The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides a broad-based education in modern life science while offering the opportunity for students to concentrate their efforts within various biological disciplines. Through consultation with a professional advisor, students may select elective courses that focus on cell and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, organismal biology, or environmental studies. The Bachelor of Science curriculum includes a strong background in the supporting sciences: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Computers. The Bachelor of Science in Biology prepares students for admission to graduate, medical, dental, and other professional schools; for careers in academic and industrial research; teaching; and for various careers in the publishing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and biotechnology industries.
Required Biology Courses (33 credits)
Principles Biology I
Principles Biology II
Elective Biology Courses (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from Biology courses numbered higher than BIOL 230.
Required Physics Course
College Physics I (Lecture)
Principles of Physics I - Lecture
Physics I Recitation & Laboratory
Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation
Physics II (Lecture)
Principles of Physics II - Lecture
Physics II Recitation & Laboratory
Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation
Required Math and Computer Science Courses:
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Computers Tools for Science and Math
Statistics for Social Sciences
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 5 Biology major courses at NJCU.
Credits earned for Biology courses more than 10 years ago may not satisfy department requirements.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in each Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics course in order to receive the BA in Biology.
Students must achieve an average of “C” (2.0) or better in Principles of Biology I & II before enrolling in higher-level Biology courses.
Students must successfully complete each required course within three attempts to remain in the BS in Biology program.
Students must successfully complete both Anatomy & Physiology I and II to earn Biology elective credits for Principles of Anatomy II.
Students may not apply for credits from Anatomy and Physiology I toward the BS in Biology.
Students may apply up to 6 credits of Biology Research or Coop Education toward the BS in Biology requirements.
Biology electives should be selected from courses numbered higher than BIOL 230.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Biology BS program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the factual and theoretical basis of biology including mechanisms on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels.
Demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry and explain how scientific inquiry and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
Apply quantitative knowledge and reasoning to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and their application to understanding living systems.
Communicate scientific information in written and/or oral formats.
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