Biology - Major
Requirements for a Major
Schreiner University offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology. The biology program is committed to the liberal arts tradition with emphasis upon biology as an area of free inquiry. Students are not expected simply to master current biological knowledge. Rather, they are encouraged and expected to understand biology as a dynamic body of knowledge. Methods of producing new knowledge and using concepts to further understanding are two major goals of the program. In addition, there is an emphasis on the interdisciplinary context of biology as a science. Students majoring in Biology are expected to understand the philosophical foundations of science and the limitations inherent in all scientific knowledge. The biology curriculum has been designed specifically to achieve these goals. Required courses include many of the subdivisions of the life sciences. Also included are a number of laboratory courses and some courses specifically designed to prepare students to carry out research in topics of special interest. Students who major in biology may pursue a number of postgraduate directions including education, industry, and graduate study. Graduate study may require additional coursework in biology.
For the (B.A. degree): BIOL 1301, 1102, 2405 (1302, 1103, 2401 or 2402) 3340, 3350, 3450, 4398 or 4399 plus cellular or environmental track, CHEM 1101, 1301, 1102, 1302, 2411, 2412, MATH 1310 and 1321. MATH 2422, 2423, 3330 and 8 hrs PHYS are recommended electives.
For the (B.S. degree) : BIOL 1301, 1102, 1302, 1103, 2405, 3340, 3350, 3450, 4398 or 4399 plus cellular or environmental track, CHEM 1101, 1301, 1102, 1302, 2411, 2412, MATH 2422, 2423 or 3330 and 8 hrs of PHYS
Cellular Track: At least 8 hrs from BIOC 3405, 3406, BIOL 3414, 3451 plus at least 3 hrs upper level BIOL.
Environmental Track: At least 10 hrs from BIOL 3341, 3343, 3407, 3442, 3444 plus upper level BIOC or BIOL electives.
Students seeking teacher certification in biology (BIOL) should consult the Teacher Education section of this catalog for specific course selection.
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