Biology

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

Biomedical Track (2350):

DescriptionCredits
Major Area required hours60-62
BIO 12204 Biology4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 21404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 30304 Microbiology4
BIO 36404 Genetics4
BIO 40303 Evolution3
BIO 47003 Senior Research3
CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II5
CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I3
CHM 27202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHM 27303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory II3
PHY 17505 General Physics I with Algebra5
PHY 18505 General Physics II with Algebra5
Select one:
BIO 37303 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 34403 Introduction to Biochemistry
3
Select one:
BIO 22404 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
BIO 37504 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
4
Select one:
BIO 43404 Parasitology
BIO 49303 Pathophysiology
BIO 38402 Immunology
BIO 32603 Epidemiology
BIO 38503 Environmental Toxicology
2-4
Personal elective hours23-25
Total required hours for degree125

Ecology Track (2370)

DescriptionCredits
Major Area required hours60-62
BIO 12204 Biology4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 30304 Microbiology4
BIO 36404 Genetics4
BIO 40303 Evolution3
BIO 47003 Senior Research3
CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I5
CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I3
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science4
PHY 10404 (TM) Principles of Physics or
PHY 17505 General Physics I with Algebra
4-5
BIO 30000-40000 Electives3-4
Select one:
BIO 36303 Local Flora
BIO 36804 Advanced Plant Biology
3-4
Select one:
BIO 32303 Mammalogy
BIO 33404 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 37504 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
3-4
Select one:
BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology
BIO 41304 Limnology
BIO 45303 Conservation Biology
BIO 47103 GIS Applications for Resource Management
3-4
Select one:
BIO 43404 Parasitology
BIO 32603 Epidemiology
BIO 38503 Environmental Toxicology
BIO 37303 Cellular and Molecular Biology
3-4
Personal elective hours23-25
Total required hours for degree125

Biology (2340)

DescriptionCredits
Major Area required hours60-62
BIO 12204 Biology4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 30304 Microbiology4
BIO 36404 Genetics4
BIO 40303 Evolution3
BIO 47003 Senior Research3
CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II5
CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I3
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science4
PHY 10404 (TM) Principles of Physics or
PHY 17505 General Physics I with Algebra
4-5
BIO 30000-40000 Electives3-4
Select one:
BIO 36303 Local Flora
BIO 36804 Advanced Plant Biology
3-4
Select one:
BIO 32303 Mammalogy
BIO 33404 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 37504 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
3-4
Select one:
BIO 21404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 43404 Parasitology
BIO 49303 Pathophysiology
BIO 37303 Cellular and Molecular Biology
3-4
Select one:
BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology
BIO 41304 Limnology
BIO 45303 Conservation Biology
BIO 47103 GIS Applications for Resource Management
3-4
Personal elective hours23-30
Total required hours for degree125

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)