Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in biology offers students the opportunity to focus on the study of life forms and processes. Ashford University biology majors are exposed to different areas of biology and gain experience in both laboratory and field research. A biology major is particularly valuable for students preparing for postgraduate study in medicine, physical therapy and other health related fields. Students are encouraged to consult the admissions requirements of prospective graduate schools when planning their undergraduate program. Requirements may vary somewhat among different schools and programs.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Biology program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper experimental and scientific methodologies including laboratory and safety skills;
  • Demonstrate critical reading, thinking, and communication skills, using language specific to the sciences;
  • Demonstrate a breadth of understanding in the biological sciences for a career in the life sciences;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reading skills in the analysis of data using appropriate technology to their field; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge into a personalized emerging body of scientific knowledge.

Requirements for the Major
Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
General Education Requirements: 49 credits
Major Requirements: 36 credits
Track: 27-36 credits
Biology Electives: 0-8 credits

Major Course Requirements (36 credits)
• *BIO 103 Principles of General Biology I (4 credits)
• BIO 105 General Zoology (4 credits) OR BOT 105 General Botany (4 credits)
• CHE 151 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
• CHE 152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
• PHY 201 College Physics I (4 credits) OR PHY 202 College Physics II (4 credits)
• MAT 227 Pre-Calculus (3 credits)
• MAT 332 Applied Statistics OR an introductory statistics course (3 credits)
• ENG 328 Scientific and Technical Writing (3 credits)
• BIO 301 Science Seminar (3 credits)
• **BIO 498 Senior Thesis/Project I (2 credits)
• **BIO 499 Senior Thesis/Project II (2 credits)

*BIO 103 may be applied to General Education requirements.
**Students must earn a grade of “C-“ or better to fulfill degree requirements.

General Biology Track (29-32 credits):

5 courses with lab (20-22 credits)

3 courses must be 300-level or higher

One course covering the Cellular/Molecular Biology:
• BIO 201 Microbiology (4 credits)
• BIO 340 Cell Biology (4 credits)
• BIO 345 Genetics (4 credits)
• BIO 356 Molecular Biology (4 credits)

One course covering Organismal Biology:
• BIO 202 Human Biology (4 credits)
• BIO 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

One course covering Environmental Biology:
• BIO 300 Environmental Biology (3 credits)
• BIO 318 Ecology (4 credits)
• BIO 360 Evolutionary Biology (3 credits)

Remaining courses should come from BIO/BOT courses at the 200-level or higher; CHE 301, 302, 318; or MAT 351

Cell and Molecular Biology Track (30-34 credits):

Required Courses:
• BIO 340 Cell Biology (4 credits)
• BIO 345 Genetics (4 credits)
• BIO 356 Molecular Biology (4 credits)
• CHE 301 Organic Chemistry I (5 credits)
• CHE 302 Organic Chemistry II (5 credits) OR CHE 318 Biochemistry (3 credits)

Additional required courses (2 of the following courses required):
• BIO 201 Microbiology (4 credits)
• BIO 350 Immunology (3 credits)
• MAT 351 Calculus I (4 credits)
• MAT 352 Calculus II (4 credits)

One additional course from BIO, BOT, or CHE

Pre-Physical Therapy Track (27-30 credits):
Required Courses (15 credits)
• BIO 205 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
• BIO 206 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
• PHY 202 College Physics II (4 credits)
• PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) OR PSY 304 Lifespan Development (3 credits)

Additional required courses (choose 2 of the following courses):
• BIO 345 Genetics (4 credits)
• BIO 350 Immunology (3 credits)
• BIO 353 Cross-Sectional Anatomy (3 credits)

Choose 2 additional courses from upper-level BIO, BOT, CHE, or MAT

Pre-Professional Health Track (33-36 credits):
Required courses (24 credits)
• BIO 205 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
• BIO 206 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
• CHE 301 Organic Chemistry I (5 credits)
• CHE 302 Organic Chemistry II (5 credits) OR CHE 318 Biochemistry (3 credits)
• PHY 202 College Physics II (4 credits)
• MAT 351 Calculus I (4 credits)

Additional required courses (choose 2 of the following courses):
• BIO 201 Microbiology (4 credits)
• BIO 340 Cell Biology (4 credits)
• BIO 345 Genetics (4 credits)
• BIO 350 Immunology (3 credits)
• BIO 353 Cross-Sectional Anatomy (3 credits)
• MAT 352 Calculus II (4 credits)

Choose 1 course from upper-level BIO, BOT, CHE, or MAT

Environmental Biology/Ecology Track (31-34 credits):

Required Courses:
• BIO 300 Environmental Biology (3 credits)
• BIO 360 Evolutionary Biology (3 credits)
• BIO/BOT 210 Field Techniques Laboratory (4 credits)
• BOT 202 Plant Systematics (4 credits)
• BIO/BOT 318 Ecology (4 credits)
• CHE 308 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)

Additional courses (3 courses required):
• Any upper-level BIO, BOT, CHE, or MAT course

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