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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

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Opportunities for students trained in biology have grown dramatically with increasing demand for those who educated in life sciences. Through training in biology students learn to apply scientific principles, test hypotheses and develop laboratory skills. Critical thinking to evaluate scientific results through statistical analysis, scientific writing and oral presentation are basic skills developed by students who major in biology.

The Department of Physical and Biological Sciences offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology. These degrees provide the background necessary for a variety of careers, as well as entry into graduate and professional schools. A biology or chemistry major is recommended for students seeking entry into medical, veterinary, dental, or nursing schools.

Students who have completed a degree in biology at Columbia College will:
  • Possess basic scientific vocabulary and knowledge.
  • Understand the scientific method and its application.
  • Understand biological principles, models and theories and apply to biological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills, including familiarity with instrumentation and analytic methods commonly used in biological research.
  • Evaluate scientific results through the use of statistical analyses and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate competence in scientific writing and oral presentation and familiarity with the use of scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding ethics in science and everyday life.

Degree Requirements

A.

General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  For a complete list of general education courses click here​. For additional information on general education requirements click here.

  Ethics Course Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  ENVS 332View Syllabus Environmental Ethics or 3 hrs
  PHIL 332View Syllabus Environmental Ethics or 3 hrs
  PHIL 460View Syllabus Biomedical Ethics or 3 hrs
  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs

B.

Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs

  For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here.

C.

Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

D.

Core Requirements

32-37 sem. hrs

  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
  BIOL 110View Syllabus Principles of Biology I 3 hrs
  BIOL 110LView Syllabus Principles of Biology I Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 112View Syllabus Principles of Biology II 3 hrs
  BIOL 112LView Syllabus Principles of Biology II Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 290View Syllabus Principles of Cell Biology 3 hrs
  BIOL 290LView Syllabus Principles of Cell Biology Laboratory

2 hrs
  BIOL 324View Syllabus Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  PSYC 324View Syllabus Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  SOCI 324View Syllabus Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences

3 hrs
 
  BIOL 342View Syllabus Genetics 3 hrs
  BIOL 342LView Syllabus Genetics Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 395View Syllabus Research Design in the Sciences 3 hrs
  BIOL 490View Syllabus Senior Seminar

1 hr
  CHEM 109View Syllabus Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences and 3 hrs
  CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
  or
  CHEM 110View Syllabus Chemistry 1 and 3 hrs
  CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience and 2 hrs
  CHEM 112View Syllabus Chemistry II and 3 hrs
  CHEM 112LView Syllabus Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs

E.

Biology Electives

21 sem. hrs

  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Twenty-one semester hours of courses with a BIOL prefix and above the 110-level. Nine of these hours must be in upper-level courses. A maximum of three of these hours may be obtained from internships.

F.

Electives

12-20 sem. hrs

G.

Total Semester Hours

120 hrs

  Culminating Experience: All students must complete BIOL 490 - Senior Seminar 1 hour with a grade of C or higher.

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