Biological Science: Human Biology

Major Description

This degree supports a core of general biological knowledge and skills and is designed to provide background necessary to facilitate careers in the health sciences. It is intended to support the needs of students who are seeking careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy. You may also be interested in the General Biology major.

Major Outcomes

On successful completion of the major in Biological Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the fundamental concepts, theories and models necessary to the understanding of the biological sciences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within the sciences and mathematics in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, analyze data, and solve problems.
  • Understand and apply scientific methodologies through the formulation of hypotheses, use of current research technologies and statistical applications, and the evaluation and presentation of results.
  • Effectively communicate their approach to data analysis and problem solving in both written and oral form.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the historical context and development of the biological sciences over the years.
  • Explore science, faith and their integral relationship with the ethical, moral and spiritual issues of our society.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Biological Sciences Major

48 credits: 15 credits in residence, 21 credits upper division.

BIO 101 General Biology I 4
BIO 102 General Biology II 4
BIO 245 Evolution 3
BIO 250 Genetics 4
BIO 490 Senior Seminar in Biology 1
PHS 211 General Chemistry I 4
MA 342 Statistical Methods 4
Emphasis Area Requirements:
BIO 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
PHS 212 General Chemistry II 4
PHS 301 Organic Chemistry I 4
Upper Division Electives: (Select from the following courses)
BIO 330 Cell Biology 4
BIO 370 Microbiology 4
BIO 420 Mammalian Physiology 4
BIO 421 Elements of Gross Human Anatomy 3
OR HHK 325 Kinesiology 3
OR HHK 475 Exercise Physiology 4
BIO 300 Neuroscience and Behavior 4

*Students seeking admission to medical and dental schools will need the following courses in addition to the regular program:

PHS 412Biochemistry4

PHS 221 General Physics I 4
PHS 222 General Physics II 4
PHS 302 Organic Chemistry II 4