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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Opportunities for students trained in biology have grown dramatically with increasing demand for those who educated in life sciences. Through training in biology students learn to apply scientific principles, test hypotheses and develop laboratory skills. Critical thinking to evaluate scientific results through statistical analysis, scientific writing and oral presentation are basic skills developed by students who major in biology.

The Department of Physical and Biological Sciences offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology. These degrees provide the background necessary for a variety of careers, as well as entry into graduate and professional schools. A biology or chemistry major is recommended for students seeking entry into medical, veterinary, dental, or nursing schools.

Students who have completed a degree in biology at Columbia College will:
  • Possess basic scientific vocabulary and knowledge.
  • Understand the scientific method and its application.
  • Understand biological principles, models and theories and apply to biological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills, including familiarity with instrumentation and analytic methods commonly used in biological research.
  • Evaluate scientific results through the use of statistical analyses and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate competence in scientific writing and oral presentation and familiarity with the use of scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding ethics in science and everyday life.

Department

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements: 38-41 sem.

  • For a complete list of general education courses click here​. For additional information on general education requirements click here.

  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 sem. hrs
  • ENVS 332 Environmental Ethics or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 332 Environmental Ethics or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 460 Biomedical Ethics or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement: 6 sem.

  • For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here.

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

Core Requirements 32-37 sem. hrs

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
  • BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I 3 hrs
  • BIOL 110L Principles of Biology I Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II 3 hrs
  • BIOL 112L Principles of Biology II Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 290 Principles of Cell Biology 3 hrs
  • BIOL 290L Principles of Cell Biology Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • BIOL 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  • SOCI 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences

    3 hrs

  • BIOL 342 Genetics 3 hrs
  • BIOL 342L Genetics Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 395 Research Design in the Sciences 3 hrs
  • BIOL 490 Senior Seminar

    1 hrs

  • CHEM 109 Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences and 3 hrs
  • CHEM 111L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
  • or
  • CHEM 110 Chemistry 1 and 3 hrs
  • CHEM 111L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience and 2 hrs
  • CHEM 112 Chemistry II and 3 hrs
  • CHEM 112L Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs

Biology Electives 21 sem. hrs

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Twenty-one semester hours of courses with a BIOL prefix and above the 110-level. Nine of these hours must be in upper-level courses. A maximum of three of these hours may be obtained from internships.

Electives 12-20 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours 120 hrs

  • Culminating Experience: All students must complete BIOL 490 - Senior Seminar 1 hour with a grade of C or higher.

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