Biology Bachelor’s Degree Program Course Requirements
Core Course Requirements for the Biology Bachelor’s Degree Program
BI 200 - Intro Biology Biodiversity*SC/DC
This course provides an introduction to modern biology including biological classification, survey of biological diversity and evolutionary relationships, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, and principles of ecology. This course with lab and BI 205 with lab provide a comprehensive two-semester sequence in general biology. REQUIRED FOR ALL BIOLOGY MAJORS. With BI 200L, fulfills Ursuline Core Curriculum Science w/Lab requirement. *SC/DC
BI 200L - Intro Biology Lab *SC/DC
The Laboratory is comprised of selected exercises designed to reinforce concepts covered in BI 200 including hands on activities which afford students the opportunity to master basic biological principles, skills, and equipment used in experimental inquiry, design, analysis, and reporting. REQUIRED FOR ALL BIOLOGY MAJORS. *SC/DC
BI 205 - Principles Cell Biology
This course provides an introduction to modern biology including the basic principles of molecular and cell biology, energy transfer and metabolism, cellular reproduction, genetics, and mechanisms of evolution and origin of life. This course with lab and BI 200 with lab provide a comprehensive two-semester sequence in general biology. REQUIRED FOR ALL BIOLOGY MAJORS
BI 205L - Principles of Cell Biology Lab
The Laboratory is comprised of selected exercises designed to reinforce concepts covered in BI 205 including hands on activities which afford students the opportunity to master basic biological principles, skills, and equipment used in experimental inquiry, design, analysis, and reporting. REQUIRED FOR ALL BIOLOGY MAJORS.
BI 325 - Ecology
An introduction to the basic concepts of ecology with emphasis on the complex interrelationships of living organisms with each other and with the non-living environment.
BI 325L - Ecology Lab
The focus is on techniques of physical, chemical, and biological analysis of various ecosystems. The collection, analysis, and interpretation of data are stressed.
BI 335 - Genetics
Although basic mechanisms of Mendelian genetics are reviewed, the focus of this course is molecular genetics. The origin of nucleic acids, DNA replication, RNA transcription, and the process of translation are studied in some detail. Regulation of gene expression and the function of non-structural DNA sequences are also considered. Pre-requisites: Biology fundamental sequence; 2 semesters of College Chemistry; and 3 credits of MAT/MIS. Recommended: MAT 131 College Algebra.
BI 335L - Genetics Lab
An introduction to methods and techniques of investigating genetic principles, including Mendelian inheritance, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Organisms used in the laboratory are representative of those used in research settings. Pre- or co-requisite: BI 335.
BI 400 - Service Learning
One credit minimum of service learning (no tuition charge) is required for graduation with a major in Biology. (See the College Catalog for rules and restrictions applicable for earning service learning credit.) In Biology this can be accomplished in the junior or senior year by several methods:1) Volunteering within the community in some aspect of biology education. 2) Volunteering in a community organization and conducting research which impacts biologically related issues.3) Being a laboratory assistant in an Ursuline College Biology Lab for a semester. Each option has a particular subset of requirements, one of which is Departmental approval. REQUIRED FOR ALL BIOLOGY MAJORS.
BI 430 - Cellular & Biochemical Processess
The fine structure, molecular organization, and function of eukaryotic cells, including their relationship to the environment, are examined. Major topics include the origin of eukaryotic cells; protein structure and function; the transport of substances and signaling mechanisms that occur both within and between intra- and extracellular compartments; energy pathways and constraints; and, when possible, disease states resulting from cell dysfunction will be examined.
BI 430L - Cellular & Biochemical Process Lab
Selected exercises introduce laboratory techniques of cellular biology. Investigations examine cell structure via microscopy and centrifugation, cellular physiology, and protein isolation and expression.
BI 451 - Departmental Seminar
Readings and discussions focus on one or more of the universal biological principles. Biological concepts from previous course work are integrated using an evolutionary perspective. REQUIRED FOR ALL BIOLOGY MAJORS.
CH 105 - Principles of Chemistry I *SC/DC
Atomic theory, molecular structure, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, states of matter, solutions, and applications to daily life, industry, and life processes. Required for science majors. *SC/DC
CH 105L - Prin of Chemistry I Lab *SC/DC
Selected chemistry experiments. *SC/DC
CH 106 - Principles of Chemistry II
Chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Required for science majors.
CH 106L - Principles of Chemistry II Lab
Selected chemistry experiments.
MAT 131 - College Algebra *MA/DC
This course covers fundamentals of algebra, functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions of angles. Fulfills Ursuline Core Curriculum Math requirement. *MA/DC
To minor in Biology, you'll take the following courses:
BI 200/Lab Introductory Biology – Biodiversity, Form, Function and Ecology
BI 205/Lab Introductory Biology – Cells, Genetics, Energy Transfer and Evolution
CH 103/Lab - General Chemistry I or higher
CH 104/Lab - General Chemistry II or higher
MAT 125 - Quantitative Reasoning
12 credits (3-4 courses) above BI 199, at least 4 credits of which must be above BI 313/L