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Biology is one of the most interdisciplinary of all the sciences. In addition to biology, the discipline requires a broad background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This background enables the biologist to study the evolution of life; manifestations of life from the level of viruses, bacteria, and individual cells to the structure and function of organisms; and interactions of living organisms with each other and their environment.
For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Biology in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree Program and the School of Education page in this catalog. Note: The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Science. See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree, students will demonstrate:
- a level of competency for understanding core principles of evolution, organismal diversity, ecology, biological structure, biological function, molecular biology, and genetics.
- the ability to locate and critically evaluate scientific information to help develop relevant questions and hypotheses, interpret the results of investigation, and synthesize and apply new and existing knowledge.
- the ability to design studies to test biological hypotheses using laboratory, field, or computational methods that meet professional ethical standards.
- the ability to effectively communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing.
- the ability to learn independently, analyze data, interpret results, synthesize information, and to critically evaluate the significance of research results and new knowledge.
- an awareness of the relevance of biological knowledge to human health and welfare in local, national and international communities.
- This program is available on-campus
Declaring this Major:
To earn a B.S. with a major in Biology, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above. To become eligible for the Biology Honors Program, see requirements listed below under Honors in Biology.
Biology BS 4-Year Plan:
- A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses required for the major.
- A GPA of 2.30 or higher in biology core and biology elective/concentration courses.
- A maximum of 6 credits in BIOL 29500 or 59500.
- All biology courses applied toward graduation must be completed within 10 years from the time the first biology course was completed.
Biology BS with Secondary Education 4-Year Plan:
General Education Requirements: Credits 33
- Cick on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
- Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description. Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major. A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.
English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6
In addition to the General Education writing course (ENGL 13100) or equivalent), you are required to complete ENGL 23301 or an equivalent second writing course. You are also required to complete COM 11400 or an equivalent oral communication course. Courses meeting these requirements require a grade of C- or better. Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.
Language: Credits 6
You must complete two courses at the first-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency). Click on the PFW College of Science link above for more details.
Core (Major) Courses: Credits 23
Calculus and Statistics: Credits 9
The following calculus and statistics course pattern is typical. Course substitutions are possible with advisor approval. Please note that most graduate programs require a full year of calculus.
One of the following sequences
Biology Elective Courses: Credits 16
Take at least one course with a laboratory from each of the A and B elective course lists below.
- The A elective courses focus on topics regarding the intact organism and its interaction with the environment, and so are organismal, population, community, and ecosystem in nature.
- The B elective courses focus on processes acting within the organism, and thus detail molecular, cellular, and organ-system mechanisms.
(organismal, population, community, and ecosystem)
(molecular, cellular, and organ-system)
- Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.
Honors in Biology
You may earn an Honors Degree in Biology by achieving an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and a Biology GPA of 3.50 or higher while completing at least 6 research credits. Research credits should be composed of BIOL 59500, although BIOL 29500 credits will be accepted if it can be demonstrated that the BIOL 29500 research was conducted on the same topic as the BIOL 59500 research. A senior thesis committee of three faculty members must be established at least one semester before graduation. Students must prepare a plan of research, senior thesis, and give a public oral presentation of the thesis research for review by the thesis committee. Students earning the Departmental Honors Degree in Biology are not eligible for the Biology Research Certificate.
All Biology courses applied toward graduation must be completed within ten (10) years from the time the first Biology course was completed.
You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.
Additional Course Use
Courses listed below may also be considered in meeting specific degree requirements.
CHM 25400 and CHM 26100 required; CHM 26500 and CHM 26100 accepted
COM 11400 required; HIST 12500 accepted
STAT 24000 required; STAT 30100 accepted