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Bachelor of Science in Biology

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The opportunities for students trained in biology have grown dramatically as there is an increasing demand for those who are educated in natural 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 are biology majors.

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

Students who have completed a degree in biology at Columbia College will:
  • Understand scientific vocabulary and knowledge.
  • Understand biological principles, models and theories used to predict, understand and apply to biological phenomena.
  • Understand the scientific method and its application.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills; including familiarity with the use of 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, oral presentation and familiarity with the use of scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding ethics in science and everyday life.

    Degree Requirements


    General Education Requirements

    38-41 sem. hrs

      Ethics Course Requirement

    3 hrs

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


    Multicultural Requirement

    3 sem. hrs


    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 (PSYC/SOCI 324) 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 (CHEM 420) Biochemistry I 3 hrs
      BIOL 420LView Syllabus (CHEM 420L) Biochemistry Laboratory 2 hrs
      BIOL 490View Syllabus (ENVS 490) 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


    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 (BIOL 399/499).



    10-13 sem. hrs


    120 sem. hrs


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

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