Mission Statement

The mission of the biology department is to provide the student with a fundamental background in biology and related sciences to continue on into graduate or professional school (medicine, dentistry, etc.) or to obtain employment in biology or a biology related field.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student is able to:

  • Explain, using appropriate terminology, the basic concepts of cell/molecular biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics.
  • Explain the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, interpret the results of scientific investigations, and draw reasonable conclusions from data.
  • Complete critical reading of original and secondary source material.
  • Communicate, in oral and written form, biological technical information.
  • Relate models, theories and concepts to real world phenomena.
  • Use standard biological equipment appropriately and safely, and explain the limitations of the equipment. 

Facilities

The Kidd Math/Science Center opened in 1985. With an award winning masonry design, the center’s front doors open to a glass atrium with live plants and a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. Our center houses three large chemistry labs, three biology labs, one physics lab, one computer lab, lecture rooms, faculty offices and a large bent glass greenhouse that enhances the view of our campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997 providing math/science students along with the nursing students, two large lecture halls, a variety of lecture rooms, an anatomy lab, three computer labs, faculty offices and a conference room with a beautiful view of campus and the surrounding landscape.

Degree Requirements

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 12104 Biology I4
CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I5
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total General Education hours40
Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Biology (2330)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 12104 Biology I4
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Total General Education hours40
DescriptionCredits
Minor Area required courses:
BIO 12204 Biology4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 21404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science
4
BIO 30304 Microbiology4
BIO 36404 Genetics4
Total minor area hours20
Major and elective hours68
Total required hours for degree125

 

Associate of Science Degree – Concentration in Biology (2321)

DescriptionCredits
General Education must include:
BIO 12104 Biology I4
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses:
BIO 12204 Biology4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 21404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science
4
CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I5
CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II5
Total major area hours22
Total required hours for degree64

Adolescent to Young Adult Life Sciences (40433)