BS in Biology

Whether you want to fight disease in developing countries, discover break through environmental research in the field, or see patients every day as a pediatrician, you’ll need a strong foundation in biology.

Program Overview

Interdisciplinary approach

Living and working with students from Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Law provides a backdrop to learn about other fields and programs.

A degree in biology unlocks the door to many opportunities in the medical and scientific world. From the molecular level to the big picture of entire ecosystems, we’ll give you the knowledge you need to pursue a career in public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, wildlife preservation or in business and industry fields such as pharmaceuticals.

While building a general foundation in both the life sciences and physical sciences, you’ll also have the flexibility to focus on your specific passions, whether they lie in genetics, physiology, ecology or another related area. And if you plan to attend medical school after graduation, our premed concentration will ensure you’re prepared. Between our well-equipped lab facilities and experiential learning component, you’ll get a head start on your professional career by applying theory in practical settings.

Our biology majors create their own experiential learning projects to reflect their passions: recent projects include research, either at Quinnipiac or at sites as distant as New Zealand, participation in service trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, working at zoos and national parks, and shadowing medical and dental professionals    

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Biology Curriculum

Course List
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum 46
Biological Science Core Requirements
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 152
& 152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
Physical Science Core Requirements
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Biology Electives 1
Select a minimum of one course from each of the following categories:11-16
Molecular and Cellular Electives:
BIO 240
Cellular Communication
BIO 282
& 282L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
BIO 317
& 317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
BIO 346
& 346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
BIO 365
Cancer Biology
BIO 382
Human Genetics
BIO 471
& 471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
Organismal Electives:
BIO 323
& 323L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
BIO 328
& 328L
Human Clinical Parasitology
and Human Clinical Parasitology Lab
BIO 352
& 352L
Botany
and Botany Lab
BIO 353
& 353L
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
BIO 358
& 358L
Life on a Changing Planet
and Life on a Changing Planet Lab
BIO 375
& 375L
Physiological Models for Human Disease
and Physiological Models for Human Disease Lab
BIO 383Evolution3
Physiology Electives:
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIO 225
& 225L
Physiological Diversity
and Physiological Diversity Lab
4
BIO 329
Neurobiology
BIO 350
Cardiovascular Physiology
Experiential Learning (Biological Component):
BIO 385
Experiential Inquiry in Biology
BIO 498
Independent Study in Biology
BIO 499
Independent Study in Biology
Total Credits103-108
1

Co-requisite courses must be taken simultaneously.

Students choose courses and follow a curriculum determined in consultation with their adviser. The recommended curriculum for the completion of the requirements for the BS in biology follows.

Recommended Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable I 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC University Curriculum 3
 Credits14
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIO 152
& 152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
UC University Curriculum 3
Open electives 6
 Credits16-17
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
UC University Curriculum 3
Open electives 6
 Credits16-17
Spring Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Open electives 6
UC University Curriculum 3
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
UC University Curriculum 3
UC Capstone 3
Open electives 4
 Credits13-14
Spring Semester
UC University Curriculum 6
Open electives 8
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-124
1

Some biology courses have no laboratory component and are 3-credit rather than 4-credit courses.

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students intending to pursue graduate or professional studies (medicine, dentistry, osteopathy or veterinary medicine) are advised to complete at least one semester of calculus. A minimum of MA 141 is required for graduation. BIO 150/BIO 150LBIO 151BIO 151L and BIO 152/BIO 152L are required for graduation. Students intending to pursue studies in professional health care fields are advised to complete additional courses chosen in consultation with their adviser.