Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Biology BS

Upon graduation, biology majors are prepared for careers in research laboratories, environmental laboratories, conservation-related fieldwork, and other fields. At least one-third continue their education in either graduate or professional school, pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students are proficient in critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in the sciences.
  • Students use the scientific method to conduct hypothesis-driven research or complete a science-based service project.
  • Students demonstrate global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in the pursuit of science.
  • Students demonstrate leadership and the ability to work in teams.
  • Students are proficient presenting scientific information in oral and written form.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and principles of biology.
  • Students are confident, satisfied, and well-prepared to undertake careers in the biological sciences.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Biology degree requires 128 credit hours:

  • 47-49 credit hours of general education courses, (excluding six credit hours counted in the major core)
  • 32 credit hours of prescribed courses in biology, chemistry, and physics,
  • a minimum of 17 credit hours of directed electives in biology,
  • a minimum of 8 credit hours of science electives, and
  • elective courses as needed

The Biology minor requires seven courses for 18 to 24 credit hours in biology and environmental science:

  • Two prescribed courses for 6 to 8 credit hours in biology,
  • Five additional courses in biology and environmental science

Program of Study

The B.S. in Biology requires 128 credit hours.

  • Major core requirements: BIOL 190, BIOL 191 (Prin. of Bio. I & II), BIOL 295 (Genetics), BIOL 296/7 (Ecol. & Div. with Lab), BIOL 366 (Exp. Des.), BIOL 401 (Sen. Cap.), BIOL 480 (Bio. Seminar), CHEM 141, CHEM 142 (Prin. of Chem. I & II), SCIE 257, SCIE 258 (Physics I & II),
  • Major directed electives, 17 credit hours minimum from: BIOL 208 (Anim. Nutr.), BIOL 226 (Micro.), BIOL 227 (Mar. Biol.), BIOL 257/259/260 (Bio. Field Studies), BIOL 349 (Vert. Phys.) or BIOL 271 (Mamm. A&P I), BIOL 290 (Comp. Anat.) or BIOL 273 (Mamm. A&P II), BIOL 344 (Dev. Bio.), BIOL 347 (Invert.), BIOL 348 (Behav. Ecol.), BIOL 350 (Cell), BIOL 351 (Cell Lab), BIOL 353 (For. & Grass. Ecol.), BIOL 421 (Ecol.), BIOL 438 (Evol.), BIOL 439 (Intro. Ornith.), BIOL 440 (Mol. Bio.), BIOL 448 (Taxon. Flower. Plants), BIOL 465 (Adv. Phys/Patho.), BIOL 471 (Immuno), BIOL 474 (Virol.), BIOL 481 (Bio. Sem.), BIOL 496 or 497 or 498 or 499 (Special Problems)
  • Major Science electives, minimum of 8 credit hours from: directed electives not taken above, ENVS 232 (Intro. Env. Sci), ENVS 330 (Env. Law) or ENVS 332 (Env. Regs.), ENVS 385 (Sur. & Sub. Proc.), ENVS 432 (Adv. Env. Sci.), SCIE 276 (Geology), CHEM 241 (Organic I), CHEM 242 (Organic II), CHEM 333 (Biochem.) and 367 (Biotech. Lab), CHEM 343 (Env. Chem.), any other CHEM 200-level or above

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this program, it is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Biology majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Courses may be repeated only once.

Graduation Requirements

Biology majors are required to pass an exit exam by the end of their senior year.