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BS in Biology

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Program Overview

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    

Student looks into the lens of a microscope in Buckman Center lab

Attention to details

Yesha Patel '20 examines microscope slides in the Buckman Center biology lab on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Student Spotlight: Andrew DePass `21

Andrew DePass points to his research poster and talks to an onlooker

Sharing his research

Andrew DePass presented his research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November 2018.

Student research that could save lives

Biology major and pre-med student Andrew DePass `21 may one day play an important role in the fight against cancer, and he proved it in 2018 at a summer research program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

DePass worked with immunologists on ways to enhance T cell regeneration in the thymus, which can become damaged by chemotherapy and radiation treatment, thus increasing a cancer patient’s susceptibility to relapse and opportunistic infection.

“It’s generally the same problems with age-related atrophy as with cancer treatment atrophy,” DePass said.

DePass returned from the program intent on presenting his findings in November at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The four-day conference featured presentations from more than 2,100 students representing 350 colleges and universities across the country.

DePass took home the award for “Outstanding Presentation in Cancer Biology” at ABRCMS, a major stepping stone toward a future career in translational disease research. He credits faculty in the Quinnipiac Science Technology and Engineering Program (QSTEP) with providing invaluable feedback on how to format his presentation.

“Andrew never ceases to amaze me with his intelligence, wit and creativity,” said biology professor Catherine Takizawa. “His passion for biology is infectious."

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Biology Curriculum

Students majoring in biology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 23
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 3
Select a minimum of one course from each of the following categories:
Molecular and Cellular Electives:3
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
& 382L
Human Genetics
and Human Genetics Lab
BIO 471
& 471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
Organismal Electives:3
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 356
& 356L
Aquatic Ecology
and Aquatic 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 383
Evolution
Physiology Electives:3
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and 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
BIO 329
Neurobiology
BIO 350
Cardiovascular Physiology
Experiential Learning (Biological Component):
BIO 385Experiential Inquiry in Biology1-4
BIO 498Independent Study in Biology1-4
BIO 499Independent Study in Biology1-4
Open Electives20 - 31
Total Credits120-140

Students choose courses and follow a curriculum determined in consultation with their adviser. The minimum number of credits required for graduation is 120. Students take open electives to fulfill the minimum number of credits for graduation. The recommended curriculum for the completion of the requirements for the BS in biology follows.

Recommended Curriculum

First Year
Fall Semester
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 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
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 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable3
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 152
& 152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
UC University Curriculum3
Open Elective1
Spring Semester
BIO Biology Elective 43-4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
UC University Curriculum3
UC University Curriculum3
Open Electives1-2
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIO Biology Elective 43-4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
UC University Curriculum3
Foreign Language I3
Open Electives1-2
Spring Semester
BIO Biology Elective 43-4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
UC University Curriculum3
Foreign Language II3
Open Electives1-2
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIO Biology Elective 43-4
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Electives2-3
Spring Semester
UC Integrative Capstone3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Electives5
1

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.

2

Students must complete the College of Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.

3

Co-requisite courses must be taken simultaneously.

4

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.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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