The Biology Program is designed to prepare students for careers in biology- related fields while simultaneously developing within the student an appreciation for the complexity, grandeur, and inherent value of biological systems. All of the concentrations seek to build students' understanding of and ability to utilize five core concepts: evolution; structure and function; information flow, exchange, and storage; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and systems biology. In addition, students develop the following core competencies: ability to apply the process of science; ability to find, read, analyze, and interpret scientific literature; ability to use quantitative reasoning; ability to tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science; ability to communicate with other biologists and disciplines; and ability to understand the relationship between science and society.
Students gain a comprehensive and thorough overview of all areas of biology in the Biological Sciences I and II survey courses. The student may then specialize by taking those upper-level biology courses that most interest the student and taht will provide the best preparation for a future career and life. Students finish their study of biology with a capstone research experience. The major is intended for students who wish to pursue careers such as academics, research, laboratory or field technician, medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental management.
The curriculum offers multiple options for students; a Bachelor of Science major in Biology with available concentrations in Life Science, Health Science, or Environmental Science, or a minor in Biology. A concentration in Biotechnology is available in cooperation with several regional institutions and a transfer program in Nursing in available in cooperation with Mount Caramel College in Nursing. Only one concentration may be chosen by those selecting a major in Biology.
Biology Major with Biotechnology Concentration
Biology Major with Environmental Science Concentration
Biology Major with Health Science Concentration
Biology Major with Life Science Concentration
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Partnership Program
An overview of the biological diversity of animals and protozoa. Learn general principles of evolution, ecology, classification, systematics, and animal body plans. Understand the biology of all groups of animals, including the basic characteristics of each group and the evolutionary relationships among group members. Examine the current global status of animal diversity.
Study of the comparative anatomy of vertebrates and their invertebrate chordate relatives. Evolutionary trends in development, structure and function are studied to understand the various adaptations vertebrates have made to fit their environment.
A comparative study of physiologic systems in all animals, emphasizing vertebrate species.
A survey of the microbial world including microbial growth, metabolism, molecular biology, and genetics; medical, food and water microbiology; and microbial taxonomy. Also includes the vertebrate immune system and other defense mechanisms. Inquiry based laboratory activities enhance students’ ability to ask and answer scientific questions.
A study of formal and molecular genetics. Topics include Mendelian genetics, epistatic systems, viral and bacterial genetics, DNA structure, gene mapping, transcription, translation, gene structure and regulation and eukaryotic genome structure.
A survey of the anatomy, life cycles, modes of infection and effects on hosts of selected animal and protistan parasites. Emphasis is placed on parasites of medical and veterinary importance. Laboratory activities include methods for diagnosis of parasitic infections and projects to reinforce elements of proper experimental design.
The advanced study of some of the areas of biology not offered as regular courses in the biology curriculum. May be repeated when topics vary. May be designated as global when topic is appropriate. May include a laboratory.
An examination of ethical systems and forms of argumentation as they bear upon case studies in bioethics and medicine. Dominant ethical theories will be studied and critiqued. Reasoning at the levels of principles, rules, and particular judgments will be distinguished. Case studies in clinical, legal, and policy issues will be explored.
The molecular properties and biological significance of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, and polysaccharides are studied. A detailed study of enzyme activity, metabolic pathways and bioenergetics is considered. Study of eukaryotic cell structure and function is undertaken along with an in-depth study of translation.
Basic concepts of the central dogma will be studied. Gene expression in eukaryotes, regulation at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels will also be emphasized. The laboratory will focus on basic molecular techniques such as nucleic acid isolation, gel electrophoresis, cloning techniques, Southern and Western techniques, and PCR techniques.
Students find, read, interpret, and analyze primary scientific literature in the context of a research project. Students will design and conduct one or more small scale experiments related to the research question and present the results and conclusions in oral and written professional presentation formats.