Biological Science

Our Biology major explores the structure, function, and evolution of diverse living systems (plants and animals).

This Biology degree supports a core of general biological knowledge and skills and is designed to provide the background necessary to facilitate a career in biology.

It is intended to support the needs of students who are seeking to pursue graduate school or are interested in secondary biology education, and those looking for a faith-based biology degree.

We offer a general biology emphasis or a human biology emphasis.

Our students may assist professors with research, read more.


Courses

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

Part 2: Biological Sciences Biology Major

52 credits: 15 credits in residence, 25 credits upper division

Core Requirements:
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
PHS 212 General Chemistry II 4
MA 342 Statistical Methods 4
Emphasis Area Requirements (General):
BIO 301 Botany 4
PHS 301 Organic Chemistry I
OR PHS 230 Geology 4
Select 1 course from each of 3 categories, plus additional courses to total 16 UD credits.
Cell Biology:
BIO 330 Cell Biology 4
BIO 370 Microbiology 4
Physiology:
BIO 420 Mammalian Physiology 4
HHK 425 Exercise Physiology 4
BIO 222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4
*Students selecting this course must take additional UD credits in the major.
Organismal/Field Biology:
BIO 360 Ecology 4
BIO 380 Invertebrate Zoology 4
Additional electives:
Choose from any of the above UD electives, plus:
BIO/PSY 300 Neuroscience and Behavior 4
BIO 315 Malheur Natural History Studies 3
BIO 421 Elements of Gross Anatomy 4
HHK 325 Kinesiology 3
Emphasis Area Requirements (Human):
BIO 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
PHS 301 Organic Chemistry I 4
Upper Division Electives: (Select from the following courses)
Cell Biology:
BIO 330 Cell Biology 4
BIO 370 Microbiology 4
Physiology:
BIO 420 Mammalian Physiology 4
HHK 475 Exercise Physiology 4
Organismal/Field Biology:
BIO 301 Botany 4
BIO 360 Ecology 4
BIO 380 Invertebrate Zoology 4
Additional electives:
Choose from any of the above UD electives, plus:
BIO/PSY 300 Neuroscience and Behavior 4
BIO 315 Malheur Natural History Studies 3
BIO 421 Elements of Gross Anatomy 4
HHK 325 Kinesiology 3

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

MA 251 Calculus I 4
PHS 221 General Physics I 4
PHS 222 General Physics II 4
PHS 302 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHS 412 Biochemistry 4

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.

(Updated Sept. 2015)