Academic Catalog

Biology, B.S.

Program Description

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology is to provide rigorous training to those students desiring careers in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences. The program also provides the necessary preparation to those students who wish to pursue graduate training in biology, medicine, or veterinary science. The goal of the program is to produce graduates who, having been trained in the analytical and investigative techniques of the biological sciences, are ready to embark on promising careers in government, industry, and biomedical sciences.

The Biology major at Medaille College is designed to introduce students to the broad spectrum of biological knowledge, from the complexities of the single cell to the dynamics of the ecosystem, and to develop an awareness of the achievements, methods, potentials, and limitations of the biological sciences. Consistent with a liberal education, the Biology major includes a combination of required and elective courses. Students may utilize their electives to experience the rich traditions of the liberal arts, to develop significant expertise in a second area of study, such as communications or management, or to acquire an additional degree or certification, i.e., the Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

The curriculum consists of a 40-credit core of courses designed to allow students to explore, in depth, the analytical procedures and principle tenets of thought in biological science. The core consists of

  1. eight required courses in botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, epidemiology and biostatistics, and comparative anatomy and physiology; and
  2. a choice of electives from courses that include immunology, animal behavior, advanced vertebrate physiology, herpetology, ichthyology, ornithology, mammalogy, organic evolution, developmental biology, and biochemistry.

Students also take courses in general and organic chemistry, and mathematics. The design of the Biology curriculum is such that graduates of Medaille College’s Associate in Science degree program in Veterinary Technology may transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology without loss of any credits provided they take the appropriate chemistry and liberal arts sequences.

Program Goals

  • Students will develop an understanding of the central themes, principles, and technologies of biological knowledge and a familiarity with appropriate supporting areas of chemistry and mathematics.
  • Students will develop the scientific literacy necessary to analyze, critically evaluate, and communicate scientific concepts.
  • Students will develop their investigative skills and increase their understanding of science as a way of knowing that guides and facilitates scientific investigation and decision-making.

Degree earned: B.S.
Total number of credits: 128

Credit Distribution

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 115Pre-Calculus 23
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
BIO 120Botany4
BIO 170Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I4
or BIO 160 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 170LComparative Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
or BIO 160L Human Anatomy and Physiology L
BIO 171Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II4
or BIO 161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 171LComparative Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
or BIO 161L Human Anatomy & Phys. II Lab
BIO 200Microbiology3
BIO 200LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 220Cell Biology3
BIO 301Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
BIO 320Ecology4
BIO 330Genetics3
Major Electives
Select three courses of the following:9
Toxicology
Immunology
Animal Behavior
Advanced Vertebrate Physiology I
Advanced Vertebrate Physiology II
Biology Internship
Ichthyology
Herpetology
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Organic Evolution
Developmental Biology
Independent Study in Biology
General Biochemistry
General Biochemistry Laboratory
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
CHE 200General Chemistry I3
CHE 200LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHE 201General Chemistry II3
CHE 201LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHE 300Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 300LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHE 301Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 301LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHI 300Ethics3
Computer Information Systems
CIS 115Computer Applications3
Free Electives
Select 39 credits of Free Electives 339
Total Hours128
1

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Students who meet the math requirement by placement may substitute a Free elective

3

May include any College course

Note: Students planning to apply for admission to graduate, medical, or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to take CHE 400 General Biochemistry, PHY 200 Principles of Physics I and PHY 201 Principles of Physics II. Additionally, students are encouraged to take either MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications, or MAT 251 Calculus I and MAT 252 Calculus II (a two-course sequence). Students interested in professional careers in medicine are advised to develop a foundation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
BIO 170 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 170L Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
CHE 200 General Chemistry I 3
CHE 200L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
BIO 171 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 171L Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
CHE 201 General Chemistry II 3
CHE 201L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours18
Second Year
First Semester
BIO 200 Microbiology 3
CHE 300 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 300L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CIS 115 Computer Applications 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
BIO 220 Cell Biology 3
CHE 301 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 301L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MAT 115 Pre-Calculus 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
BIO 330 Genetics 3
BIO 320 Ecology 4
PHI 300 Ethics 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
Global Dialogues 3
BIO 301 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
BIO 120 Botany 4
BIO Elective 3-4
Free Elective 3
 Hours16-17
Fourth Year
First Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
BIO Elective 3-4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Second Semester
BIO Elective 3-4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours127-130

Note 1: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Note 2: Students planning to apply for admission to graduate, medical or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to take CHE 400 General Biochemistry, PHY 200 Principles of Physics I, PHY 201 Principles of Physics II, and MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications or MAT 251 Calculus I and MAT 252 Calculus II. Students interested in professional careers in medicine are advised to develop a foundation in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.