Degree Programs

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Natural Science Department

Bachelor of Science

Biology

BIOLOGY-BS

Program Leadership Information

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.

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 Spring 2015 (495), 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

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS
Admission requires an A.A. Degree or 60 credits (with at least 15 General Education credits) AND completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below.

Graduation Rules

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
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.

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Grade of "C" or better required

Biology I Cellular Processes
3
Biology I Laboratory
1
Biology II Organisms & Ecology
3
Biology II Laboratory
1
General Chemistry I
3
General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I
1
General Chemistry II
3
General Chemistry Laboratory II
1
Organic Chemistry I
3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
1
Organic Chemistry II
3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
1
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
5
OR
Applied Calculus I
3
AND
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
5
OR
Applied Calculus II
3
OR
Elementary Statistics
3

AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A.A. Degree (or 60 credits with at least 15 General Education credits)

60
Credits

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 38 credits)

Biochemistry
4
Plant Biology
3
Plant Biology Lab
1
Theory And Practice In The Biological Sciences
2
Senior Seminar in Biology
1
Ecology
3
Ecology Lab
1
Genetics
3
Genetics Lab
1
Evolutionary Biology
3
Comparative Physiology
3
Comparative Physiology Lab
1
General Physics I
3
OR
Physics I
3
Physics Laboratory I
1
General Physics II
3
OR
Physics II
3
Physics Laboratory II
1
Microbiology a
3
AND
Microbiology Lab
1
OR
Cell Biology
3
AND
Cell Biology Laboratory
1

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Elective courses (Select 22 credits)

Introduction to Animal Science
3
Small Animal Nutrition
3
Special Topics in Biology
1-3
Conservation Biology
3
Marine Biology with Lab
4
Special Topics in Biology
1
Special Topics in Biology Lab
1-2
Scientific Communication
2
Methods and Applications in Biotechnology
4
Undergraduate Research in Biology
1-6
Internship in Biological Sciences
1-3
Community Health and Epidemiology
3
Microbiology
3
AND
Microbiology Lab
1
OR
Cell Biology
3
AND
Cell Biology Laboratory
1
Molecular Biology
3
Immunology
3
Developmental Biology with Lab
4
Physiological Ecology
4
Biostatistics with Lab
4
Vertebrate Zoology
3
Vertebrate Zoology Lab
1
Functional Vertebrate Anatomy
3
Functional Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
1
Human Anatomy with Lab
4
Animal Behavior
3
Animal Behavior Lab
1

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.

120
Total Credits