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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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    Bachelor of Science


    John Chapin, Dean, (727) 394-6995

    Program Summary

    The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree serves primarily to educate students for laboratory and field-related careers in the Biological sciences and as a transfer curriculum for graduate and professional schools.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • A Biology-BS degree may lead to a career in the following fields: Biotechnology, Medical and Environmental laboratories, Field Biology, Research Biology, Aquaria and Zoo Biology.
    • This degree also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic medicine.

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2015 (505), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Admission Rules

    Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses, and completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below with a grade of "C" or better.

    Graduation Rules

    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.

    60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

    Grade of "C" or better required

    BSC 2010Biology I Cellular Processes3
    BSC 2010LBiology I Cellular Processes Laboratory1
    BSC 2011Biology II Organisms & Ecology3
    BSC 2011LBiology II Laboratory1
    CHM 2045General Chemistry I3
    CHM 2045LGeneral Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis 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 2311Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
    MAC 2233Applied Calculus I3
    MAC 2312Calculus with Analytic Geometry II5
    MAC 2234Applied Calculus II3
    STA 2023Elementary Statistics3

    Major Requirements (Complete 38 credits)

    BCH 4024Biochemistry4
    BOT 3015Plant Biology3
    BOT 3015LPlant Biology Lab1
    BSC 3017Theory And Practice In The Biological Sciences2
    BSC 4931Senior Seminar in Biology1
    PCB 3043Ecology3
    PCB 3043LEcology Lab1
    PCB 3063Genetics3
    PCB 3063LGenetics Lab1
    PCB 4674Evolutionary Biology3
    PCB 4723Comparative Physiology3
    PCB 4723LComparative Physiology Lab1
    PHY 1053General Physics I3
    PHY 2048Physics I3
    PHY 1048LPhysics Laboratory I1
    PHY 1054General Physics II3
    PHY 2049Physics II3
    PHY 1049LPhysics Laboratory II1
    aMCB 3020Microbiology3
    MCB 3020LMicrobiology Lab1
    PCB 3023Cell Biology3
    PCB 3023LCell Biology Laboratory1

    Elective courses (Select 22 credits)

    ANS 3006Introduction to Animal Science3
    ATE 3605Small Animal Nutrition3
    BSC 3931Special Topics in Biology1-3
    BSC 3052Conservation Biology3
    BSC 3312CMarine Biology with Lab4
    BSC 3931Special Topics in Biology1
    BSC 3931LSpecial Topics in Biology Lab1-2
    BSC 3932Scientific Communication2
    BSC 4422CMethods and Applications in Biotechnology4
    BSC 4905CUndergraduate Research in Biology1-6
    BSC 4940Internship in Biological Sciences1-3
    HSC 3201Community Health and Epidemiology3
    MCB 3020Microbiology3
    MCB 3020LMicrobiology Lab1
    PCB 3023Cell Biology3
    PCB 3023LCell Biology Laboratory1
    PCB 4024Molecular Biology3
    PCB 4233Immunology3
    PCB 4253CDevelopmental Biology with Lab4
    PCB 4363CPhysiological Ecology4
    PCB 4454CBiostatistics with Lab4
    ZOO 3307Vertebrate Zoology3
    ZOO 3307LVertebrate Zoology Lab1
    ZOO 3713Functional Vertebrate Anatomy3
    ZOO 3713LFunctional Vertebrate Anatomy Lab1
    ZOO 3733CHuman Anatomy with Lab4
    ZOO 4513Animal Behavior3
    ZOO 4513LAnimal Behavior Lab1

    a Note: Either MCB 3020 OR PCB 3023 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.

    Total Credits120
  • 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 need to complete: 

    • 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution, including:
      • 15 credits of transferable general education courses
      • ENC1101 Composition I or equivalent
      • A college math course: MAT 1033, MAT 1100, STA 2023, STA 2023H or Any MAC, MGF, MTG, MAS math prefix
      • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.00 scale in all college classes

      • All state mandated pre-requisites listed below with a grade of “C” or better 
        • Cellular Processes Biology I with Lab & Organisms and Ecology Biology II with Lab
          • BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L
          • BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L
        • General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis with Lab I and II
          • CHM 2045 & CHM 2045L
          • CHM 2046 & CHM 2046L
        • Calculus with Analytic Geometry
          • MAC 2311 (or MAC 2233)
        • Elementary Statistics
          • STA 2023 (or MAC 2312 or 2234)
        • 8 credits of Organic Chemistry I and II OR Physics I and II, OR General Physics I and II with labs, from the following options. Please choose ONE:
      1. Organic Chemistry
        • CHM 2010 Organic Chemistry I
        • CHM 2010L Organic Chemistry I Lab
        • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
        • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab

      2. Physics
        • PHY 2048 Physics I
        • PHY 1048L Physics I Lab
        • PHY 2049 Physics II
        • PHY 1049L Physics II Lab

      3. General Physics
        • PHY 1053 General Physics I
        • PHY 1048L Physics I Lab
        • PHY 1054 General Physics II
        • PHY 1049L Physics II Lab

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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: