Bachelor of Science, Biology

Administrator: Chair, Department of Biology

Requirements: 60-67 credits, including 37 in biology
The following are the "Core Requirements" for the Bachelor of Science taken in conjunction with one of the Biology degree concentrations:

Core requirements: 44-45 credits, 33 in Biology
BIOL2220. General Biology I (3); and,
BIOL2220L. General Biology I Laboratory (1)
BIOL2230. General Biology II (3); and,
BIOL2230L. General Biology II Laboratory (1)
BIOL2240. Plant and Animal Ecology (3)
BIOL2970. Introduction to Research (1)
BIOL3720. Genetics (3); and,
BIOL3720L. Genetics Laboratory (1)
BIOL3740. Origins (3)
BIOL3960. Internship in Biology (1-4); or
     BIOL3970. Research (1-3)
*BIOL4980. Senior Seminar/Capstone (1)
CHEM2210. General Chemistry I (3); and,
CHEM2210L. General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM2220. General Chemistry II (3); and,
CHEM2220L. General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
CHEM3210. Organic Chemistry I (3); and,
CHEM3210L. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
Complete one of the following physics sequences:
PHYS1110. College Physics I (3); and,
PHYS1110L. College Physics I Laboratory (1)
PHYS1120. College Physics II (3); and,
PHYS1120L. College Physics II Laboratory (1)
PHYS2110. Physics for Science and Engineering I (3); and,
PHYS2110L. Physics for Science and Engineering I Laboratory (1)
PHYS2120. Physics for Science and Engineering II (3); and,
PHYS2120L. Physics for Science and Engineering II Laboratory (1)
Quantitative Processes (choose 1):
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics (3)
MATH2510. Calculus I (4)
*BIOL4980 must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University.

Concentration: Select a concentration from General Biology, Wildlife/Ecology, or Pre-Medical.


Objective: To prepare students for entry level jobs in biology or to prepare students for graduate school.

Biology Concentration Requirements. In addition to the core, the following requirements apply: Sixteen (16) credits selected from biology numbered 2000 and above.


Objective: To prepare students for entry level jobs in ecology, wildlife, field or conservation biology, or to prepare students with similar vocational goals for graduate school.

Wildlife/Ecology Requirements: In addition to the core, the following requirements apply. A minimum of 16 credits including 12 credits from below ** and 4 additional BIOL credits numbered 2000 and above.

Animal Biology (choose 1):
BIOL3300. Vertebrate Zoology: Herpetology (3); and,
BIOL3300L. Vertebrate Zoology: Herpetology Laboratory (1) or,
BIOL3320. Vertebrate Zoology: Ornithology (3); and,
BIOL3320L. Vertebrate Zoology: Ornithology Laboratory (1) or,
     BIOL3330. Vertebrate Zoology: Mammalogy (3); and,
     BIOL3330L. Vertebrate Zoology: Mammalogy Laboratory (1)
Plant Biology 
BIOL3160. Plant Taxonomy (3); and,
BIOL3160L. Plant Taxonomy Laboratory (1)
Ecology: Systems and Techniques (choose 1):
BIOL3250. Tropical Ecology (3); and,
BIOL3250L. Tropical Ecology Laboratory (1) or,
BIOL4240. Field Ecology (3); and,
BIOL4240L. Field Ecology Laboratory (1)
Students planning on attending graduate school are responsible for ensuring that graduate school entrance requirements have been met. It is recommended that students carefully review the admission requirements of the program which they intend to seek admission before selecting these courses. Additional recommended classes include: General Microbiology, Environmental Science, and additional math (see above).

** Au Sable or other off-campus courses may be substituted with department approval.

Pre-Medical Concentration

Objective: A course of study that is suitable for application to Medical, Dental, Optometry, Physician Assistant, Veterinary, and Graduate School in biology.

In planning a college program, students should follow the requirements and recommendations of particular professional schools to which applications for admission are planned. Admission requirements vary from school to school. All demand a high grade point average and other evidences of superior scholarship.

Pre-Medical Concentration Requirements: In addition to the core, the following apply:
BIOL4410. Biochemistry I (3); and,
BIOL4410L. Biochemistry I Laboratory (1)
BIOL4420. Biochemistry II (3)
CHEM3220. Organic Chemistry II (3); and,
CHEM3220L. Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics (3)

Select electives from the categories below to equal a minimum of 9 credits.

Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL2010. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3); and,
BIOL2010L. Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1);
BIOL2030. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3); and,
BIOL2030L. Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1)
BIOL3360. Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy (3); and,
BIOL3360L. Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy Laboratory (1)
BIOL3510. Studies in Histology (1)
BIOL3620. Vertebrate Physiology (3); and,
BIOL3620L. Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory (1)
BIOL3820. Pathophysiology (3)
BIOL3920. Cadaver Dissection I (1)
BIOL3930. Cadaver Dissection II (1)
BIOL3420. General Microbiology (3); and,
BIOL3420L. General Microbiology Laboratory (1)
BIOL3460. Cell Biology (3); and,
BIOL3460L. Cell Biology Laboratory (1)
BIOL3540. Immunology (3)
BIOL3560. Endocrinology (3)
Additional recommended courses include further biology and chemistry, and/or any of the following:
BIOL3500. Bioethics (2)
BIOL3850. Biological Foundations of Behavior (3); and,
BIOL3850L. Biological Foundations of Behavior Laboratory (1)
MATH2510. Calculus I (4)
PHIL3520. Philosophy of Science (3)
PSYC3455. Abnormal Psychology (3)