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 & a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. The 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 campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997, and it provides 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

Biology (2340)

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

DescriptionCredits
Major Area required hours60-62
BIO 12204 Biology II4
BIO 20704 Ecology4
BIO 30304 Microbiology4
BIO 36404 Genetics4
BIO 40303 Evolution3
BIO 48101-04 Senior Research I1-4
BIO 48202-04 Senior Research II2-4
CHM 15505 (TAG) General Chemistry II5
CHM 26202 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHM 26303 (TAG) Organic Chemistry Theory I3
NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science or BIO 21404 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
PHY 10404 (TM) Principles of Physics or
PHY 17505 General Physics I with Algebra
4-5
BIO 30000-40000 Electives16
BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology
BIO 41304 Limnology
BIO 45303 Conservation Biology
BIO 47103 GIS Applications for Resource Management
Personal elective hours23-30
Total required hours for degree125
BIO 31303 Advanced Ornithology
BIO 32303 Mammalogy
BIO 32603 Epidemiology
BIO 33404 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 34403 Introduction to Biochemistry
BIO 35304 Field Biology and Methodology
BIO 36303 Local Flora
BIO 36804 Advanced Plant Biology
BIO 37303 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 37504 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 38503 Environmental Toxicology
BIO 43404 Parasitology
BIO 44403 Advanced Biochemistry
BIO 45303 Conservation Biology
BIO 47103 GIS Applications for Resource Management
BIO 49303 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals

DescriptionCredits
Personal elective hours18-24
Total required hours for degree120

Note: C- or better is required in all core and elective courses in the program.
*Human A&P 2 not required but recommended for those interested in medicine.
**Organic Chemistry 2 not required but recommended for those interested in medicine, required by medical schools and some biology graduate programs.
***General Physics 2 not required but recommended for those interested in medicine, required by medical schools and some graduate programs.

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 hours39-40
DescriptionCredits
Minor Area required courses:
BIO 12204 Biology II4
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 hours60-61
Total required hours for degree120

 

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 Biology II4
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 degree61-62