Division I Chair: M. Saderholm

Program Chair: M. Hoffman

Faculty: C. Adams, D. Anderson, S. Blank, N. Douglas, M. Hoffman, P. Mineo, R. Rosen, and R. Scudder-Davis


Courses: BIO Courses

Major/Minor Requirements: Biology B.A.Biology Minor

The Biology Program curriculum is designed to enable students to understand the process of scientific inquiry and to introduce them to the major areas of biological sciences.

Qualified students may serve as Biology laboratory and teaching assistants and may engage in faculty-directed research and opportunities for independent study.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biology must complete a core of six courses plus a selection of four other courses. 

In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Biology Program seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:  

Learning Goal 1: Understand Fundamental Concepts in Biology

Learning Outcome 1.1:  Be able to describe, apply and integrate the fundamental concepts of biology including cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, organismal diversity, and organismal structure and function.

Learning Goal 2: Understand the Scientific Method

Learning Outcome 2.1:  Recognize and identify steps and articulate process in the scientific method.

Learning Outcome 2.2: Develop the ability to identify and develop research questions/hypotheses, develop appropriate experimental design, conduct independent research, collect and interpret experimental data, and communicate experimental results & conclusions in an oral, written, and/or poster format.

Learning Goal 3: Research Methods, Methodologies, and Experiences

Learning Outcome 3.1:  Be able to search for, evaluate, interpret, and communicate scientific information, including primary research journal articles, review articles, and popular scientific literature.

Learning Outcome 3.2:  Gain experience with the tools of the biologist, including scientific equipment, library resources, computer applications, Internet resources, etc.

Learning Outcome 3.3: Be able to apply quantitative methodologies to biological questions;

Learning Goal 4: Apply Knowledge & Skills

Learning Outcome 4.1: Demonstrate proficiency in written, oral and visual communication skills.

Learning Outcome 4.2: Develop appropriate career skills essential for biologists, including the abilities to: set goals and priorities; work independently and in a group or team; demonstrate courtesy and respect to colleagues; accept responsibility for one's actions.  

Learning Outcome 4.3: The ability to listen actively to, review, and evaluate the work of others.

Learning Outcome 4.4: Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of one’s role as a scientifically-literate global citizen and professional.

Biology Course Sequencing Table:

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

CourseFall 15Spr 16Fall 16Spr 17Fall 17Spr 18Fall 18Spr 19
BIO 101X X X X 
BIO 102 X X X X
BIO 207X X X X 
BIO 220X X X X 
BIO 310 X   X  
BIO 323 X X X X
BIO 324  X   X 
BIO 325 X   X  
BIO 327 X   X  
BIO 330X X X X 
BIO 331   X   X
BIO 332X   X   
BIO 344X   X   
BIO 441   X x X

 *FSI = As faculty and student interest allows