Catalog • 2011-2012

Biology - Major/Minor

For information, contact Dr. Richard Kliman

Program Description

The biology major is offered within a challenging, comprehensive liberal arts education, with state-of-the art laboratories and facilities and a very active program of undergraduate research. The same is true for all other majors within the department of biological sciences: biodiversity and conservation biology, genetic engineering, neuroscience, nuclear medicine technology and biology/secondary education, as well as the department’s minor in biology. The department also provides pre-professional education for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other allied health fields. All coursework and laboratories emphasize the development of skills in reading, questioning, analyzing, and evaluating assumptions along with development in technical writing and oral presentations. In terms of research, all first-year students actively participate in a professor’s ongoing research program, as do all interested seniors. Highly motivated students commonly participate in research during their sophomore and junior years at Cedar Crest College. Graduates with biology majors go on to advanced study, to professional programs, and to research positions in universities and pharmaceutical firms. Biologists work in agriculture and medical professions, in schools, hospitals, clinics, the government and zoos, and as naturalists, science writers, medical illustrators, and forensic scientists.

Program Mission Statement

Within the broader mission of the Department of Biological Sciences, the mission of the Biology major is to promote an understanding of the structure and function of, and the interrelationships among, biological systems. To accomplish this mission, students study biological systems at all structural levels of the biological hierarchy: molecules and cells; organisms; and populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Total number of credits required by program: 64 credits

Program Requirements for the Biology Major (B.S.), Integrated Biology Major (B.A.), and Biology Minor

For the most recent and complete and departmental policies, refer to the Biological Sciences website. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 and a minimum average in the major of 2.000 is required for the major and minor in Biology. A grade of C- or better is needed for all courses that fulfill the departmental requirements. Courses transferred in for all majors must be taken less than ten years ago. Students may not declare multiple majors in any combination of: Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Genetic Engineering, or Neuroscience. Students majoring in the Biological Sciences may not minor in Biology. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in prerequisite courses before proceeding to subsequent courses.

Biology Major (B.S.)

Course Requirements

BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
(Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 121 and/or 122 required to take the BIO 121 and 122 Labs.)
BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics 4 credits
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits

Students who have previously taken BIO 222, 231, or 234 should consult their advisors or the department website to determine the courses needed to complete the major.

BIO 350 Junior Colloquium 2 credits
BIO 355 Science, Ethics, and Society 2 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II or CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry 4 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II or BIO 248 Biostatistics** 3 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits

Electives 16 credits

Any 200- or 300-level BIO courses (aside from the Core), with the exception of BIO 243 and BIO 354. CHE 307, CHE 308, and CHE 348 may be applied. A student may apply up to 2 credits of BIO 353. At least one course must be a 4-credit lecture/lab course (i.e., with the lab explicitly associated with the lecture). BIO 248 can be applied to either the math or elective requirement, but not to both.

*The B.A. Biology major requires only two electives, both of which must be 4-credit lab courses, as described above. PHY 101 and 102 are not required for the B.A. in Biology.

Integrated Biology Major (B.A.)

Course Requirements

Core
BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
(Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 121 and/or 122 are required to take the BIO 121 and 122 Labs.)
BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics 4 credits *
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits *

*Students who have previously taken BIO 222, 231, or 234 should consult their advisors or the department website to determine the courses needed to complete the major.

BIO 350 Junior Colloquium 2 credits
BIO 355 Science, Ethics, and Society 2 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
MAT 140 Pre-Calculus or above 3 credits**
**Math course appropriate for the student’s career plans, to be chosen with advisor approval

Electives
Any three 200- or 300-level BIO or NEU courses (aside from the Core), with the exception of BIO 243 and BIO 354. CHE 307 or CHE 348 may be applied (but not both). A student may apply up to 2 credits of BIO 353. At least one course must be a 4-credit lecture/lab course (i.e., with the lab explicitly associated with the lecture).

Integration Across the Disciplines

The Integrated Biology major offers the student the opportunity to make connections with other disciplines across the College. Students may choose 12 credits from one discipline outside the Biological Sciences, or may self-design a program across multiple disciplines with advisor approval.

Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors to choose courses appropriate for their future plans.

Transfer students must complete at least the following at Cedar Crest College:

BIO 350 Junior Colloquium 2 credits
BIO 355 Science, Ethics and Society 2 credits
Two four-credit upper level biology electives 8 credits

Additional course requirements for the Thesis Option:

All students, particularly those who are interested in attending graduate school or obtaining a research-based job following graduation, are highly encouraged to participate in independent research, which may culminate in a thesis. The thesis option begins during the student’s junior year as part of Junior Colloquium (BIO 350). As part of their capstone project, all students who select a major from the Department of Biological Sciences are required to develop a research proposal to investigate an original research question. This experience allows the students to go beyond the basic course information, select a problem that interests them, and apply what they have learned in their coursework to a novel situation. As part of the thesis option, students will spend a minimum of two semesters working with a faculty member to conduct the research outlined in their proposal. They will then develop a written thesis detailing their project and present their final project to the department in the form of a seminar talk or poster. The title of a student’s thesis will appear on her transcript if she completes two semesters (4 credits) of Independent Research (BIO 353) and one semester (1 credit) of Senior Thesis and Presentation (BIO 354) with grades of C- or better.

Additional or specified requirements for the Biology/Secondary Education Co-major:

Any student who meets the College admission requirements for biology and education will be accepted into the program. In order to be admitted to the professional term, the student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.000. A cumulative GPA of 3.000 is required for certification. In addition, the student must fulfill all requirements of the education and biology programs.

  1. BIO 307 (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology) must be taken as one of the four electives required for the Biology major.
  2. GSC 103 [Earth Science III: Astronomy] or GSC 104 [Earth Science IV: Historical Geology] is required for the co-major.

Fulfillment of the LAC Requirements

Students fulfill Technology, Oral Presentation, and Information Literacy requirement through successful completion of the following required courses: BIO122, BIO235, BIO236, BIO350, and BIO355. Students also fulfill the Natural Science requirement by completing BIO 121 and BIO 122, and the Mathematics and Logic requirement by completing the mathematics requirement of the major.

Biology Minor

Course Requirements

BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
(Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 121 and/or 122 are required to take the BIO 121 and 122 Labs.)
BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics 4 credits
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits

Students who have previously taken BIO 231 or 234 should consult their advisors or the department web page to determine the courses needed to complete the minor.

BIO Elective upper level BIO courses 4 credits
(CHE 307, 308 and 348 are allowable electives)
For transfer students planning to minor in Biology, 12 of these credits must be from Cedar Crest College.