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Biology Curriculum


The biology program at Misericordia University emphasizes a broad foundational knowledge in the biological sciences and provides students with diverse elective upper level courses.

The curriculum emphasizes the central principles of biology while also allowing students to specialize by selecting upper level courses from three distinct tracks to prepare them for diverse career paths in the biological sciences.

The curriculum includes cognate courses in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. In addition, hands-on investigative research is integrated into the curriculum to provide students with more opportunities to conduct research projects and enhance their learning experiences. This curricular approach, in conjunction with the supporting courses required by the curriculum, provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a diverse array of career paths.

The following are suggested curricula for a variety of biology specialties including a BS in Biology, BA Biology/Secondary Education, or BA Biology (Pre-DPT).

The Biology elective tracks consists of I – Cell and Molecular Biology; II – Organismal Biology III – Ecology and Evolution. Students are required to take five electives with at least one elective from each of the above tracks and any two additional electives.

Track I: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 241: Genetics (4 credits)
BIO 243: General Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 252: Histology (4 credits)
BIO 345: Developmental Biology (3 credits)
BIO 354: Biochemistry II (4 credits)
BIO 360: Immunology (4 credits)
BIO 435: Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIO 441: Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
BIO 450: Endocrinology (3 credits)

Track II: Organismal Biology
BIO 251: Comparative Anatomy (4 credits)
BIO 252: Histology (4 credits)
BIO 301: Gross Anatomy (5 credits)
BIO 311: Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
BIO 312: Invertebrate Zoology (4 credits)
BIO 346: General Physiology (4 credits

Track III: Ecology and Evolution

BIO 251: Comparative Anatomy (4 credits)
BIO 310: Environmental Biology (4 credits)
BIO 313: Marine Biology (4 credits)
BIO 425: Ecology (4 credits)
BIO 431: Field Biology (3 credits)

View more information about our B.S. in Biology and the B.S. in Biology in Secondary Education in our academic catalog.

 

 

BIOLOGY BS DEGREE  
   
Freshman Year  
   
First Semester Total Credits   14
BIO 111 Evolution, Genetics & Ecology 4
CHM 133 Chemical Principles I 4
Core 3
Core 3
   
Second Semester Total Credits   14
BIO 112 Cell & Molecular Biology 4
CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4
Core 3
Core 3
   
Sophomore Year  
   
First Semester Total Credits   16
BIO 201 Organismal Structure & Function 4
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 4
BIO 200 Sophomore Biology Seminar 4
MTH 151 Calculus I 4
Core 3
   
Second Semester Total Credits   18
BIO 202 Biological Interactions 4
CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4
MTH 152 Calculus II 4
Core 3
Core 3
   
Junior Year  
   
First Semester Total Credits   14-15
BIO Elective Track I 3-4
CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3
PHY 221 General Physics I 4
BIO 300 Junior Biology Seminar 1
Core 3
   
Second Semester Total Credits   14-16
BIO Elective Track II 3-4
PHY 222 General Physics II 4
Bio 480 Research 1-2
Core 3
Free elective 3
   
Senior Year  
   
First Semester Total Credits   16-18
BIO Elective Track III 3-4
BIO Major elective 3-4
Free Elective 3
BIO 480 Research 1
Core 3
Core 3
   
Second Semester Total Credits  16-18
BIO Major Elective 3-4
BIO Major Elective 3-4
Free Elective 3
BIO 491 Senior Thesis 1
Core 3
Core 3
   
Minimum credits required for graduation: 120