Biology

Area of Scientific Learning

Updated Fall 2013

The biology major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The biology curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in the biomedical sciences, education, research, and government services.

Graduates with a major in biology are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in a broad spectrum of life science disciplines;
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with information in chemistry;
  3. Be capable of critical thinking;
  4. Demonstrate skill in clearly communicating scientific information in the verbal format, written format, and using computer-based technology.

Pre-requirements for professional and paramedical programs and graduate school vary depending on the program and institution. Students must check the pre-requirements for entrance exams and admission to the programs they are interested in applying to and, with the help of their science adviser, adjust their course of study so that the institution’s pre-requirements are met. It is strongly recommended that students meet with a science adviser to plan their course of study so that they sequence courses to complete the major in a timely and fitting way.

Biology major – B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students interested in biology but desiring a broad choice of electives not in the sciences.

Required courses in the major:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 34 or 36

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), student must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Biology major – B.S.

Required courses in the major:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 42–44

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), student must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog.

No more than four hours credit in either BIOL 200 or 490 or a combined total of six hours in the two courses may be applied toward the requirements for a major in biology. Credit in 200 or 490 may not be applied toward a minor in biology.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a majors exam in each major. The senior major exam for Biology is the Major Field Test.  All Biology majors must complete this test prior to graduation.

Biology minor

Required courses in the minor:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the minor:

Total number of required hours: 19–20