Bachelor of Arts 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.
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 332||Environmental Ethics or||3 hrs|
|PHIL 332||Environmental Ethics or||3 hrs|
|PHIL 460||Biomedical Ethics or||3 hrs|
|PHIL 330||Ethics||3 hrs|
Foreign Language Requirement
6 sem. hrs
|For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here.|
3 sem. hrs
|All courses that meet this requirement can be found here|
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 110||Principles of Biology I||3 hrs|
|BIOL 110L||Principles of Biology I Laboratory||2 hrs|
|BIOL 112||Principles of Biology II||3 hrs|
|BIOL 112L||Principles of Biology II Laboratory||2 hrs|
|BIOL 290||Principles of Cell Biology||3 hrs|
|BIOL 290L||Principles of Cell Biology Laboratory||2 hrs|
|BIOL 324||Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or||3 hrs|
|PSYC 324||Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or||3 hrs|
|SOCI 324||Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences||3 hrs|
|BIOL 342||Genetics||3 hrs|
|BIOL 342L||Genetics Laboratory||2 hrs|
|BIOL 395||Research Design in the Sciences||3 hrs|
|BIOL 490||Senior Seminar||1 hr|
|CHEM 109||Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences and||3 hrs|
|CHEM 111L||Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience||2 hrs|
|CHEM 110||Chemistry 1 and||3 hrs|
|CHEM 111L||Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience and||2 hrs|
|CHEM 112||Chemistry II and||3 hrs|
|CHEM 112L||Chemistry II Laboratory||2 hrs|
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.|
12-20 sem. hrs
Total Semester Hours
|Culminating Experience: All students must complete BIOL 490 - Senior Seminar 1 hour with a grade of C or higher.|