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Bachelor of Science in Biology

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 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 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.


    Physical & Biological Sciences Department

    Degree requirements

    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

    Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

    • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

    Core Requirements 47 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 254 Genetics 3 hrs
    • BIOL 254L Genetics Laboratory 2 hrs
    • BIOL 345 Principles of Cell Biology 3 hrs
    • BIOL 345L 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 395 Research Design for the Sciences 3 hrs
    • BIOL 420 Biochemistry I 3 hrs
    • BIOL 420L Biochemistry Laboratory 2 hrs
    • BIOL 490 Senior Seminar 1 hrs
    • CHEM 110 Chemistry I 3 hrs
    • CHEM 111L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
    • CHEM 112 Chemistry II 3 hrs
    • CHEM 112L Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
    • CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs
    • CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs

    Biology Electives 19 sem. hrs

    • Nineteen 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.

    Electives 10-13 sem. hrs

    Total Semester Hours 120 hrs

    • Culminating Experience: All students must complete BIOL 490 - Senior Seminar 1 hour with passing (S) grade.


    The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is available is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.


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