Biological and Chemical Sciences

The biological and chemical sciences provide a foundation in the fundamental areas of biology, the study of life, and chemistry, the study of matter, and offer electives in a variety of advanced subjects.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the current year.

Biological and Chemical Sciences Majors

In all courses the application of the scientific method to achieve an understanding of the natural world is stressed. The Senior Capstone courses (BCS 403) offer all majors the opportunity to develop intellectual independence and the ability to think creatively. Students completing these majors will be prepared for a variety of careers in biology, medicine, biotechnology, environmental science, and chemistry. In addition, these students will be well equipped for advanced, specialized study in any health professions school or in graduate school.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (B.A., B.S.)

The number of courses required for the major is the equivalent of 17 courses of 3-4 semester hours (63-65 semester hours); at least 7 of these courses (18 semester hours) are at the 300-level or above.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (56-58 sem. hrs.)

BCS 398 Independent Research in Biology and Chemistry (2–4 sem. hrs.)
      -or-  BCS 290/390 Internship in Biology (2–4 sem. hrs)
BCS 403  Senior Seminar (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L Systems Biology: Biology of Organisms (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 214L Anatomy & Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 226L Genetics (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 312L Molecular Biology (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 107L General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 108L Chemical Analysis (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 213L Organic Chemistry I (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 214L Organic Chemistry II (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 305 Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 323L Biochemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 326 Biochemical Pathways (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs.)

One additional 300-level course in chemistry (3-4 sem. hrs.)

One additional 300-level course in biology (4 sem. hrs.)

Biological and Chemical Sciences Major (B.A.)

Required Courses

All of the following (38-40 sem. hrs.)

BCS 398    Independent Research in Biology and Chemistry (2–4 sem. hrs.)
     -or- BCS 290/390   Internship in Biology (2–4 sem. hrs.)
BCS 403        Senior Seminar in the Biological and Chemical Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 119L    Systems Biology: Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L    Systems Biology: Biology of Organisms (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 214L    Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 226L   Genetics ( 4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 107L  General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 108L  Chemical Analysis ( 4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 213L  Organic Chemistry I ( 4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 214L  Organic Chemistry II (4 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3-4 sem. hrs.)

MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus ( 4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
MATH 251 Mathematical Statistics (3 sem . hrs.)

One additional 300-level course in chemistry (3-4 sem. hrs.)

One additional 300-level course in biology (3-4 sem. hrs.)

Biological Sciences: Health Sciences Major (B.S.)

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following:

HS 100 Introduction to Health Sciences (3 sem. hrs.)
HS 290/390 Internship in Health Sciences (2-4 sem. hrs.)
HS 401 Senior Seminar in Health Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L Systems Biology: Biology of Organisms (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 214L Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 226L Genetics (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 310L Microbiology (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 107L General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 108L Chemical Analysis (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 213L Organic Chemistry I (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 214L Organic Chemistry II (4 sem. hrs.)
PSY 101 General Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)

One of following (3 sem. hrs.):

SOC 151 Principles of Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 228 Social Problems (3 sem. hrs.)

One of following (3-4 sem. hrs.):

MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus I (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 112 Calculus II: Introduction to Calculus II (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)

Three of the following, from at least two different disciplines (9-12 sem. hrs.):

BIOL 201L    Cellular and Molecular Biology (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 304L    Vertebrate Zoology (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 324L    Animal Behavior (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 330L    Anatomy and Physiology II (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 331      Developmental Biology (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 303    Medicinal Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 323L Biochemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 326    Biochemical Pathways (3 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L   Fundamentals of Physics I ( 4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 212L   Fundamentals of Physics II ( 4 sem. hrs.)
PSY 206        Health Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 227        Abnormal Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 242       Addiction (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 301      Child Clinical Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 342      Biological Bases of Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 343      Neuropsychology (3 sem. hrs.)

Biology Major (B.A., B.S.)

The number of courses required for the major is the equivalent of 15 courses of 3-4 semester hours (57–62 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (38-50 sem. hrs.)

BCS 398   Independent Research in Biology and Chemistry (2–4 sem. hrs.)
     -or- BCS 290/390   Internship in Biology (2-4 sem. hrs.)
BCS 403  Senior Seminar (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 119L    Systems Biology: Ecology & Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L    Systems Biology: Biology of Organisms (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 201L   Cellular and Molecular Biology (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 205      Terrestrial Field Biology (3 sem. hrs)
BIOL 214L    Anatomy & Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 107L  General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 108L  Chemical Analysis (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 213L  Organic Chemistry I (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 214L  Organic Chemistry II (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 151     Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)

Three additional 300-level electives in biology, at least two of which have labs (11-12 sem. hrs.)

Chemistry Major (B.A., B.S.)

The number of courses required for the major is the equivalent of 17 (60-64 semester hours); at least 6 of these courses (18 semester hours) are at the 300-level or above.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (54-56 sem. hrs.)

BCS 398       Independent Research in Biology and Chemistry (2–4 sem. hrs.)
     -or- BCS 290/390   Internship in Biology (2-4 sem. hrs.)
BCS 403        Senior Seminar in the Biological and Chemical Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 107L General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 108L  Chemical Analysis (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 213L  Organic Chemistry I (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 214L  Organic Chemistry II (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 215L   Inorganic Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 305     Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)\
CHEM 308L   Laboratory in Physical Chemistry (1 sem. hr.)
CHEM 323L   Biochemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 327L   Instrumental Analysis (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 111     Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 112     Calculus II (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 111L   Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 212L   Fundamentals of Physics II (4 sem. hrs.)

Two of the following (6-8 sem. hrs.)

CHEM 303     Medicinal Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 326     Biochemical Pathways (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 331     Solid State Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 385    Topics in Chemistry (3-4 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 302    Modern Physics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHYS 307     Special Relativity and Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (3 sem. hrs.)

Biology Minor

The minor in biology gives the student training in the breadth of the field, as well as providing in-depth study in areas of her or his choice. Students majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology may not minor in biology. Total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (23–24 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (16 sem. hrs.)

BIOL 119L Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L Biology of Organisms (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 201L Cellular and Molecular Biology (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 214L Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)

Two 300-level biology courses, at least one of which has a lab (7-8 sem. hrs.)

Chemistry Minor

The minor program in chemistry furnishes an overview of the areas which traditionally comprise the discipline. This program provides a suitable background for those students who seek to apply this knowledge in a variety of fields. 

Students majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology may not minor in chemistry. Students majoring in biology or biological sciences: health science should work with their advisor to ensure that no more than 50% of the semester hours applied to this minor are also applied to their major. The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (21-24 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

CHEM 107L General Chemistry (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 108L Chemical Analysis (4 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 213L Organic Chemistry I (4 sem. hrs.)

Three additional courses in chemistry above the 100-level (9-12 sem. hrs.)

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