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Biology Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Biology, a student completes a minimum of 33 to 36 hours of biology courses with a grade of C- or better:

  • 14 hours of biology core courses:
    • BIOL 115 Fundamental Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIOL 116 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity
    • BIOL 270 Genetics
    • BIOL 385 Scientific Information
    • BIOL 499 Capstone: Biological Research
  • 2 hours of BIOL 486 Research Method
  • 17-20 hours of additional biology elective courses at or above the 200 level and not including general education courses. At least two courses must be at or above the 300 level.
  • 28 hours of required supporting courses:
    • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemsitry I
    • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
    • MATH 225 Calculus I
    • PHYS 110 Physics I
    • PHYS 111 Physics II

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Biology, a student completes a minimum of 31 to 34 hours of the following biology courses with a grade of C- or better:

  • 14 hours of biology core courses:
    • BIOL 115 Fundamental Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIOL 116 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity
    • BIOL 270 Genetics
    • BIOL 385 Scientific Information
    • BIOL 499 Capstone: Biological Research
  • 17-20 hours of additional biology courses at or above the 200 level and not including general education courses. At least two courses must be at or above the 300 level.
  • 16 hours of required supporting courses:
    • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • One math course at the pre-calculus level or higher

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Biology with an Endorsement in Secondary Education, a student completes the requirements for a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in biology as well as the education department requirements for secondary education.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

A Minor in Biology may be obtained by completing 20 semester hours of biology courses with a grade of C- or better.


LECTURE/LAB WITHDRAWAL POLICY

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course that has a lecture and laboratory component, the student must withdraw from both lecture and laboratory.


APPLICATION TO MAJOR

Prior to application for a Bachelor of Arts Degree or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, a student must have completed BIOL 115 Fundamental Cell Biology and Genetics and BIOL 116 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, with a minimum grade of C in each.


COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIPS

Students are encouraged to learn by observation and participation at off-campus laboratory or field settings through internships and cooperative education ventures. Arrangements for these are made in consultation with the biology faculty and on an individual basis with the appropriate administrative office. A major effort is directed toward providing experience in various career areas. Internships and cooperative experiences usually facilitate entrance into the job market and are highly recommended for acceptance into some graduate programs. A maximum of six hours will be accepted as biology credit and a maximum of 15 hours is allowed toward graduation.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT

 

The senior performance requirement is fulfilled upon completion of BIOL 499 Capstone: Biological Research. Students will have the option to conduct an experimental laboratory or field research project, or to develop a research proposal for the BS degree. A literature review or a research proposal is required for the BA degree. Each student will work under the direction of a faculty member. Both degrees require a written paper and an oral presentation. Students pursuing a double major must work closely with a faculty member of each department and meet the senior performance requirement for each department.

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