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Biology

Biology

A biology degree prepares students for the study of living organisms.

What can I do with a biology degree?

The B.A. is a solid science degree with a non-science minor and more general education classes than are required by the B.S. degree. The B.A. can also include secondary-school teacher certification.

 

Should I pursue a B.S. in biology?

With a B.S. in biology, you can pursue graduate study leading to research in the basic sciences; careers in natural biology such as marine biology, genetic counseling, physiology, biotechnology, ecotoxicology, and research; or employment in industry or government.

The biomedical emphasis is strong preparation for medical, dental, and other medically based graduate programs such as optometry, pharmacy, health education, and public health.

 

 

Biology Degrees

B.A. Biology

Chemistry minor recommended

Hours
26
Core

BIOL 151-152—General Biology I & II

8

BIOL 282—Intro to Biological Research

3

BIOL 311—Genetics

4

BIOL 317/321—Ecology or Field Ecology

3

BIOL 412—Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIOL 424—Issues in Natural Science & Religion (W)

3

BIOL 490--Senior Capstone

1

Note: See degree audit or Gen Ed section of online catalog for Christian service requirements (Level One, Two or Three).

 
9
Biology Electives

Choose three courses—one from three of the four areas.

All are three-hour courses except BIOL 330, which is four hours.

 

Basic Zoology

BIOL 313—Developmental Biology
BIOL 387—Animal Behavior
BIOL 416—Human Anatomy
BIOL 417—Animal Histology
BIOL 418—Animal Physiology

 

Botany and Ecology

BIOL 252—Tropical Biology

BIOL 375—Plants in Medicine
BIOL 409—Smoky Mountain Flora

 

Clinical Sciences

BIOL 315—Parasitology (W)
BIOL 330—General Microbiology
BIOL 340—Immunology
 

Zoology Field

BIOL 312—Vertebrate Natural History
BIOL 314—Ornithology
BIOL 320—Entomology
BIOL 411—Mammalogy
 
**See course schedule for topics courses which may be applied to any elective area.  
19
Cognates

CHEM 151-152—General Chemistry I & II

8

CHEM 311-312—Organic Chemistry I & II

8

MATH 120—Precalculus Algebra
Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent

3

10
Highly Recommended

MATH 121—Precalculus Trigonometry
Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent

2

PHYS 211-214—General Physics I & II and Lab 

8

 

B.S. Biology, Research Emphasis

Hours
30
Core

BIOL 151-152—General Biology I & II

8

BIOL 282—Intro to Biological Research

3

BIOL 297--Research in Biology 2
BIOL 305--Proposal Writing (W) 1

BIOL 311—Genetics

4

BIOL 317/321—Ecology or Field Ecology

3

BIOL 412—Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIOL 424—Issues in Natural Science & Religion (W)

3

BIOL 496--Senior Thesis (W) 1
BIOL 490--Senior Capstone 1

Note: See degree audit or Gen Ed section of online catalog for Christian service requirements (Level One, Two or Three).

 
15
Biology Electives

Choose one course from each of four areas.  Two courses minimum from Basic Zoology and Clinical Sciences; then select two courses from either Botany/Ecology or Zoology Field courses and one course from any of the four areas.

All are three-hour courses except BIOL 330, which is four hours.

 

Basic Zoology

BIOL 313—Developmental Biology
BIOL 387—Animal Behavior
BIOL 416—Human Anatomy
BIOL 417—Animal Histology
BIOL 418—Animal Physiology

 

Botany and Ecology

BIOL 252—Tropical Biology

BIOL 375—Plants in Medicine
BIOL 409—Smoky Mountain Flora

 

Clinical Sciences

BIOL 315—Parasitology (W)
BIOL 330—General Microbiology
BIOL 340—Immunology
 

Zoology Field

BIOL 312—Vertebrate Natural History
BIOL 314—Ornithology
BIOL 320—Entomology
BIOL 411—Mammalogy
 
**See course schedule for topics courses which may be applied to any elective area.  
29
Cognates

CHEM 151-152—General Chemistry I & II

8

CHEM 311-312—Organic Chemistry I & II

8

MATH 120—Precalculus Algebra
Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent

3

MATH 121—Precalculus Trigonometry
Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent

2

PHYS 211-214—General Physics I & II and Lab

8

 
 

 

B.S. Biology, Biomedical Emphasis

 
20
Core

BIOL 151-152—General Biology I & II

8

BIOL 311—Genetics

4

BIOL 412—Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIOL 424—Issues in Natural Science & Religion (W)

3

BIOL 490--Senior Capstone 1

Note: See degree audit or Gen Ed section of online catalog for Christian service requirements (Level One, Two or Three).

 
18
Biology Electives

All are three-hour courses except BIOL 330, which is four hours.

 

Basic Zoology 

BIOL 313—Developmental Biology
BIOL 387—Animal Behavior
BIOL 416—Human Anatomy
BIOL 417—Animal Histology
BIOL 418—Animal Physiology

 

Botany and Ecology
BIOL 252—Tropical Biology

BIOL 375—Plants in Medicine
BIOL 409—Smoky Mountain Flora

 

Clinical Sciences (choose six hours min.)

BIOL 315—Parasitology (W)
BIOL 330—General Microbiology
BIOL 340—Immunology

 

Zoology Field (choose two courses min.)

BIOL 312—Vertebrate Natural History
BIOL 314—Ornithology
BIOL 320—Entomology
BIOL 411—Mammalogy

 

Choose two courses minimum from Basic Zoology & Clinical Sciences.  Then select one course from either Botany/Ecology or Zoology Field and one course from any of the four elective areas.

 
**See course schedule for topics courses which may be applied to any elective area.  
36-37
Cognates

CHEM 151-152—General Chemistry I & II

8

CHEM 311-312—Organic Chemistry I & II

8

CHEM 351—Biochemistry I

4

MATH 120—Precalculus Algebra
Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent

3

MATH 121—Precalculus Trigonometry
Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent

2

MATH 215—Statistics
  or  MATH 181—Calculus I

3

PHYS 211-214—General Physics I & II and Lab 

8
13-14
Highly Recommended

BIOL 476—Research in Biology I (W)

1-2

ACCT 103--College Accounting

 3

MGNT 334--Princ of Mngmnt

 3

PSYC 122-General Psychology 3
SOCI-125-Intro to Sociology 3

B.A. Biology, Teacher Certification 7-12

Hours
34
Biology Courses

BIOL 151-152—General Biology I & II

8

BIOL 282—Intro to Biological Research

3

BIOL 311—Genetics

4

BIOL 317/321—Ecology or Field Ecology

3

BIOL 412—Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIOL 424—Issues in Natural Science & Religion (W)

3

BIOL---Biology Electives

See BA course schedule for 9 hours of Biology electives (choose one course from 3 of the 4 elective areas).

9

Note: See degree audit or Gen Ed section of online catalog for Christian service requirements (Level One, Two or Three).

 
14-17
Cognates

CHEM 151-152—General Chemistry

 I & II                                 8

PHYS 127-128—Exploring Physics I & II

3

MATH 120---Precalculus Algebra

Waived with a minimum B grade in high school math equivalent.

0-3

Admission to Teacher Education

Students must apply for initial admission to the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in upper-division education courses. Download application PDF

 
 

 

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