Academic Catalog 2008-2009 
    Aug 17, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major

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The biology major provides a foundation for professional or graduate study in science, education, medicine, and other health-related fields. In addition to natural science studies, the program includes the broad cultural background in the arts, humanities, and social sciences advised by the American Medical Association and offers the undergraduate preparation necessary for medical or dental school. A Christian perspective on bioethics, evolution, and ecology adds an important dimension to the program.

Graduates with a biology major will have a solid, broad-based background in the biological sciences and will apply scientific methods, use the instruments and techniques of biological research, comprehend essential facts and principles of biology, communicate clearly using scientific notation and terminology, articulate and defend a Christian perspective on ethical and controversial issues in science, and recognize the importance of these skills in Christian service.


The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology requires a minimum of 128 semester hours, including general education and biblical studies courses, electives, and the major courses.

General Education Requirements

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Behavioral and Social Sciences (9 credit hours)

(only 6 of the 9 credits may be from the same course prefix category)


Choose at least 3, but not more than 6 credits from among any 100 or 200 level HIS courses.

Social Science

Choose up to 6 credit hours of 100 or 200 level courses from the following categories:

ECO, GEO, GLS (except GLS 225 ), any GLS 300 Exploring World Cultures course, POL, PSY, SOC

Integrative Studies (6 credit hours)

* Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Natural Science (8 credit hours)

Waived for Biology Majors

Biology Major Courses

Each student with a Biology major will take:

Required Biology Core Courses (11 hrs.)
Required support Courses (10 hrs.)
Electives A - three courses (11-12 hrs.)
Electives B - two courses (6-7 hrs.)
Electives C - one course (2-3 hrs.)
Total (40-43 hrs.)

Students may take more than the required courses, but must complete the minimum number. In addition to the required biology (BIO) courses, the student majoring in biology will be required to complete two semesters of a support course, General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II.

Courses offered in each category are:

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