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Bachelor of Science in Biology

  • BS iconThe Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at St. Petersburg College prepares you to enter a range of biology careers, graduate programs or medical, dental or veterinary school. Through our program, you gain a foundation in molecular, cellular, organismal, evolutionary and ecological biology. We offer flexible choices of elective courses so you can shape your learning to fit your needs.

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    BIOLOGY-BS

    John Chapin, Dean, SE (727) 394-6995

    Important Notice to Current Baccalaureate Students: To view a list of the classes you need to take before you can graduate, login to MySPC and choose My Learning Plan. Contact your advisor with any questions.


    APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
    20112/0450 (BEGINNING 1/9/2012) OR LATER
    ~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~

    UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS
    Admission requires an A.A. degree and completion of the state-mandated prerequisites below.

    STATE-MANDATED PREREQUISITES - Grade of "C" or higher required
    The following courses are required and may be used as part of the General Education Requirements:
    BSC 2010BIOLOGY I - CELLULAR PROCESSES3
    BSC 2010LBIOLOGY I LABORATORY1
    BSC 2011BIOLOGY II - ORGANISMS AND ECOLOGY3
    BSC 2011LBIOLOGY II LABORATORY1
    CHM 2045GENERAL CHEMISTRY I3
    CHM 2045LGENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1
    CHM 2046GENERAL CHEMISTRY II3
    CHM 2046LGENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1
    CHM 2210ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3
    CHM 2210LORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1
    CHM 2211ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II3
    CHM 2211LORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1
    MAC 2311 - CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I OR (MAC 2233)5
    STA 2023 - ELEMENTARY STATISTICS OR (MAC 2312 or 2234)3

    REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES (38 credits) - Grade of C or higher required
    BCH 4024BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
    BOT 3015CPLANT BIOLOGY WITH LAB4
    BSC 3017THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES2
    BSC 4931SENIOR SEMINAR IN BIOLOGY1
    PCB 3043CECOLOGY WITH LAB4
    PCB 3063CGENETICS WITH LAB4
    PCB 4674EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY3
    PCB 4723CCOMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY WITH LAB4
    PHY 1053 - GENERAL PHYSICS I OR3
    PHY 2048PHYSICS I3
    PHY 1048LPHYSICS LABORATORY I1
    PHY 1054 - GENERAL PHYSICS II OR3
    PHY 2049PHYSICS II3
    PHY 1049LPHYSICS LABORATORY II1
    a MCB 3020C GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY WITH LAB OR4
    aPCB 3023C CELL BIOLOGY WITH LAB(4)

    ELECTIVES: Select 22 credits - Grade of C or higher required
    ANS 3006INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL SCIENCE3
    ATE 3637SMALL ANIMAL NUTRITION3
    BOT 3143CFIELD BOTANY WITH LAB4
    BSC 3052CONSERVATION BIOLOGY3
    BSC 3312CMARINE BIOLOGY WITH LAB4
    BSC 4422CMETHODS AND APPLICATIONS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY4
    BSC 4905CUNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY1-6
    HSC 3201COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EPIDEMIOLOGY3
    PCB 4233IMMUNOLOGY3
    PCB 4253CDEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY WITH LAB4
    PCB 4363CPHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY4
    PCB 4454CBIOSTATISTICS WITH LAB4
    ZOO 3205CINVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY WITH LAB4
    ZOO 3307CVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY WITH LAB4
    ZOO 3713CFUNCTIONAL VERTEBRATE ANATOMY WITH LAB4
    ZOO 3733CHUMAN ANATOMY WITH LAB4
    ZOO 4454CICHTHYOLOGY WITH LABORATORY4
    ZOO 4513CANIMAL BEHAVIOR WITH LAB4
    a MCB 3020C GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY WITH LAB OR(4)
    a PCB 3023C CELL BIOLOGY WITH LAB(4)

    TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS120

    a Note: Either MCB 3020C OR PCB 3023C can be used as required major courses (not both). If a student chooses to take both, one of the courses will count as an elective.

    NOTE: If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

    C&I 6/14/11 ~ BOT 10/2011
  • Our bachelor's degree in Biology is perfect if you have taken the common prerequisite classes in biology, chemistry and calculus as part of your A.A. degree. Your major courses include a range of biology, chemistry, physics and math.

    Flexible by Design

    We offer electives that let you focus on your interests, such as:

    • Zoology
    • Ecology
    • Immunology
    • Biotechnology
    • Marine biology
    • Plant biology
    • Molecular biology
    • Cellular biology
    • Undergraduate research
  • Admissions Guide 

    Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to SPC's bachelor of science in biology program, you will need:

    • An A.A. degree, or 60 credits with at least 15 credit hours in transferable general education from a regionally accredited institution.
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all postsecondary coursework.
    • To have completed all of the state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or better.

    Please note that if you have an A.S. degree, you will need to complete an additional 15 to 21 general education credits to meet the 36-hour general education requirement of SPC. Consult your assigned baccalaureate specialist with questions.

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  • With this degree you can:

    • Work in a variety of careers in the biological sciences like health care, education, conservation and research.
    • Utilize your skills in creative problem-solving, critical thinking, analyzing, communication and information technology across various biological science disciplines.
    • Pursue graduate degrees such as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, or study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy.
  • Careers in Biology

    Our Bachelor of Science degree in Biology prepares you for graduate or professional school or the following careers: