Bachelor of Science in Biology

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Midway University offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology (120 hours) as well as a minor in biology. The program provides preparation in the following areas: general biology; zoology; ecology and evolution; microbiology, genetics, and molecular biology; and pre-professional programs in medical, dental, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and veterinary sciences. Numerous other career opportunities are available to students of biology.

Our faculty advisors assist students in tailoring an academic program for a specific career objective or for postgraduate study. Scientific literacy is promoted through field and laboratory experiences, classroom activities, our Tri-Beta National Biology Honor Society, and presenting scholarly research at state and regional meetings. Our faculty engage with students in scholarly pursuits in their sub-disciplines. These activities provide students with the opportunity to become actively involved in current research. Students at Midway University complete capstone research projects suitable to their scientific interests.

Students in the program will gain field, analytical, and laboratory skills that prepare them for diverse entry-level positions in biology-related areas.

Student Learning Outcomes of Program

Upon completion of the curriculum, students will:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how cell organization and function are determined by genetics and biochemistry.
  • Explain how the diversity of life is generated and perpetuated through evolutionary processes.
  • Describe the molecular and structural unity among diverse organisms in the three domains of life.
  • Provide explanations and examples of how organisms across all phylogenetic taxa develop and function within specific niches in their environments.
  • Function as researchers in laboratory and/or field settings using appropriate basic equipment by conducting original research in a biological sub-discipline and communicating scientific data in both written theses and public presentations.
  • Practice professional ethics in the conduct of their own scientific research.
  • Evaluate the ethical basis for a variety of scientific endeavors by critically evaluating scientific information from a variety of sources.

Courses

Major Course Requirements (Courses in the major require a grade of C or better)

BIO-103 - General Biology I - 3 hours

BIO-104 - General Biology I Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-105 - General Biology II - 3 hours

BIO-106 - General Biology II Laboratory - 1 hours

Choose From the Following Courses

BIO-225 - Microbiology - 3 hours

BIO-241 - Cell Biology - 3 hours

Choose From the Following Courses

BIO-305 - Global Ecology - 3 hours

BIO-312 - General Ecology - 3 hours

Additional Major Course Requirements (Courses in the major require a grade of C or better)

BIO-325 - Genetics and Molecular Biology - 3 hours

BIO-401 - Ethical Issues in Science - 3 hours

BIO-405 - Introduction to Biological Research - 3 hours

BIO-MTH-487 - Senior Research Data Collection - 2 hours

BIO-488 - Senior Biology Research - 1 hours

Biology Supporting Courses

CHM-170 - General Chemistry I - 3 hours

CHM-171 - General Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hours

CHM-175 - General Chemistry II - 3 hours

CHM-176 - General Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hours

CHM-330 - Organic Chemistry I - 3 hours

CHM-331 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hours

CHM-335 - Organic Chemistry II - 3 hours

CHM-336 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hours

MTH-143 - Trigonometry - 1 hours

MTH-245 - Probability and Statistics - 3 hours

PSC-240 - Physics I - 3 hours

PSC-241 - Physics Laboratory I - 1 hours

PSC-245 - Physics II - 3 hours

PSC-246 - Physics Laboratory II - 1 hours

Choose 15 additional hours in Major Electives (Courses in the major elective require a C or better) (Students must complete at least two 300- or 400-level laboratories as part of these 15 hours.)

BIO-190 - Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 hours

BIO-191 - Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-198 - Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 hours

BIO-199 - Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-204 - Medical Vocabulary - 2 hours

BIO-225 - Microbiology - 3 hours

BIO-226 - Microbiology Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-230 - Principles of Botany - 3 hours

BIO-231 - Principles of Botany Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-241 - Cell Biology - 3 hours

BIO-304 - General Zoology - 3 hours

BIO-306 - General Zoology Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-305 - Global Ecology - 3 hours

BIO-310 - Topics in Biology - 3 hours

BIO-312 - General Ecology - 3 hours

BIO-313 - General Ecology Lab - 1 hours

BIO-314 - Vertebrate Zoology - 3 hours

BIO-315 - Vertebrate Zoology Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-318 - Vertebrate Embryology - 3 hours

BIO-319 - Vertebrate Embryology Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-320 - Histology - 2 hours

BIO-321 - Histology Laboratory - 2 hours

BIO-326 - Immunology - 3 hours

BIO-327 - Immunology Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-325 - Genetics and Molecular Biology - 3 hours

BIO-328 - Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-420 - Biochemistry - 3 hours

BIO-421 - Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hours

BIO-485 - Internship - 3 hours

General Education Hours - 40

Elective Hours - 8

Total Hours to Complete - 120

Last updated: 10/27/2020