycology

0 - 4 credits

BIOL 53100Parasitology

0 - 4 credits

BTNY 21000Introduction To Plant Science

0 - 4 credits

BIOL 45500 and BIOL 45600 are considered one course.

Evolution Area (6 credits)

Two courses from the area list below.

BIOL 31100Introduction To Evolution

3 credits

BIOL 40200Biogeography

0 - 3 credits

BIOL 43300Introduction To Population Genetics

0 - 3 credits

BIOL 46100Animal Behavior

3 credits

BIOL 46200Evolution Of Human Mating Systems

3 credits

Ecology and Environmental Biology Area (6 credits)

Two courses from the area list below.

BIOL 38500Introduction To Ecology

0 - 3 credits

BIOL 44200Ecology Of Shallow Lakes

0 - 5 credits

BIOL 48300Great Issues: Environmental And Conservation Biology

0 - 3 credits

BTNY 55500Aquatic Botany

0 - 3 credits

CHM 48100Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

FNR 54000Wetlands Ecology

0 - 3 credits

Chemistry and Physics (12 credits)

CHM 25500Organic Chemistry

3 credits

CHM 25501Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1 credits

CHM 25600Organic Chemistry

3 credits

CHM 25601Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1 credits

PHYS 22000General Physics

0 - 4 credits

Experiential Learning

In addition to the requirements listed above, all students must complete a learning "experience" including one of the following:

  • A course with a recognized "service learning" component (inquire with the Biology/Chemistry department);
  • An internship arranged through, or approved by the Biology/Chemistry department (students will need to complete a Learning Agreement with the department and their internship mentor/supervisor before beginning their internship in order to satisfy this requirement);
  • Undergraduate research (e.g., BIOL 29500, BIOL 39500, or BIOL 49500) approved by the department

Free Electives (18 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Students should be aware that the department also offers a Chemistry Minor for Biology Majors. Students can complete this minor by taking CHM 32100 – Analytical Chemistry I and CHM 37200 – Physical Chemistry in addition to the other required Chemistry courses.