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    Dr. Michael Rhodes
    Associate Professor of Biology

     Having the opportunity to stay in contact with students, once they have moved on, has been a very rewarding experience to me as professor.

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  • Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing

    The Biology Program

    • To broadly and effectively educate students in the theory and practice of science, necessary for success in the health professions, graduate study, or employment in biologically-related fields.
    • To empower students with the skills and knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and physics necessary to form a broad scientific foundation.
    • To facilitate an integrated approach to biological questions that encompass perspectives of molecular, cellular, organismal, and population biology.
    • To engage students in the process of original science through a student-developed, faculty-mentored, experimentally-based undergraduate research project.
    • To foster critical consciousness of the ethical and moral issues inherent in the field of biology and its technologies.
    • To acquaint students with Catholic teachings on bioethical issues.

     

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology

    Major Requirements (61 credits):
    BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
    BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
    BL 151 General Biology Laboratory I - 1 credit
    BL 153 General Biology Laboratory II - 1 credit
    BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
    BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    BL 301 Junior Research Seminar - 2 credits
    BL 302 Research Project - 2 credits
    BL 303 Research Thesis - 1 credit
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 credit
    CH 104 General Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 credit
    CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 222 Organic Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits

    Fulfill the requirements for one area of concentration
    Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration
    BL 214 Molecular Genetics - 3 credits
    BL 215 Molecular Genetics Laboratory - 1 credit
    and
    BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits
    BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 216 Biotechnology - 3 credits
    BL 217 Biotechnology Laboratory - 1 credit
    One course with laboratory from each of the organismal and population biology concentrations

    Organismal Biology Concentration
    BL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 credits
    BL 225 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory - 1 credit
    and
    BL 220 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy - 3 credits
    BL 221 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 222 Developmental Biology - 3 credits
    BL 223 Developmental Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 228 Wildlife Biology - 3 credits
    BL 229 Wildlife Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    One course with laboratory from each the cell and molecular and population biology concentrations

    Population Biology Concentration
    BL 234 Evolution and Systematics - 3 credits
    BL 235 Evolution and Systematics Laboratory - 1 credit
    and
    BL 232 Ecology - 3 credits
    BL 233 Ecology Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 236 Biology of Environmental Disturbance - 3 credits
    BL 237 Biology of Environmental Disturbance Laboratory - 1 credit
    One course with laboratory from each the cellular and organismal concentrations
    Strongly Recommended
    BL 260 Biostatistics - 3 credits
    or
    PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
    and
    TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
    or
    PL 218 Bioethics - 3 credits

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

    Major Requirements (68 credits):
    BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
    BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
    BL 151 General Biology Laboratory I - 1 credit
    BL 153 General Biology Laboratory II - 1 credit
    BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
    BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    BL 301 Junior Research Seminar - 2 credits
    BL 302 Research Project - credits
    BL 303 Research Thesis - 1 credit
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 credit
    CH 104 General Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 credit
    CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 222 Organic Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits
    MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits
    BL Elective Course in Biology*
    *Any three credit, 200 level biology course, CH251, CH252, BIN218, or BIN219 qualifies as an elective course in biology
    Fulfill the requirements for one area of concentration

    Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration
    BL 214 Molecular Genetics - 3 credits
    BL 215 Molecular Genetics Laboratory - 1 credit
    and
    BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits
    BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 216 Biotechnology - 3 credits
    BL 217 Biotechnology Laboratory - 1 credit
    One course with laboratory from each of the organismal and population biology concentrations

    Organismal Biology Concentration
    BL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 credits
    BL 225 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory - 1 credit
    and
    BL 220 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy - 3 credits
    BL 221 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 222 Developmental Biology - 3 credits
    BL 223 Developmental Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 228 Wildlife Biology - 3 credits
    BL 229 Wildlife Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
    One course with laboratory from each the cell and molecular and population biology concentrations
    Population Biology Concentration
    BL 234 Evolution and Systematics - 3 credits
    BL 235 Evolution and Systematics Laboratory - 1 credit
    and
    BL 232 Ecology - 3 credits
    BL 233 Ecology Laboratory - 1 credit
    or
    BL 236 Biology of Environmental Disturbance - 3 credits
    BL 237 Biology of Environmental Disturbance Laboratory - 1 credit
    One course with laboratory from each the cellular and organismal concentrations

    Strongly Recommended
    BL 260 Biostatistics - 3 credits
    or
    PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
    and
    TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
    or
    PL 218 Bioethics - 3 credits

    All students take a four (4) credit course designated as a First-Year Seminar to satisfy a core curriculum requirement.
     

    Fall
    General Biology I - 3 credits
    General Biology Laboratory I - 1 credit
    General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    General Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 credit
    Language and Rhetoric or Exploring Religious Meaning - 3 credits
    Core curriculum course or Calculus I/II - 3-4 credits
    Core curriculum course - 3 credits

    Spring
    General Biology II - 3 credits
    General Biology Laboratory II - 1 credit
    General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    General Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 credit
    Language and Rhetoric or Exploring Religious Meaning - 3 credits
    Core curriculum course or Calculus I/II - 3-4 credits
    Core curriculum course - 3 credits

    All students take a four (4) credit course designated as a First-Year Seminar to satisfy a core curriculum requirement.