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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

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 analysis, 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.

Department:

Degree Requirements:

A.
General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs
  Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  ENVS 332View Syllabus (PHIL 332) Environmental Ethics or
  PHIL 460View Syllabus Biomedical Ethics or
  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics
 
B.
Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs
 
C.
Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
 
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 (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 (CHEM 395) (ENVS 395) Research Design in the Sciences 3 hrs
  BIOL 490View Syllabus (ENVS 490) Senior Seminar 1 hr
  CHEM 109View Syllabus Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences and 3 hrs
  CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience or 2 hrs
  CHEM 110View Syllabus Chemistry 1 and 3 hrs
  CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 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 (BIOL 399/499).
 
F.
Electives 12-20 sem. hrs
  120 sem. hrs
 
G.
Culminating Experience: All students must complete BIOL 490 Senior Seminar with a grade of C or higher.
 

Locations

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus, Day Program
Main Campus, Evening Program