Teaching Faculty

Professors Dearolf, Duina, Hardin, Moran, and M. Sutherland
Associate Professors Harper (chair), McClung, Murray, and Schurko  
Assistant Professors Gantz, Houck, MacDonald, and Schneider


Major in Biology

12 or 13 courses distributed as follows:

  • BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 190 Botany
  • BIOL 220 Zoology
  • BIOL 250 Genetics
  • BIOL 365 Ecology and Evolution
  • 1 course from the following list:
          BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics
          MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
          PSYC 290 Statistics
          SOCI 210 Social Statistics
  • CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 General Chemistry I and II
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • 4 BIOL electives at the 300 or 400 level, one of which may be CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
  • BIOL 497 Biology Seminar


  • The Biology Department strongly encourages students to design and carry out independent research for course credit. However, this credit will not count toward the four required electives.
  • Students majoring in Biology cannot double major in Health Science.

Health Science Major

13 courses distributed as follows:

  • BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • CHEM 110 and 120 General Chemistry I and II
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • BIOL 205 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 215 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • PSYC 240 Childhood Development
    PSYC 245 Adult Development & Aging
  • PSYC 290 Statistics
    MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
  • HESC 497 Senior Seminar
  • HESC X95 Internship
    HESC X96 Internship for credit
    HESC X99 Independent Research
  • 4 courses from the following (at least two at 300 level or above):
              BIOL 250 Genetics
              BIOL 310 Developmental Biology
              BIOL 325 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
              BIOL 340 Microbiology
              BIOL 362 Physiology of Exercise
              BIOL 425 Systems Neuroscience
              BIOL 430 Immunology
              BIOL 440 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
              CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
              CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry
              HESC 200 Introduction to Athletic Injuries
              HESC 265 Nutrition
              PSYC 240 Childhood Development
              PSYC 245 Adult Development and Aging
              PSYC 351 Health Psychology
              PSYC 360 Behavioral Neuroscience
              PSYC 385 Abnormal Psychology


Students majoring in Health Science cannot double major or minor in Biology.

Senior Capstone Experience


The Senior Capstone Experience for the biology major consists of a comprehensive examination and participation in the senior seminar course BIOL 497 Biology Seminar. The comprehensive examination is the standardized Major Field Test (MFT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in biology. During the course, each senior presents a formal seminar. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on both the standardized test score and the BIOL 497 Biology Seminar grade.


Health Science

Health Science students are required to complete HESC X95 Internship (non-credit) or HESC X96 Internship (for credit) through Career Services and participate in HESC 497 Senior Seminar during one semester of the senior year. The Internship must be approved in advance by the program chair and completed prior to taking the senior seminar. When appropriate, and upon approval by the program chair, a year of research during the academic year or at least 8 weeks of summer research may substitute for the internship portion of the senior capstone experience. Students wishing to pursue a research capstone will take HESC X99 Independent Research instead of HESC X95 Internship (non-credit) or HESC X96 Internship (for credit).

Minor in Biology

Any five biology courses (with laboratories)

Any five biology courses (with laboratories) numbered 150 or above, at least two taken at the 300 or 400 level, one of which may be CHEM 330 Biological Chemistry .


  • The Biology Department highly recommends that all students pursuing a biology minor take at least CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure & Properties and CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis & Reactivity .
  • Students planning to certify to teach biology should contact their major advisors and the Education Department for a list of courses required within the major and by the professional societies for licensure.
  • The following are general guidelines for courses required by many graduate and professional schools. Students should refer to the Guide for Academic Planning and work closely with their academic advisors to ensure adequate course preparation for specific post-graduate programs.


Medical School, Dental School, and Veterinary Medicine Programs

Course Recommendations

Preparation for medical school, dental school, and veterinary medicine is best achieved by:  

  • Completing at least BIOL 150, BIOL 250 and BIOL 320;
  • Two courses in general chemistry, two courses in organic chemistry, and one course in biochemistry;
  • At least one course in mathematics;
  • At least one course in statistics;
  • Two courses in physics;
  • Two to three courses in English; and
  • At least two social science courses.

Graduate Programs

Course Recommendations

Preparation for graduate school is best achieved by:

  • Two years of biology;
  • Two courses in general chemistry and two courses in organic chemistry;
  • Two courses in physics;
  • At least one course in calculus; and
  • At least one course in statistics.

Independent research experience is highly desirable and will be expected by selective graduate programs. Some graduate schools also require basic programming skills and, occasionally, a reading knowledge in at least one foreign language.

    Program Course Listings

    The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

    Courses for Non-Science Majors

    The following courses are designed for non-science majors and may not be used to fulfill requirements for the biology major or minor. They will fulfill the collegiate Natural Science Inquiry Learning Domain requirement and will fulfill the laboratory requirement, if coded NS-L.

    BIOL 100

    BIOL 101

    BIOL 102

    BIOL 103

    BIOL 104

    BIOL 107

    BIOL 108

    BIOL 110

    BIOL 112

    BIOL 165

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    Biology Core

    The following courses are required for all biology majors. BIOL 221 and BIOL 222 should be taken during the sophomore year. BIOL 497 should be taken in the senior year. It is highly recommended that all other core courses be completed by the end of the junior year.

    BIOL 150

    BIOL 190

    BIOL 220

    BIOL 250

    BIOL 365

    BIOL 497

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    Biology Electives

    BIOL 205

    BIOL 215

    BIOL 235

    BIOL 300

    BIOL 310

    BIOL 320

    BIOL 325

    BIOL 330

    BIOL 335

    BIOL 340

    BIOL 355

    BIOL 360

    BIOL 362

    BIOL 370

    BIOL 375

    BIOL 425

    BIOL 430

    BIOL 435

    BIOL 440

    BIOL 460

    BIOL 465

    BIOL 470

    BIOL 480

    BIOL 490

    BIOL X99

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    Health Science Courses

    HESC 200

    HESC 265

    HESC X95

    HESC X96

    HESC 497

    HESC X99

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