Major in Biology

The BS in Biology is designed for pre-professional majors (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-optometry, medical technology, etc.) or for students who plan to go on to graduate school or to work with environmental opportunities (parks, water testing, etc.). A chemistry minor is required for the BS in Biology. 

The BA in Biology is designed for pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, or Biology education majors. A chemistry minor is not required. 

Opportunities for academic involvement include membership to the BIO (Beta Iota Omicron) Club or the ACS (American Chemical Society). There are also undergraduate research opportunities for students through the Undergraduate Research Experience.

For more information please contact Dr. Brian Butterfield, chair of the Department of Biological, Physical, and Human Sciences and director of Undergraduate Research for the College of Arts and Sciences, at bbutterfield@fhu.edu.


4-Year Plans

To make your path to graduation a little easier, 4-year plans for students planning to major in Biology have been created:

2014-2015 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Teaching Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Environmental Science Concentration)

2013-2014 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Teaching Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Environmental Science Concentration)


2012-2013 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Teaching Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Environmental Science Concentration)


2011-2012 4-Year Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Environmental Science Concentration)


Course of Study for a B.A. Major in Biology 

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Caleb Kersey

(Recommended Major for those seeking teacher licensure or admission to physical therapy or occupational therapy school)
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Graduation Requirements.

I. General Education Requirements 48 hours
  (Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to any MAT course that fulfills the General Education Requirement except MAT 100 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics 
Limit III. B. Biology to BIO 111 General Biology I
Limit III. B. Chemistry or Physical Sciences to CHE 121 General Chemistry I and CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab


II. Major Requirements

BIO  112 General Biology II  4 hours 
BIO 205  Cell Biology  
BIO  321  Ecology (W) 
BIO  333  Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics OR 
BIO  335  Genetics  (4) 
BIO  444  Biological Concepts of Origins (W)
BIO    Biology (upper-division botany)* 
BIO    Biology (upper-division zoology)* 
BIO    Electives 
BPH  400  Science Seminar (W) 
CHE  122  General Chemistry II 
CHE  122L  General Chemistry II Lab 
      36 hours 

*This must be a regular catalog laboratory course.

III. Electives (including additional Bible 42 hours

A foreign language, mathematics (including MAT235 Introductory Statistics), and physics are strongly recommended.

Total Hours                                                                  126 hours 

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Biology and General Science

1. Completion of the course of study for a B.A. Major in Biology as outlined above.
2. Required professional education courses (See Department of Education entry).

Course of Study for B.S. Major in Biology
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Caleb Kersey
(Recommended Major for those seeking admission to medical school.)

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Graduation Requirements.

I. General Education Requirements 48 hours
(Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display")
Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to any MAT course that fulfills the General Education Requirement except MAT 100 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
Limit III. B. Biology to BIO 111 General Biology I
Limit III. B. Chemistry or Physical Sciences to CHE 121 General Chemistry I and CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab
 

II. Major Requirements
BIO 112 General Biology II  4 hours
BIO 205  Cell Biology   3
BIO 321 Ecology (W)  4
BIO 333 Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics OR  4
BIO 335 Genetics  (4)
BIO 444 Biological Concepts of Origins (W)  3
BIO Biology (upper-division botany)*  4
BIO Biology (upper-division zoology)*  3(4)
BIO Electives 12
BPH 100  Special Topics in Science  0.5 
BPH 200  Special Topics in Science  0.5 
BPH 300  Special Topics in Science   1 
BPH 400  Science Seminar (W)  1 


40-41 hours
*This must be a regular catalog laboratory course.
 


III. Required Chemistry minor for B.S. Major
CHE 122 General Chemistry II   3 hours
CHE 122L General Chemistry II Lab   1
CHE 321/322 Organic Chemistry I and II (W)   8
CHE 331 Biochemistry I (W)   4
16 hours
   
IV. Electives (including additional Bible)
21-22 hours
A foreign language, mathematics (including MAT 235 Introductory Statistics), and physics are strongly recommended.
Total hours                                                                                             126 hours 

Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Biology and General Science
1.  Completion of the course of study for a B.S. Major in Biology as outlined above.
2.  Required professional education courses (see Department of Education entry).


Pre-Professional Curricula
Pre-professional work is provided in several fields: medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, optometry, physical therapy, cytotechnology, dental hygiene, etc. The student's advisor will offer special assistance to the student in planning an acceptable program of study. A student should examine the catalog of the institution to which he or she will transfer while planning a program of study at FHU. Plans to include credit by examination in a pre-professional program should be discussed in advance with the department chairman. Professional school admission is competitive.

Premedical students may major in chemistry or in other disciplines if they meet admission requirements at the institution to which they will transfer.


Course of Study for B.S. Major in Biology 
WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Paul Fader
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Graduation Requirements.
I. General Education Requirements 48 hours
(Listed in this catalog under Academics: "General Education Display.")
Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to any MAT course that fulfills the General Education Requirement except MAT 100 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics.
Limit III. B. Biology to BIO 111 General Biology I
Limit III B. Chemistry or Physical Science to CHE 121 General Chemistry I and Lab
II. Major Requirements
BIO 112 General Biology II  4 hours
BIO 205 Cell Biology  3
BIO 321 Ecology (W)  4
BIO 335 Genetics  4
BIO 444 Biological Concepts of Origins (W)
 3
BIO 323  Plant Taxonomy   4 
BPH 400  Science Seminar   1
Choose one of the following upper-level zoology courses
 4
BIO 311 Entomology (4)
BIO 331 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
BIO 416
Herpetology (W) (4)
27 hours
III. Concentration in Environmental Science
CHE 122 General Chemistry II   3 hours
CHE 122L General Chemistry II Lab   1
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I (W)   4
CHE 322 Organic Chemistry II (W)   4
CHE 356 Aquatic Chemistry   4
MAT 235   Introductory Statistics   3
Plus 12 hours chosen from the following courses 12
BIO 215 Microbiology  (4)
BIO 299B/399B
Biology of Freshwater Game Fishes
 (3)
BIO 299G/399G Field Research  (3)
BIO 315 Applied & Environmental Microbiology (W)  (4)
BIO 345 Wildlife Ecology (W)  (4)
BIO 415 Field Biology (W)  (4)
BIO 417 Animal Behavior (W)  (4)
BIO 498 Research (1-3)
CHE 221 Analytical Chemistry   (4)
PHS 299B Environmental Pollution  (3)
PHS 355 Natural Resource Conservation (W)  (4)
31 hours
 
IV. Additional Requirements

Math/Science Courses for B.S. Degree  3-4 hours 
V. Electives (including additional Bible)  16-17 hours 
Total hours  126 hours