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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The bachelor of science in biology curriculum insures a solid foundation in the fundamentals of life science while allowing students to pursue specific areas of interest through three tracks. BS biology recipients are prepared for careers in business, industry, and government or for advanced degree programs in biological or biomedical fields.

  • Special Note: A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses in the biology curriculum in all tracks.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biomedical Sciences Track

The biomedical sciences track is designed for students seeking to continue their education in a medical, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, dental, or other medically related professional school and for those who will pursue graduate programs in any biomedical science, including microbiology, immunology, anatomy, physiology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and other areas. Although most recipients of this degree continue on to graduate or professional programs, careers as research technicians and in other areas are possible without further schooling.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ecology/Environmental Biology Track

The ecology/environmental biology track is designed for students interested in field biology, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental science, or any other area of life science related to the interaction of living things with their natural surroundings. This track is based on a philosophical commitment to relate modern life science to economic, environmental, and societal concerns. Students completing this degree can pursue careers in environmental science or related areas or can continue their education in graduate programs in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, zoology, botany, and other related areas.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, General Biology Track

The general biology track is designed for students interested in broad intellectual foundation in life science who do not want to limit their educational experience to focusing on the disciplines covered in the other tracks. While providing this fundamental base, the track also allows the latitude for students to pursue courses in particular areas of biology in which they have interest. Students completing this degree are prepared for careers or graduate programs in a broad range of biologically related areas.


Bachelor of Science in Biology

The bachelor of science in biology curriculum insures a solid foundation in the fundamentals of life science while allowing students to pursue specific areas of interest through three tracks: Biomedical Sciences,Ecology/Environmental, and General Biology. BS biology recipients are prepared for careers in business, industry, and government or for advanced degree programs in biological or biomedical fields.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biomedical Sciences Track

The biomedical sciences track is designed for students seeking to continue their education in a medical, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, dental, or other medically related professional school and for those who will pursue graduate programs in any biomedical science, including microbiology, immunology, anatomy, physiology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and other areas. Although most recipients of this degree continue on to graduate or professional programs, careers as research technicians and in other areas are possible without further schooling.

Degree Requirements
General Education Program 24 Hours
The Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Science components of the GEP are satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in biology. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.
Biology Curriculum 47 Hours
C– or better required in each course.
Mathematics and Support Sciences 31–32 Hours
General Electives 23–24 Hours
Minimum Hours Required 126 Hours
Biology Curriculum (47 Hours)
Biology Foundation 16 Hours
Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 1152 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 3770 Genetics & Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 4770 Cell Biology 5
 
Biomedical Sciences Core 7 Hours
BIOL 4771 Biotechnology 4
CHEM 4411 Biochemistry 3
Biomedical Sciences Electives 24 Hours
Choose from the following list
BIOL 3560 Principles of Anatomy 4
BIOL 3561 Principles of Physiology 4
BIOL 3640 Histology 4
BIOL 3650 Pathophysiology 4
BIOL 3750 Microbiology 4
BIOL 4660 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 4760 Diagnostic Microbiology 4
BIOL 4780 Immunology 4
 
Mathematics and Support Courses 31-32 Hours
Depending on MATH course taken.
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM 3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
MATH 1300 Precalculus or 5
MATH 2110 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 1500 Principles of Statistics or 3
MATH 2500 Statistics 1 (3)
PHYS 2201 Physics 1 or 4
PHYS 2211 Calculus-Based Physics 1 (4)
PHYS 2202 Physics 2 or 4
PHYS 2212 Calculus-Based Physics 2 (4)
General Electives 23–24 Hours
Depending on MATH choice. Note: A grade of C– or better is required in all courses in the biology curriculum in all tracks.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ecology/Environmental Biology Track

The ecology/environmental biology track is designed for students interested in field biology, zoology, botany, ecology, environmental science, or any other area of life science related to the interaction of living things with their natural surroundings. This track is based on a philosophical commitment to relate modern life science to economic, environmental, and societal concerns. Students completing this degree can pursue careers in environmental science or related areas or can continue their education in graduate programs in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, zoology, botany, and other related areas.

