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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Traditional Track (B.A.)


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Beth Cantwell, Assistant Professor of Biology
Health and Life Sciences Building, Room 345, (540) 665-4802, [email protected]

The Biology major offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to develop both fundamental and in-depth knowledge within the disciplines of the biological sciences. Students will participate in comprehensive, hands-on, laboratory-based activities that will promote the development of technical skills used in biological science investigations.

The Biology major allows students to pursue specialized interests in secondary Biology education, microbiology and clinical laboratory sciences, cell and molecular biology, and the health-related professions including medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy and other fields at the graduate level.

There are two degrees offered by the Department of Biology: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a strong education in the biological sciences, requiring the same number of Biology courses, but fewer courses in Chemistry and none in Mathematics. This course of study is ideal for those who wish to pursue additional coursework in the social sciences or humanities, complete two minors, double major or complete their degree requirements in three years.

Courses Required for the B.A. in Biology


Total 34 credits


Biology Electives (Four Courses)


Take four courses from any non-core courses in the BIO offerings:

Two must be at or above the 200-level
Two must be at or above the 300-level

Maximum of 2 credits from the following courses:

Total 11-16 credits


Chemistry Elective (One Course with Lab)


Must be at or above the 200-level

Total: 4 Credits

Total: 4 Credits


Program Total: 49-54 credits


Collateral Recommendation:


Note:


*BIO 491  and BIO 492  may only be used to fulfill one Biology elective requirement.

*SU Pharmacy only requires one semester of Physics, but programs at other universities require two. Physical Therapy programs require two semesters of Physics.

Course Map


This course map provides a general blueprint for students who plan to complete their degree in four years. There are many opportunities to customize this course of study to your goals and interests.

1st Year


Total: 29-33 credits


2nd Year


Total: 29-35 credits


3rd Year


  • BIO 316 Genetics Credit(s): 3 (Fall, if not already taken)
  • BIO 321 Ecology Credit(s): 4 (Fall)
  • BIO 340 Evolution Credit(s): 3 (Fall)
  • Biology elective 300-level or higher Credit(s): 3-4
  • Chemistry elective 200-level or higher Credit(s): 3-4
  • Gen Ed, second major, minor and professional school prerequisite courses or general electives Credit(s): 12-15

Total: 28-33 credits


4th Year


  • BIO 321 Ecology Credit(s): 4 (Fall, if not already taken)
  • BIO 340 Evolution Credit(s): 3 (Fall, if not already taken)
  • BIO 409 Cell Biology Credit(s): 4 (Fall or Spring)
  • Biology elective 300-level or higher Credit(s): 3-4
  • Remaining Gen Ed, second major, minor and professional school prerequisite courses or general electives Credit(s): variable

Total: Variable


Requirement for Graduation: at least 120 credits


A 2.0 GPA in major and minor courses is required for graduation.
24 of a student’s last 30 credits must be earned at SU to earn a degree

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