Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, B.S.


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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:

  • 36-37 credit hours of Franciscan Core general education courses
  • 42 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

Program of Study


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

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.

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