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Bachelor of Science in Biology

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The opportunities for students trained in biology have grown dramatically with increasing demand for those who are educated in life sciences. Through training in biology students learn to apply scientific methods, test hypotheses and develop laboratory skills. Critical thinking to evaluate scientific results through statistical analyses, 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 those who are 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 these to biological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills; including familiarity with instrumentation and analytic methods commonly used in biological research.
  • Evaluate scientific results through 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‚Äč. 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.

    Multicultural Requirement

    3 sem. hrs

      All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

    C.

    Core Requirements

    45 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 for the Sciences 3 hrs
      BIOL 420View Syllabus Biochemistry I 3 hrs
      BIOL 420LView Syllabus Biochemistry Laboratory 2 hrs
      BIOL 490View Syllabus Senior Seminar 1 hr
      CHEM 110View Syllabus Chemistry I 3 hrs
      CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
      CHEM 112View Syllabus Chemistry II 3 hrs
      CHEM 112LView Syllabus Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
      CHEM 310View Syllabus Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs

    D.

    Biology Electives

    21 sem. hrs

      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. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

    E.

    Electives

    10-13 sem. hrs

    F.

    Total Semester Hours

    120 hrs

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

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