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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Biology


General Biology Concentration
Pre-Professional Human Medicine Concentration
Forensic Science Concentration


General Biology Concentration

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a general concentration will be able to:

  1. Apply understanding of the classic principles of living systems and integrate these principles with modern technological applications.
  2. Apply laboratory techniques to better understand biological processes.
  3. Differentiate between those methods, experimental data, and conclusions of biological phenomena that are based in legitimate science as compared to those that are not.
  4. Convey scientific information in appropriate oral and written formats to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  5. Integrate applications of a diverse assemblage of biological disciplines to logically address real-world needs and problems.

Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

Behavioral  Science elective

3

BIOL 1315

3

BIOL 1316

3

BIOL 1315L

1

BIOL 1316L

1

CHEM 1315

3

CHEM 1316

3

CHEM 1315L

1

CHEM 1316L

1

ENGL 1310

3

ENGL 1311

3

MATH 1315

3

RELS 1310

3

Semester Credit Hours

15

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

BIOL 2315

3

BIOL 2325

3

CHEM 2310

3

BIOL 2325L

1

CHEM 2310L

1

CHEM 2311

3

History Elective

3

CHEM 2311L

1

MATH 2310

3

MATH  2315

3

SPCH 1310

3

Hum elective

3

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

14

 

 

 

 

Semester 5

Credit Hours

Semester 6

Credit Hours

Behavioral  Science elective

3

Behavioral Science elective

3

BIOL 3305

3

BIOL 3320

3

BIOL 3325

3

BIOL 3360

3

BIOL 3350

3

PHIL 2315 or 2320

3

PHYS 1310

3

PHYS 1311

3

PHYS 1310L

1

PHYS 1311L

1

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

 

 

Semester 7

Credit Hours

Semester 8

Credit Hours

BIOL Elective
3000 level or above

3

BIOL Elective
3000 level or above

6

BIOL 3315

3

BIOL 4355

3

BIOL 4415

4

BIOL 4910

3

CHEM 3310

3

BIOL 4915

3

Semester Credit Hours

13

Semester Credit Hours

15

Total hours for Bachelor of Science degree in biology, General Biology Concentration (122 Credit Hours)

Humanities electives can be taken from ARTS, MUSI, ENGL, HIST, LING, RELS, or PHIL courses                               
Behavioral Science electives can be taken from PSYC, SOCI, or ANTH courses.

Pre-professional Human Medicine Concentration

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a pre-professional human medicine concentration will be able to:

  1. Apply understanding of the classic principles of living systems and integrate these principles with modern technological applications.
  2. Apply laboratory techniques to better understand biological processes.
  3. Differentiate between those methods, experimental data, and conclusions of biological phenomena that are based in legitimate science as compared to those that are not.
  4. Convey scientific information in appropriate oral and written formats to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  5. Integrate applications of a diverse assemblage of biological disciplines to logically address real-world needs and problems.
  6. Apply understanding in the areas of human biology, human medicine and human pathophysiology.
  7. Be adequately prepared for future education and training in areas of human medicine, including osteopathy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry and podiatry.
  8. Be adequately prepared for admission to masterís-level physicianís assistant programs.
  9. Be adequately prepared for studies in graduate education and training in human biology related specialties (anatomy, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, forensic science and pathology, to name a few); Students will be well-prepared for advanced studies in these subject areas, and may ultimately choose to engage in academic/scholarly endeavors in college, university, industrial, or clinical and/or research environments. 
  10. Apply the use of technology in the classroom, especially in scientific course work. 

Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

BIOL 1316

3

BIOL 1315

3

BIOL 1316L

1

BIOL 1315L

1

CHEM 1316

3

CHEM1315

3

CHEM 1316L

1

CHEM 1315L

1

ENGL1311

3

ENGL 1310

3

SPCH 1310

3

MATH 1315

3

MATH 1320

3

RELS 1310

3

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

18

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

Behavioral Science elective

3

BIOL 2311

3

BIOL 2310

3

BIOL 2311L

1

BIOL 2310L

1

BIOL 2325

3

CHEM 2310

3

BIOL 2325L

1

CHEM 2310L

1

CHEM 2311

3

History elective

3

CHEM 2311L

1

MATH 2310

3

MATH 2315

3

 

 

