Biology

RICHARD L. CONOLLY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

B.S. in Biology


The B.S. in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies as well as for entering the job market. Students can elect to specialize in molecular biology. Students who elect to specialize in this concentration must complete all of the requirements for the B.S. in Biology. They also are required to take specific biology courses as part of their advanced biology electives.



Major Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits

Required Biology Courses
36 Major/24 Ancillary/8 Science Distribution
(All of the following)

MTH 30 Pre-Calculus 4
MTH 40 Calculus I 4
BIO 1 General Biology 4
BIO 2 General Biology 4
CHM 3 General & Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHM 4 General & Inorganic Chemistry  4
PHY 31 General Physics 4
PHY 32 General Physics 4
CHM 121 Organic Chemistry
CHM 122 Organic Chemistry 4

Advance Biology Elective  Courses (not including BIO 101, 131, 132, 137, 138)
(22 credits of the following)

BIO >100 22
BIO 102 Marine Biology 4
BIO 103 Comparative Anatomy and Evolution of Vertebrates 4
BIO 104 Human Functional Anatomy 4
BIO 105 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 106 Ecology 4
BIO 107 Parasitology 4
BIO 108 Molecular Biology of Plants 4
BIO 109 Bacteriology 4
BIO 111  Virology 4
BIO 112 Immunobiology 4
BIO 114 Herpetology 4
BIO 115 Histology 4
BIO 117 Animal Development 4
BIO 118 Biology of Animal Behavior 4
BIO 119 Principles of Evolution  4
BIO 120 Field Study in Ecology 4
BIO 121 Ornithology 4
BIO 125 Physiology 4
BIO 126 Principles of Genetics 4
BIO 127 Cell Signaling 4
BIO 128 The Basis of Cell Function 4
BIO 129 The Biological Basis of Human Variation 4
BIO 136  Biological Techniques
BIO 141 The Science of Sustainability 4
BIO 151 Bioinformatics and Genomics 4
BIO 152 Foundations of Biochemistry 4
BIO 153 Proteomics/Macromolecules Structure and Function 4
BIO 157 Bioinformatics Capstone I 4
BIO 158  Bioinformatics Capstone II 4
BIO 159  Bioinformatics Field Placements 3
BIO 160 Molecular Biology 2
BIO 161 Introductory Molecular Biology 

FOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

BIO 126 Principles of Genetics 4
BIO 160 Molecular Biology 2
BIO 161 Introductory Molecular Biology 3
BIO 193 Honors Research  5
BIO 194 Honors Research 
BIO 550 Molecular and Cell Biology 2
BIO 551 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory 2
CHM 135 Physical Chemistry I 4
BIC 153 Biochemistry  4
BIC 154 Biochemistry  4
BIO >100 Advanced Biology Credits 4

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 36+24 Ancillary+ 8 Distribution
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits= 17-18
Total Core Requirement Credits 34-35
Total Degree Credits 120

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3