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 1401, (1403, 1404, 2403, or 2404), 3350, 3430, 3440, 3450, (4395, 4398, or 4399), 6 hours of upper level biology courses, CHEM 1401, 1402, 3411, 3412, MATH 1310, and 1321. Students may choose 10-12 hours of electives. MATH 2422, 2423, PHYS 1401, 1402, and statistics are recommended electives.
For the (B.S. degree):
BIOL 1401, 2403, 2404, 3350, 3430, 3440, 3450, 4398, 4399, 4 hours of upper level biology courses, CHEM 1401, 1402, 3411, 3412, MATH 2422, 2423, PHYS 1401, 1402, and IS 2310. Students may choose 5-6 hours of electives.
Students may not earn credit for both BIOL 2411 and BIOL 3414, or both BIOL 1407 and BIOL 3407.
Students seeking teacher certification in biology (BIOL) should consult the Teacher Education section of this catalog for specific course selection.
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