Degree Requirements
General Education Program 24 Hours
The Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Science components of the GEP are satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in biology. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.
Biology Curriculum 55 Hours
C– or better required in each course.
Mathematics and Support Sciences 26–27 Hours
General Electives 20–21 Hours
Minimum Hours Required 126 Hours
Biology Curriculum (55 Hours)
Biology Foundation 16 Hours
Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 1152 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 3770 Genetics & Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 4770 Cell Biology 5
 
Ecology/Environmental Biology Core 15 Hours
BIOL 3850 Ecology 4
BIOL 3860 Field Methods 4
BIOL 3870 Evolution 3
NTSC 2850 Intro. to Environmental Science 4
Physiology Elective 4 Hours
Choose from the following list
BIOL 3360 Animal Physiology 4
BIOL 3561 Principles of Physiology 4
BIOL 4270 Plant Physiology 4
Botany Electives 8 Hours
Choose from the following list
BIOL 2250 Plant Taxonomy & Spring Flora 4
BIOL 2252 Dendrology 4
BIOL 3270 Plant Anatomy & Morphology 4
BIOL 3271 Non-Vascular Plants 4
BIOL 4270 Plant Physiology 4
 
Zoology Electives 8 Hours
Choose from the following list
BIOL 2370 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIOL 3350 Entomology 4
BIOL 3355 Ornithology 4
BIOL 4360 Herpetology 4
BIOL 4370 Mammalogy 4
 
Biology Elective 4 Hours
Any biology course numbered 4000 or above
 
Mathematics and Support Courses 26-27 Hours
Depending on MATH course taken.
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM 3305 Organic Chemistry 1 or 4
CHEM 2200 Intro. to Organic Chemistry (4)
GEOL 1201 Phys. Geol. & Human Environment 4
MATH 1300 Precalculus or 5
MATH 2110 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 1500 Principles of Statistics or 3
MATH 2500 Statistics 1 (3)
PHYS 2201 Physics 1 or 4
PHYS 2211 Calculus-Based Physics 1 (4)
PHYS 2202 Physics 2 or 4
PHYS 2212 Calculus-Based Physics 2 (4)
General Electives 23–24 Hours
Depending on MATH choice. Note: A grade of C– or better is required in all courses in the biology curriculum in all tracks.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, General Biology Track

The general biology track is designed for students interested in broad intellectual foundation in life science who do not want to limit their educational experience to focusing on the disciplines covered in the other tracks. While providing this fundamental base, the track also allows the latitude for students to pursue courses in particular areas of biology in which they have interest. Students completing this degree are prepared for careers or graduate programs in a broad range of biologically related areas.

Degree Requirements
General Education Program 24 Hours
The Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Science components of the GEP are satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in biology. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.
Biology Curriculum 55 Hours
C– or better required in each course.
Mathematics and Support Sciences 22–23 Hours
General Electives 24–25 Hours
Minimum Hours Required 126 Hours
Biology Curriculum (55 Hours)
Biology Foundation 16 Hours
Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 1152 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 3770 Genetics & Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 4770 Cell Biology 5
 
General Biology Core 7 Hours
BIOL 3850 Ecology 4
BIOL 3870 Evolution 3
Botany Electives 8 Hours
Choose from the following list
BIOL 2250 Plant Taxonomy & Spring Flora 4
BIOL 2252 Dendrology 4
BIOL 3270 Plant Anatomy & Morphology 4
BIOL 3271 Non-Vascular Plants 4
BIOL 4270 Plant Physiology 4
 
Zoology Electives 8 Hours
Choose from the following list
BIOL 2370 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIOL 3350 Entomology 4
BIOL 3355 Ornithology 4
BIOL 4360 Herpetology 4
BIOL 4370 Mammalogy 4
 
General Biology Electives 16 Hours
Any biology course numbered 2000 or above. Four of these hours must be at 4000 or above. Only four hours of BIOL 4995 may be counted.
 
Mathematics and Support Courses 22-23 Hours
Depending on MATH course taken.
CHEM 1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM 3305 Organic Chemistry 1 or 4
CHEM 2200 Intro. to Organic Chemistry (4)
MATH 1300 Precalculus or 5
MATH 2110 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 1500 Principles of Statistics or 3
MATH 2500 Statistics 1 (3)
PHYS 1130 Biophysics 3
General Electives 24–25 Hours
Depending on MATH choice. Note: A grade of C– or better is required in all courses in the biology curriculum in all tracks.

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Andy Napper, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3596

smesser@shawnee.edu or
science@shawnee.edu

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