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Biology Program

Bachelor of Science: Biology
4 year – 120 credits

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) program strives to give students a well-rounded Biology education, with a broad-based biological background. In this way, the program allows for maximum flexibility in career choice, whether it be research, medicine, teaching, or another related discipline. The program strives to provide all the courses required for application and admission into professional programs such as Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacology, and Veterinary Medicine.

Students may choose a stream from the following list that best suits their career goals: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Health Sciences, or Ecology. The degree program also includes course work in Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Math, Microbiology, Physical Sciences, Physiology, and Zoology. The program helps students develop critical thinking skills as well as practical research techniques and laboratory skills.

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will have a solid understanding of:

  • the processes of life on a cellular level;
  • the structure and function of human life, with an understanding of its physiological processes;
  • animal life and physiology, with comparisons to human structure and function;
  • the physiology, genetics, and life history of micro- organisms;
  • individual and population ecology;
  • plant physiology and ecology.

BSc (Biology) graduates will also be able to:

  • apply biological knowledge to specific issues;
  • use critical thinking skills to approach research problems;
  • design experimental protocols to test hypotheses, with appropriate data collection and analysis;
  • perform basic experimental laboratory techniques, such as slide preparation, spectrophotometry, dissection, and extraction; integrate knowledge from the Arts and Sciences with their faith;
  • form values and convictions based on sound reasoning and clear methodology.

Career and Education Paths

Graduating students will have several career options open to them, including:

  • further professional studies (including Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine)
  • research in a private company (such as a pharmaceutical company or ecological group);
  • entry-level work in one of the many fields of biology – from ecology to botany to microbiology to physiology;
  • graduate work and research;
  • further studies in the areas of kinesiology, nursing, education or engineering.

Bachelor of Science: Biology Program Requirements (4 year - 120 credits)

UNI 101 The Ambrose Experience (non-credit)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level or IND 287 Science and Faith

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine or Performing Arts (3 credits)
(ART, DA, FA, MU, TH)

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Social Science (6 credits)
(BHS, ECO, PS, SO)

Biology/Biochemistry Requirements (18 credits)
BCH 297 Biochemistry
BIO 131 Introduction to the Cellular Basis of Life
BIO 133 Introduction to Plant and Organismal Biology
BIO 211 Principles of Genetics
BIO 213 Principles of Ecology
BIO 231 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 310 Quantitative Methods for Biology

Chemistry (9 credits)
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 103 General Chemistry II
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry I

Mathematics/Statistics (3 credits)
One of the following:
     MA 111 Linear Algebra
     MA 149 Introductory Calculus

Physical Sciences (6 credits)
PHY 111 Mechanics
3 credits from ASTR, GEO, GEOG, or SC 120

Science (3 credits)
SC 498 Science Capstone

Senior Biology Electives (24 credits)
(BCH, BIO, BOT, CHE^, ECOL, KIN*^, MED, ZOO)
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Biology electives; check the course descriptions.
^Note: No more than three credits of CHE or non-science KIN can be applied to Senior Science Electives, in order to meet minimum major requirements of 42 credits.

Electives
To meet senior level requirements in the program, you are advised to make sure you take enough senior electives (200-level or higher) to meet the required 72 senior credits in the program.

     Arts Electives 3 credits (non-Science)
     Open Electives 24 credits

Optional Bachelor of Science Streams:

Students may choose one or more streams as indicated below.

24 credits from one of the following streams

Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 241 General Microbiology
BIO 329 Molecular Genetics and Omics
CHE 253 Organic Chemistry II
Three of the following:
     BCH 357 Medical Pharmacology
     BIO 338 Developmental Biology
     BIO 455 Cancer Biology
     BIO 493 Independent Research Study in Biology (Cell-based)*
     BIO 495 Independent Research Study in Biology I (Cell-based)*
     BIO 497 Independent Research Study in Biology II (Cell-based)*
     MED 327 Medical Genetics
*Note: cannot take both BIO 493 and BIO 495/497 for credit

6 senior level Science credits in BCH, BIO, BOT, ECOL, KIN*, MED, ZOO
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Science credits; check the course descriptions.

Ecology
BIO 301 Principles of Evolutionary Biology
ECOL 319 Terrestrial Communities and Ecosystems
ECOL 351 Conservation Biology
Two of the following:
     BIO 241 General Microbiology
     BOT 203 The Botany of Plants
     ZOO 275 Invertebrate Zoology
     ZOO 277 Biology of Vertebrates
Two of the following:
     BIO 245 Research Methods in Biology
     BIO 493 Independent Research Study in Biology (Ecology-based)
     BIO 495 Independent Research Study in Biology I (Ecology-based)
     CHE 333 Environmental Chemistry and Sustainability Studies
     ECOL 235 Introduction to Environmental Science
     ECOL 383 Animal Behaviour
     ECOL 389 Field Course in Ecology
     ZOO 379 Introduction to Marine Biology

3 senior level Science credits in BCH, BIO, BOT, CHE^, ECOL, KIN*, MED, ZOO
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Science credits; check the course descriptions.
^Note: No more than three credits of CHE can be applied to this stream.

Health Sciences
CHE 253 Organic Chemistry II
MED 261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MED 263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Four of the following:
     BCH 357 Medical Pharmacology
     BIO 241 General Microbiology
     BIO 245 Research Methods in Biology
     BIO 269 Nutrition
     BIO 320 Bioethics
     BIO 329 Molecular Genetics and Omics
     BIO 338 Developmental Biology
     BIO 493 Independent Research Study in Biology (Health-based)*
     BIO 495 Independent Research Study in Biology I (Health-based)*
     BIO 497 Independent Research Study in Biology II (Health-based)*
     MED 231 Medical Terminology
     MED 275 Health and Wellness
     MED 327 Medical Genetics
     MED 361 Pathophysiology
*Note: cannot take both BIO 493 and BIO 495/497 for credit

3 senior level Science credits in BCH, BIO, BOT, ECOL, KIN*, MED, ZOO
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Science credits; check the course descriptions.

 

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of The Ambrose Experience (UNI 101) (non-credit, compulsory during first 30 credits)
  • Completion of Core Requirements
  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 72 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in science discipline courses combined