Biological Science

Our Biological Science major explores the structure, function, and evolution of diverse living systems, focusing on plants and animals. It supports biological knowledge and skills relevant to careers in biology.

It can prepare you to:

Pursue graduate school to become a scientist

Pursue professional studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.

Work in biology-related careers

Become a biology teacher (if followed by MAT 4.5)

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 Major

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

Core Requirements:
BIO 101General Biology I4
BIO 102General Biology II4
BIO 245Evolution3
BIO 250Genetics4
BIO 490Senior Seminar in Biology1
PHS 211General Chemistry I4
PHS 212General Chemistry II4
MA 342Statistical Methods4
Emphasis Area Requirements (General):
BIO 301Botany4
PHS 301Organic Chemistry I
OR PHS 230Geology4
Select 1 course from each of 3 categories, plus additional courses to total 16 300 or 400-level credits.
Cell Biology:
BIO 330Cell Biology4
BIO 370Microbiology4
Physiology:
BIO 420Mammalian Physiology4
EXSC 475Exercise Physiology4
BIO 222Human Anatomy & Physiology II*4
*Students selecting this course must take additional 300-400 level credits in the major.
Organismal/Field Biology:
BIO 360Ecology4
BIO 380Invertebrate Zoology4
Additional electives:
Choose from any of the above electives, plus:
BIO/PSY 300Neuroscience and Behavior4
BIO 315Malheur Natural History Studies3
BIO 421Elements of Gross Anatomy4
EXSC 325Kinesiology3
Emphasis Area Requirements (Human):
BIO 221Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PHS 301Organic Chemistry I4
Upper Division Electives: (Select from the following courses)
Cell Biology:
BIO 330Cell Biology4
BIO 370Microbiology4
Physiology:
BIO 420Mammalian Physiology4
EXSC 475Exercise Physiology4
Organismal/Field Biology:
BIO 301Botany4
BIO 360Ecology4
BIO 380Invertebrate Zoology4
Additional electives:
Choose from any of the above UD electives, plus:
BIO/PSY 300Neuroscience and Behavior4
BIO 315Malheur Natural History Studies3
BIO 421Elements of Gross Anatomy4
EXSC 325Kinesiology3

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

MA 251Calculus I4
PHS 221General Physics I4
PHS 222General Physics II4
PHS 302Organic Chemistry II4
PHS 412Biochemistry4

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 Oct. 2016)