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 2015-16 year.

Biological and Chemical Sciences Majors

Professor C. Bailey, Chair

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 290/390 Internship in the B&CS (2-4 sem. hrs)
BCS 403 Senior Seminar (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 114L Anatomy & Physiology I (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 130L Biology of Organisms (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 301 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 290/390 Internship in the Biological & Chemical Sciences (2-4 sem. Hrs.)
BCS 403 Senior Seminar in the Biological and Chemical Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 114L Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 119L Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L Biology of Organisms (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.)

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 (57-64 semester hours); at least 6 of these courses (18 semester hours) are at the 300-level or above.

REQUIRED COURSES

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

BCS 290/390 Internship in the B&CS (2-4 sem. hrs)
BCS 403 Senior Seminar (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 114L Anatomy & Physiology I (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 119L Ecology & Evolution (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 130L Biology of Organisms (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 course from each of the following three groups (9-11 sem. hrs)

PHYSIOLOGICAL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOL.

BIOL 304L Vertebrate Zoology (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 330L Anatomy & Physiology (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 331 Developmental Biology (3 sem. hrs)

MOLECULAR & CELLULAR BIOLOGY

BIOL 309 Cellular Biology (3 sem. hrs)
BIOL 310L Microbiology (4 sem. hrs)
BIOL 312L Molecular Biology (4 sem. hrs)

ECOLOGICAL BIOLOGY

BIOL 305 Plant Diversity & Evolution (3 sem. hrs)
BIOL 363 Advanced Ecology (3 sem. hrs)
ENVR 340 Sustainable Agriculture (3 sem. hrs)

Two additional 300-level courses in biology (6-8 sem. hrs)

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

The number of courses required for the major is the equivalent of 16 (51-56 semester hours); at least 6 of these courses (18 semester hours) are at the 300-level or above.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (42-44 sem. hrs.)

BCS 290/390 Internship in the B&CS (2-4 sem. hrs)
BCS 403 Senior Seminar (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 301 Physical Chemistry (3 sem. hrs)
CHEM 308LL Laboratory in Physical Chemistry (1 sem. hr)
CHEM 315L Inorganic Chemistry (4 sem. hrs)
CHEM 327L Instrumental Analysis (4 sem. hrs)
MATH 111 Calculus I: Introduction to Calculus (4 sem. hrs)
PHYS 111L Fundamentals of Physics I (4 sem. hrs)

Three of the following (9-12 sem. hrs.)

CHEM 303 Medicinal Chemistry (3 sem. hrs)
CHEM 323L Biochemistry (4 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 212L Fundamentals of Physics II (4 sem. hrs)
PHYS 302 Modern Physics (3 sem. hrs)
PHYS 307 Special Relativity and Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (3 sem. hrs)

Biology Minor

Assistant Professor K. Blake-Hodek, Coordinator

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 (24 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (16 sem. hrs.)

BIOL 114L Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 119L Ecology and Evolution (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 130L Biology of Organisms (4 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 226L Genetics (4 sem. hrs.)

Two 300-level biology courses (6-8 sem. hrs.)

Chemistry Minor

Professor C. Bailey, Coordinator

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 biology or biochemistry and molecular biology should consult with their advisor to ensure less than 50% overlap.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (23 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.)

Three or four additional courses in chemistry above the 100-level (9-16 sem. hrs.)

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