PHIL 2315 or 2320

3

Semester Credit Hours

17

Semester Credit Hours

18

 

 

 

 

Semester 5

Credit Hours

Semester 6

Credit Hours

BIOL 3305

3

Behavioral Science elective

3

BIOL 3340

3

BIOL 3320

3

BIOL 3350

3

BIOL 3325

3

CHEM 3310

3

BIOL 3335

3

PHYS 1310

3

PHYS 1311

3

PHYS 1310L

1

PHYS 1311L

1

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

 

 

Semester 7

Credit Hours

Semester 8

Credit Hours

Advanced A&P
BIOL 4000 Level

3

Advanced A&P
BIOL 4000 Level

3

BIOL Elective 3000 or above

3

BIOL 4310

3

BIOL 3315

3

BIOL 4910

3

BIOL 4415

4

BIOL 4915

3

Humanities Elective

3

Behavioral Science elective

3

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

15

Total hours for Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Pre-professional Human Medicine Concentration (133 Credit Hours)

Humanities electives can be taken from ARTS, MUSI, ENGL, HIST, LING, RELS, or PHIL courses
Behavioral Science electives can be taken from PSYC, SOCI, or ANTH courses.

Forensic Science Concentration

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a forensic science concentration will be able to:

  1. Apply understanding of the classic principles of living systems and integrate these principles with modern technological applications.
  2. Apply laboratory techniques to better understand biological processes.
  3. Differentiate between those methods, experimental data, and conclusions of biological phenomena that are based in legitimate science as compared to those that are not.
  4. Convey scientific information in appropriate oral and written formats to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  5. Integrate applications of a diverse assemblage of biological disciplines to logically address real-world needs and problems.
  6. Integrate scientific theory and practical training that will be required to work in highly specialized laboratories.
  7. Perform crime scene analysis and give expert witness testimony.
  8. Apply computer skills, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making as required in their professional field.
  9. Appreciate the concept of a civil community that respects the rights and property of others and abhors violence, theft and the exploitation of others.
  10. Practice life-long learning that encourages academic, personal and professional growth.

Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

ENGL 1311

3

ENGL 1310

3

MATH 1320

3

BIOL 1315

3

RELS 1310

3

BIOL 1315L

1

BIOL 1316

3

CHEM 1315

3

BIOL 1316L

1

CHEM 1315L

1

CHEM 1316

3

MATH 1315

3

CHEM 1316L

1

FOSC 1210

2

FOSC 2210

2

Semester Credit Hours

17

Semester Credit Hours

19

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

MATH 2310

3

PSYC 1310

3

BIOL 2325

3

BIOL 3310

3

BIOL 2325L

1

CHEM 2311

3

CHEM 2310

3

CHEM 2311L

1

CHEM 2310L

1

PHYS 1311

3

PHYS 1310

3

PHYS 1311L

1

PHYS 1310L

1

FOSC 3310

3

FOSC 2310

3

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

18

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

 

 

 

Semester 5

Credit Hours

Semester 6

Credit Hours

FOSC 3410

4

FOSC 4415

4

ENGL 2310

3

BIOL 3350

3

PSYC 2330

3

CHEM 3310

3

CHEM 2210

3

ENGL 3335

3

CHEM 2210L

1

BIOL 3320

3

BIOL 3325

3

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

17

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

 

 

Semester 7

Credit Hours

Semester 8

Credit Hours

PSYC 3315

3

PHIL 2315 or 2320

3

FOSC 4410

4

FOSC 4710

6

MATH 2315

3

HIST 2XXX

3

SPCH 1310

3

ANTH 1310

3

 

 

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

13

Semester Credit Hours

15

Total hours for Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Forensic Science Concentration (132 Credit Hours)

Declaration of Major

A student may declare the biology degree with the desired concentration at any time, but must meet with a faculty advisor to help develop his/her individual degree plan. Requirements for acceptance into the program are the same as for acceptance to OLOLC.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of minimum semester hours and courses required for the specific degree concentration;
  • An overall grade point average of 2.00 (out of 4), including all transfer courses;
  • Fulfillment of the residency requirement of Our Lady of the Lake College for the baccalaureate degree (see Academic Policies section), including two service learning projects;
  • Clearance of indebtedness to OLOLCincluding the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library