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Biology Program Requirements

Biology is a broad field of study. The range of biology courses offered permits students to tailor their academic program to meet their individual needs and interests.

Students should be aware that graduate and professional programs may have specific requirements for admission. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors, the chair of the department, or with the health professions advisor for guidance.

One-half of all biology credits taken to meet degree requirements must be completed at Fisher.

B.A. in Biology

For students majoring in biology, all courses designated as biology courses (BIOL) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

Biology Core - 22 credits

  • BIOL 120C - P4 General Biology (3)
    BIOL 127L - General Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 128C - SQ General Zoology (3)
    BIOL 128L - General Zoology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 213 - Plant Biology (3)
    BIOL 213L - Plant Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 214 - Microbiology (3)
    BIOL 214L - Microbiology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 311 - Cell Biology (3)
    BIOL 311L - Techniques In Cell Biology (2)
  • BIOL 349 - Career Seminar (1)

Chemistry Requirements - 13 credits

  • CHEM 103C - P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L - General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C - General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L - General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 - SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)

Biology Electives - 9 credits

At least nine additional biology credits (excluding BIOL 490, 496, 498, 499, and SSCH 498) six of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Mathematics Requirements - 3–4 credits

One course chosen from: Calculus I (MATH 120C), Calculus II (MATH 122C), Mathematical Modeling and Quantitative Analysis (MATH 130C), Mathematical Modeling (MATH 170), Statistics (ECON 221 or STAT 160), or a programming course (CSCI 150 or CSCI 161).

Total: 47-48 credits

In addition, as per the College Core requirements, B.A. students in biology must take two foreign language courses in sequence in the same language


B.S. in Biology

For students majoring in biology, all courses designated as biology courses (BIOL) that may be applied to the major are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.

Note: SSCH 498 may be used in the calculation of the B.S. biology major's GPA if the course is worth three credits and is supervised by a biology research mentor.

Requirements

Biology Core - 22 credits

  • BIOL 120C - P4 General Biology (3)
    BIOL 127L - General Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 128C - SQ General Zoology (3)
    BIOL 128L - General Zoology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 213 - Plant Biology (3)
    BIOL 213L - Plant Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 214 - Microbiology (3)
    BIOL 214L - Microbiology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 311 - Cell Biology (3)
    BIOL 311L - Techniques In Cell Biology (2)
  • BIOL 349 - Career Seminar (1)

Chemistry Requirements - 18 credits

  • CHEM 103C - P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L - General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C - General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L - General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 - SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L - Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)

Physics Requirements - 8 credits

  • PHYS 121C - P4 Introductory Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 122C - P4 Introductory Physics II (4)

Biology Electives - 15-20 credits

Five 3- or 4-credit biology courses at the 300-level or higher, excluding BIOL 490, 496 and 499.

Note: Either BIOL 498 or SSCH 498 (but not both), if taken for at least three credits in the same semester supervised by a biology research mentor, may be used as one of the five biology electives. Students can earn up to five total credits from either SSCH 498 or BIOL 498 or a combination of the two.

Mathematics Requirements - 6-8 credits

  • Choose ONE:
    • Math 120C - P4 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 170 - P4 Mathematical Modeling (3)
  • AND the other course listed above or one of: Statistics (ECON 221 or STAT 160), Calculus II (MATH 122C), or a programming course (CSCI 150 or 161)

Total: 69–76 credits


Inclusive Adolescence Education Dual Major

Students Seeking Adolescence Teaching Certification in Biology

A dual major in inclusive adolescence education and biology (B.A. program requirements) will earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Students seeking adolescence teaching certification in biology should consult with an education advisor as early as possible to set up a program leading to certification.

The Career Seminar course - BIOL 349 - is waived for students pursuing the double major in education. In addition to the content area requirements in biology, students pursuing adolescence teaching certification must also complete:

  • Inclusive adolescence education major (46 credits)

The major includes education courses, field experiences, student teaching, and courses for certification in students with disabilities (7–12), and middle school extension in the content area (5–6).


Minor in Biology

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • BIOL 120C - P4 General Biology (3)
  • BIOL 127L - General Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 128C - SQ General Zoology (3)
  • BIOL 128L - General Zoology Lab (1)
  • A minimum of nine additional biology credits, with at least three credits at the 200 level or above. (9)

Total: 17 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.