Major in Biology

The B.S. in Biology is designed for pre-professional majors (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, medical technology, etc.) or for students who plan to go on to graduate school or to work with environmental opportunities (parks, water testing, etc.).This programs is also designed for Biology education majors.

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 at bbutterfield@fhu.edu.

 

Degree Requirements

B.S. Major in Biology

126 HOURS

Program Coordinator: Dr. Rachel Stevens Salmon

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation

 
     

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:

35 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core
Limit II. C. Basic skills to any MAT course that fulfills the liberal arts
core requirement except MAT 100 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
Limit III. B. Natural Sciences to CHE 121 General Chemistry I with
CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab

 
     

II. Major Requirements:

23 hours

BIO 111

General Biology I

4

BIO 112

General Biology II

4

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

BPH 100

Special Topics in Science

0.5

BPH 200

Special Topics in Science

0.5

     

III. Additional Requirements (choose one emphasis below):

18-22 hours

     

A. Biology - General

(Recommended for those seeking Teacher Licensure or admission to
Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy School.)

 

BIO

Biology (upper-division Botany)

4

BIO

Biology (upper-division Zoology)*

3 (4)

BIO

Electives

5

BPH 300

Special Topics

1

BPH 400

Science Seminar (W)

1

CHE 122

General Chemistry II

3

CHE 122L

General Chemistry II Lab

1

     

B. Biology – Professional
(Recommended for those seeking admission to medical school.)

 

BIO

Biology (upper-division Botany)

4

BIO

Biology (upper-division Zoology)* 

3 (4)

BIO

Electives

12

BPH 300

Special Topics in Science

1

BPH 400

Science Seminar (W)

1

     

C. Environmental Science

 

BIO 323

Plant Taxonomy

4

BIO 345

Wildlife Ecology (W)

4

BPH 300

Special Topics in Science

1

BPH 400

Science Seminar (W)

1

MAT 235

Introductory Statistics

3

     

Plus eight (8) hours chosen from the following courses:

8 hours

BIO 105

Principles of Conservation Biology

(3)

BIO 215

Microbology

(4)

BIO 299B/399B

Biology of Freshwater Game Fishes

(3)

BIO 299G/399G

Field Research

(3)

BIO 299I/399I

Environmental Pollution

(3)

BIO 311

Entomology

(4)

BIO 331

Vertebrate Zoology

(4)

BIO 355

Natural Resource Conservation (W)

(4)

BIO 416

Herpetology (W)

(4)

BIO 417

Animal Behavior (W)

(4)

BIO 498

Research

(1-3)

     

IV. Required Chemistry minor for Professional and Environmental Science Emphasis hours: 

16 hours

CHE 122

General Chemistry II

3

CHE 122L  

General Chemistry II Lab

1

CHE 321

Organic Chemistry I (W)

4

CHE 322

Organic Chemistry II (W)

4

CHE 331

Biochemistry I (W) (Professional Emphasis) OR

4

CHE 356

Aquatic Chemistry (Environmental Emphasis)

(4)

     

V. Electives (including additional Bible):
A foreign language, mathematics (including MAT 235 Introductory
Statistics), and physics are strongly recommended.

34-54hours

     

*This must be a regular catalog laboratory course.