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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

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Biology is no longer one discipline. Nor is it divided between plants and animals as it was a century ago. The main divisions are now between the approaches taken to study life as well as the scope of the endeavor: everything from the interactions of photons and pigments in the organelles of microbes, to unraveling how genes play out in immune system function, to the international loss of species diversity, to the impending massive changes climate will unleash upon the biota of the planet. This major can be personally designed to meet your needs depending on your interests.

Graduates of the program have gone on to positions in the Northeast Audubon Center, UConn Medical Center, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Miles Inc., Clean Harbors Inc., and Yale University. Graduate study is required for positions in most health fields, business, research, and environmental studies. Many prestigious graduate programs, including University of Colorado, Wesleyan University, Dartmouth, Yale, Brandeis, Northeastern, and the University of Connecticut have admitted University of Saint Joseph science graduates.

Program Outcomes

The student will:

  • Demonstrate a command of key biological terms and concepts
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve fundamental biological problems
  • Be able to critique logical arguments in Biology
  • Be able to apply quantitative reasoning to biological questions

Continuation requirements: Students must earn a grade of C or better in each Biology course and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better in all required science courses for the major.

Degree Requirements: (30 credits in Biology courses). Due to the variability of course credits, a student may need more than 30 credits to satisfy all requirements.

Required Courses (30 credits)

Required Supporting Coursework (30-32 credits)

Two semesters of General Chemistry
Two semesters of Advanced Chemistry (such as organic, biochemistry)
Two semesters of Physical Science (such as physics, earth science, hydrology)
Two semesters of Math (such as precalculus, calculus, statistics, modeling)

The exact courses will be determined by the student’s career interest.

Comprehensive Assessment

The Comprehensive Assessment is administered during the senior year.

Biology Portfolio

Three papers are submitted electronically from coursework in Biology from

 , Biology capstone and Senior Project.


  • During senior year, students with a 3.0 GPA may be able to take graduate-level courses
  • Biology majors seeking teaching licensure should speak to the teacher licensure officer about specific course selection requirements
  • Any courses not passed with a C can be repeated only once

Suggested Plan of Study

Sophomore Year

  • 4 Credits
  • MATH 1XX - Math elective 4 credits
  • MATH 1XX - Math elective 4 credits
  • PHYS 1XX - Physical Science elective 4 credits
  • PHYS 1XX - Physical Science elective 4 credits

Junior Year

  • 1 Credits
  • BIOL 3XX/4XX - Biology elective (300 level or higher) 4 credits
  • BIOL 3XX/4XX - Biology elective (300 level or higher) 4 credits
  • CHEM 2XX - Advanced Chemistry 4 credits
  • CHEM 2XX - Advanced Chemistry 4 credits

Specialized Career Requirements

Students who would like to follow a specific career path should consider these additional courses:

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