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.

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 faculty member.

B.A. 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 credits)
    BIOL 127L - General Biology Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 128C - SQ General Zoology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 213 - Plant Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 214 - Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 311 - Cell Biology (3 credits)
    BIOL 311L - Techniques In Cell Biology (2 credits)
  • BIOL 349 - Junior Seminar (1 credit)

Chemistry Requirements - 18 credits

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

Biology Electives - 9–12 credits

Three 3- or 4-credit biology courses at the 300-level or higher, excluding BIOL 490, 496, 498, 499 and SSCH 498.

Mathematics Requirements - 3–4 credits

One course chosen from: Calculus I (MATH 120C), Calculus II (MATH 122C), Mathematical Modeling (MATH 170), Statistics (MATH 260 or ECON 221 or PSYC 201), or a programming course (CSCI 152, CSCI 161).

Additional Requirements

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.

Total: 52–56 credits

B.S. 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 credits)
    BIOL 127L - General Biology Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 128C - SQ General Zoology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 213 - Plant Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 214 - Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 311 - Cell Biology (3 credits)
    BIOL 311L - Techniques In Cell Biology (2 credits)
  • BIOL 349 - Junior Seminar (1 credit)

Chemistry Requirements - 18 credits

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

Physics Requirements - 8 credits

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

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: BIOL 498, if taken for 3 credits, or SSCH 498, if taken for 3 credits and supervised by a biology faculty member, may be used as one of the five 3-credit biology electives.

Mathematics Requirements - 6-8 credits

  • Choose ONE:
    • Math 120C - P4 Calculus I –OR–
    • MATH 170 - P4 Mathematical Modeling
  • AND the other course listed above or one of: Statistics (MATH 260 or ECON 221 or PSYC 201), Calculus II (MATH 122C), or a programming course (CSCI 152, 161)

Total: 69–76 credits

Inclusive Education Dual Major

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.

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). See Inclusive Adolescence Education in the Undergraduate Catalog for details.

Biology Minor

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 credits)
  • BIOL 127L - General Biology Lab (1 credits)
  • BIOL 128C - SQ General Zoology (4 credits)
  • A minimum of nine additional biology credits, with at least three credits at the 200 level or above. (9 credits)

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.