Biology Curriculum

The biology curriculum is flexible. The courses in your first two years will introduce you to basic biological concepts, providing a foundation in the natural and physical sciences, humanities and social sciences. Individualization characterizes the third and fourth years.  You may choose to concentrate in areas such as cellular/subcellular biology, animal or plant biology, clinical biology, population biology, and interdisciplinary biology. You will be able to receive academic credit for independent study or directed research into questions being pursued by leading scientists. You will be encouraged to take advantage of the many research opportunities available.

The following is a typical curriculum for biology students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2015; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Biological Sciences Orientation
Introductory Biology I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Precalculus, General Calculus
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Physical Education I, II

Second Year

Basics of Microbiology
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Introductory Physics I, II
Biology Elective
Biological Sciences Colloquium
General Education Requirements
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements

Third Year

Quantitative Science Requirements
Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Survey of Biochemistry or Biochemistry
General Education Requirements
General Education Communication Requirement
Biology, Natural Science, and General Education Electives

Fourth Year

Biological Sciences Seminar I, II
Biology and General Education or Free Electives
General Education Requirement

You can construct a course of study that best suits your career goals by selecting from among the following elective courses:

Animal Biology
Animal Diversity and Morphology
Human Structure and Function I, II
Functional Human Anatomy and Histology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
Human Physiology
Cellular/Subcellular Biology
Advanced Microbiology
Applied Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Microbial Physiology
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Clinical Biology
Human Structure and Function Laboratory I, II
Basic Concepts and Procedures in Medical Laboratory Science
Human Parasitology
Clinical Microbiology
Clinical Immunology
Principles and Applications of Immunology
Interdisciplinary Biology
Basic Nutrition
Introduction to Neuroscience
Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
Toxic Natural Products
Biology of Aging
Independent Study in Biological Sciences
Biology Internship
Principles of Forensic Pathology
Environmental Toxicology
Special Topics in Biology
Seminar in Neuroscience
Directed Research in Biological Sciences
Plant Biology
Plant Diversity and Morphology
Economic Botany
Plant Physiology
Population Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Animal Behavior
Aquatic Biology

Additional general education courses will be required as part of the program.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the biology curriculum, see the University Catalog.

University Catalog
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