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Faculty assists students pursuing a Biology degree at Curry College in the labLet your curiosity take over as you experience life through a scientific lens. Earn your Biology degree at Curry College to launch a career in scientific research, prepare for graduate or medical school, or pursue one of dozens of career paths exploring our natural world.

Earn a B.A. in Biology degree and focus on a career in:

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Aquatic Biology

Or earn your B.S. in Biology degree and prepare for a career in:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Laboratory Science
  • Biomedical Research

Course Requirements and Information

Prerequisites:

BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms (includes lab) 4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells (includes lab) 4
8


Core Requirements for Biology BA Major:

BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3120 Evolution and Genomics 3
BIOL 3900 Senior Seminar (1 credit) 1


Students must complete a minimum of 16 additional BIOL credits at the 2000/3000 level according to the following criteria. A minimum of 3 credits must be taken at the 3000-level in addition to BIOL 3120.

Choose at least one from:

BIOL 2015 Microbiology for Science Majors (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 3030 Cell Biology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3300 Biotechnology (includes Laboratory) 4
CHEM 3570/3670 Biochemistry I (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3050 Cancer Biology 3


Choose at least one from:

BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 2215 Environmental Science (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2310 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3210 Advanced Environmental Science 3


Choose at least one from:

BIOL 2030 Human Disease 3
BIOL 2060 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
BIOL 2520 Nutrition 3
BIOL 3050 Immunology 3
BIOL 3075 Advanced Physiology (includes Laboratory) 4
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Other Electives:

BIOL 2900 Independent Research in Biology 1-2


Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II, with Laboratory 4
CHEM/PHYS Electives (2000 or 3000 level), with Laboratory 8
MATH 1150 Statistics I
MATH 1190 College Algebra
OR
MATH 2130 Calculus I 6
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Prerequisites:

BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms (includes lab) 4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells (includes lab) 4
8


Core Requirements for Biology Major:

BIOL 2015 Microbiology for Science Majors (includes lab) 4
BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes lab 4
BIOL 3030 Cell Biology (includes lab) 4
BIOL 3075 Advanced Physiology (includes lab) 4
BIOL 3120 Evolution and Genomics 3
BIOL 4000 Research Proposal 1
BIOL 4010 Independent Research in Biology 3-6
BIOL 3900 Biology Seminar (1 credit over 3 semesters) 3

BIOL Electives (Choose 6-8 credits from the following list):

BIOL 2030 Human Disease 3
BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior 3
BIOL 2060 Exercise Physiology 3
BIOL 2215 Environmental Science (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 2310 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 2450 Human Sexuality 3
BIOL 2900 Independent Research in Biology 1-2
BIOL 3210 Advanced Environmental Science 3
BIOL 3300 Biotechnology (includes Laboratory) 4
CHEM 3570/3670 Biochemistry I (includes Laboratory) 4
BIOL 3050 Immunology 3
BIOL 3060 Cancer Biology 3
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Requirements in Related Areas:

CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2510, 2610 Organic Chemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2520, 2620 Organic Chemistry II, with Laboratory 4
PHYS 2010 Introduction to Mechanics, with Laboratory 4
PHYS 2020 Electricity and Geometric Optics, with Laboratory 4
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
MATH 2140 Calculus II 3
Total Credits: 33

As a Biology BS major, students will fulfill all the coursework requirements for application to medical, dental, and veterinary schools. Interested students should consult with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor. The general requirements, as determined by the Association of American Medical Colleges, are: one year of biology, two years of chemistry through organic chemistry, one year of physics, one year of English, and one year of math (usually through Calculus). Individual schools vary. Students will also be expected to have taken the MCAT exam. Requirements for PA (physician's assistant) programs are similar but somewhat different, and for NP (nurse practitioner) programs the requirements are quite different; students interested in these post-baccalaureate tracks should also consult with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor.

Students can earn a minor in biology by taking any 15 credits in graded Biology (BIOL) courses, at least six of which must be taken at Curry College.

1.       Students will be able to explain the basic concepts of biology.

a.       Knowledge of cell structure and function understanding the metabolic processes of cells in terms of cellular organelles, membranes, and biological molecules
b.      Knowledge of the diversity and similarity of living organisms at organization levels ranging from molecules to the community
c.       Knowledge of the nature and function of genes and processes of inheritance and natural selection as they influence the characteristics of population and species
d.      Knowledge of ecology

2.       Students will learn a variety of skills necessary to function as a biologist in the workplace or as a candidate for an advanced degree.

a.       Ability to design experiments with appropriate controls and to conduct original research.
b.      Ability to use specific laboratory tools and techniques (e.g. effective use of microscopes and lab instruments, handling of microorganisms, making up solutions).
c.       Ability to apply mathematical or statistical approaches to understanding biological information.

3.       Students will develop scientific critical thinking skills

a.       Ability to assess the appropriateness of experimental designs and significance or relevance of data.
b.      Ability to think critically in reading and analyzing biological information in both mass media and research journal articles.

4.       Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate, verbally and in writing, knowledge of biology, biological methods, and biological issues in context

5.       Students will develop an awareness of the impact that biology has had on society at large as well as the interactions of biology with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology (with which interdisciplinary courses are offered), and art and history.

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