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BS in Biology

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Introduction

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

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    

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Interdisciplinary approach

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

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Biology Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
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 2
Select a minimum of one course from each of the following categories:
Molecular and Cellular Electives:
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 282
& 282L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 317
& 317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BIO 346
& 346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
BIO 365Cancer Biology3
BIO 382
& 382L
Human Genetics
and Human Genetics Lab
4
BIO 471
& 471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
4
Organismal Electives:
BIO 323
& 323L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIO 328
& 328L
Human Clinical Parasitology
and Human Clinical Parasitology Lab
4
BIO 352
& 352L
Botany
and Botany Lab
4
BIO 356
& 356L
Aquatic Ecology
and Aquatic Ecology Lab
4
BIO 358
& 358L
Life on a Changing Planet
and Life on a Changing Planet Lab
4
BIO 375
& 375L
Physiological Models for Human Disease
and Physiological Models for Human Disease Lab
4
BIO 383Evolution3
Physiology Electives:
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 225
& 225L
Physiological Diversity
and Physiological Diversity Lab
4
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 350Cardiovascular Physiology3
Experiential Learning (Biological Component):
BIO 385Experiential Inquiry in Biology1-4
BIO 498Independent Study in Biology1-4
BIO 499Independent Study in Biology1-4
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All students must complete University Curriculum requirements.

2

Co-requisite courses must be taken simultaneously.

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 13-4
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 13-4
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 13-4
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 13-4
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Electives2-3
Spring Semester
UC Integrative Capstone3
Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Open Electives5
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.

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