Earn a bachelor's degree in biology

The 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. This degree offers subplans in animal sciences, biomedical sciences, cell and molecular biotechnology or ecology and organismal biology.

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 or earned SPC's Biology A.A. transfer plan. Your major courses include a range of biology, chemistry, physics and math.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

no occupation data

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

5,600

2026

6,420

Percent Change

15

Projected Job Openings

630

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

1,840

2026

2,020

Percent Change

10

Projected Job Openings

180

OTHER CAREER INFO

Our Bachelor of Science in Biology prepares you for these other careers:

Forensic Science Technicians

Life Scientists, All Other

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Features of SPC's Bachelor of Science in Biology

  • Prepares you to work in a variety of careers in biological sciences like health care, education, conservation and research
  • You get to utilize your skills in creative problem-solving, critical thinking, analyzing, communication and information technology across various biological science disciplines
  • Gives you a foundation for graduate degrees such as a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, or to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy

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

Biology Bachelor of Science

BIOLOGY-BS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), 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.



Program Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
Dean
(727) 398-8288
middleton.natavia@spcollege.edu


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.

Florida CIP Code

1102601011: BIOLOGY SCIENCES (BS)

Federal CIP Code

26.0101: Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

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.

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

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.

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

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Grade of "C" or better required

BSC 2010 Biology I Cellular Processes 3
BSC 2010L Biology I Cellular Processes Laboratory 1
BSC 2011 Biology II Organisms & Ecology 3
BSC 2011L Biology II Laboratory 1
CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I 1
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 2046L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5
OR
MAC 2233 Applied Calculus I 3
AND
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5
OR
MAC 2234 Applied Calculus II 3
OR
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 38 credits)

BCH 4024 Biochemistry 4
BOT 3015 Plant Biology 3
BOT 3015L Plant Biology Lab 1
BSC 3017 Theory And Practice In The Biological Sciences 2
BSC 4931 Senior Seminar in Biology 1
PCB 3043 Ecology 3
PCB 3043L Ecology Lab 1
PCB 3063 Genetics 3
PCB 3063L Genetics Lab 1
PCB 4674 Evolutionary Biology 3
PCB 4723 Comparative Physiology 3
PCB 4723L Comparative Physiology Lab 1
PHY 1053 General Physics I 3
OR
PHY 2048 Physics I 3
PHY 1048L Physics Laboratory I 1
PHY 1054 General Physics II 3
OR
PHY 2049 Physics II 3
PHY 1049L Physics Laboratory II 1
a MCB 3020 Microbiology 3
AND
MCB 3020L Microbiology Lab 1
OR
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3
AND
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Major Electives (Complete 22 credits)

TRACK
Track: Animal Sciences/Veterinary Medical (Complete up to 22 credits)

ANS 3006 Introduction to Animal Science 3
ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
ATE 3605 Small Animal Nutrition 3
BSC 3931 Special Topics in Biology 1-3
BSC 3931L Special Topics in Biology Lab 1-2
BSC 3932 Scientific Communication 2
ATE 3510 Understanding the Human-Animal Bond 3
BSC 4905C Undergraduate Research in Biology 1-6
BSC 4940 Internship in Biological Sciences 1-3
MCB 3020 Microbiology 3
AND
MCB 3020L Microbiology Lab 1
OR
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3
AND
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1
PCB 4233 Immunology 3
PCB 4253C Developmental Biology with Lab 4
PCB 4454C Biostatistics with Lab 4
ZOO 3713 Functional Vertebrate Anatomy 3
AND
ZOO 3713L Functional Vertebrate Anatomy Lab 1
ZOO 4513 Animal Behavior 3
AND
ZOO 4513L Animal Behavior Lab 1

TRACK
Track: Biomedical Sciences (Complete up to 22 credits)

BSC 3931 Special Topics in Biology 1-3
BSC 3931L Special Topics in Biology Lab 1-2
BSC 3932 Scientific Communication 2
BSC 4422C Methods and Applications in Biotechnology 4
BSC 4905C Undergraduate Research in Biology 1-6
BSC 4940 Internship in Biological Sciences 1-3
HSC 3201 Community Health and Epidemiology 3
MCB 3020 Microbiology 3
AND
MCB 3020L Microbiology Lab 1
OR
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3
AND
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1
PCB 4024 Molecular Biology 3
PCB 4233 Immunology 3
PCB 4253C Developmental Biology with Lab 4
PCB 4454C Biostatistics with Lab 4
ZOO 3733C Human Anatomy with Lab 4

TRACK
Track: Biotechnology, Cell & Molecular (Complete up to 22 credits)

BSC 3931 Special Topics in Biology 1-3
BSC 3931L Special Topics in Biology Lab 1-2
BSC 3932 Scientific Communication 2
BSC 4422C Methods and Applications in Biotechnology 4
BSC 4905C Undergraduate Research in Biology 1-6
BSC 4940 Internship in Biological Sciences 1-3
MCB 3020 Microbiology 3
AND
MCB 3020L Microbiology Lab 1
OR
PCB 3023 Cell Biology 3
AND
PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory 1
PCB 4024 Molecular Biology 3
PCB 4233 Immunology 3
PCB 4253C Developmental Biology with Lab 4
PCB 4454C Biostatistics with Lab 4

TRACK
Track: Ecology & Organismal Biology (Complete up to 22 credits)

ATE 3510 Understanding the Human-Animal Bond 3
BOT 3143C Field Botany With Lab 4
BSC 3052 Conservation Biology 3
BSC 3312C Marine Biology with Lab 4
BSC 3931 Special Topics in Biology 1-3
BSC 3931L Special Topics in Biology Lab 1-2
BSC 3932 Scientific Communication 2
BSC 4422C Methods and Applications in Biotechnology 4
BSC 4905C Undergraduate Research in Biology 1-6
BSC 4940 Internship in Biological Sciences 1-3
PCB 4363C Physiological Ecology 4
PCB 4454C Biostatistics with Lab 4
ZOO 3307 Vertebrate Zoology 3
AND
ZOO 3307L Vertebrate Zoology Lab 1
ZOO 4513 Animal Behavior 3
AND
ZOO 4513L 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.

Total Credits 120

Prepare for your bachelor's degree at SPC

St. Petersburg College offers a Biology A.A. transfer plan that prepares you for our Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Biology B.S. Degree

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