A Science and Mathematics Option
Note: Beginning in fall 2008, biology majors requiring remediation in algebra must complete MAT 016, Intermediate Algebra, prior to taking courses in Biology and Chemistry.
Biology is one of the most rapidly developing sciences today. A tremendous rate of expansion in the understanding of life processes along with unprecedented growth in the medical and environmental technologies has resulted in a growing need for trained professionals in new, as well as traditional, fields.
This curriculum, with each of its four tracks, reflects this expanding science and its related technologies. It is a liberal arts program with emphasis on the sciences and mathematics. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional schools will take courses that either parallel those required in the first two years of most baccalaureate programs in biology or those required for entry into the most popular professional programs.
Because of the complexity of career options and the diversity in requirements of baccalaureate and professional schools, students are strongly advised to work closely with their academic advisors. Students who are preparing for medical, dental or veterinary medical schools should see an academic advisor in the Department of Biology immediately to plan their courses and sequencing of courses. The appropriate major is either Biology (2160), pre-professional track, or Chemistry (2152). Students who have a previous non-science degree should be able to complete either of these degrees by transferring general education courses and taking only the sciences required for the medical schools.
College programs may differ widely in course offerings for various biology majors. In order to achieve maximum transfer of credits, it is absolutely essential that students speak to their academic advisors and consult the transfer institution regarding specific curriculum requirements.
If you are considering a career in teaching, please read the section on “Teacher Education Specializations
Students should check with the Transfer Office about articulation agreements with this program.