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Biology 2016-2017 Sample Paradigm for BS in Biology

This sample paradigm shows a normal 4 year progression towards a degree in biology. Some of the courses should be taken in this order due to prerequisite structures, others may be switched. This sample paradigm applies to all biology majors including students seeking to enter health-related professional schools and other graduate programs.
This sample paradigm shows a normal 4 year progression towards a degree in biology. Some of the courses should be taken in this order due to prerequisite structures, others may be switched. This sample paradigm applies to all biology majors including students seeking to enter health-related professional schools and other graduate programs.

Freshman Year Semester I credits
BIOL 111 & 111L Principles of Biology I & Lab 4
CHEM 113 & 113L Principles of Chemistry I & Lab 4
ENG 111 English Composition I 3
MATH1,2 3
CBU 101 0
Total  14
Freshman Year Semester II  credits
BIOL 112 & 112L Principles of Biology II & Lab 4
CHEM 114 & 114L Principles of Chemistry II & Lab 4
ENG 112 English Comp II 3
MATH 131 Calculus I 3
Religilous Studies (200 level) Elective 3
Total 17
 
Sophomore Year Semester I credits
Biology Elective & Lab3 4
CHEM 211 & 211L Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
PHYS 201 & 201L Introduction to Physics I & Lab 4
Literature Elective 3
Total 15
 
Sophomore Year Semester II credits
Biology Elective & Lab 4
CHEM 212 & 212L Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
PHYS 202 & 202L Introduction to Physics II & Lab 4
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Total  15
 
Junior Year Semester I  credits
 BIOL 311 & 311L Genetics & Lab                             4
 Chemistry & Lab4  4
 Social Science GER  3
 Biology Elective  3
 Religious Studies (300 level)  3
 Total  17
 
Junior Year Semester II credits
BIOL 362 Biology Seminar                                      1
Biology Elective & Lab 4
Biology Elective & Lab 4
MATH 201 Applied Statistics
or BIOL 340 Experimental Design & Stat. Anal.
3
Moral Values GER 3
Total 15

SUMMER: BIOL 463 Research I5......................................1

Senior Year Semester I                                         credits
BIOL 464 Research II5 2
Biology Elective & Lab 4
Biology Elective & Lab 4
BIOL 499 Senior Comprehensive 0
Elective 3
Total 13
 
Senior Year Semester II                                        credits
BIOL 465 Research III5 2
Biology Elective & Lab
Social Science GER 3
Elective  6
Total  15

Total credits required for the degree 122.

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses is required for graduation. Transfer students must take at least 20 hours of biology at or above the 300 level at Christian Brothers University.

BIOLOGY ELECTIVES (Students should choose at least one course from each group)
Group I: BIOL 211 Embryology, 218 Anatomy & Physiology II, 236 Nutrition, BIOL 312 Human Physiology, 414 Histology, 451 Neuroscience.
Group II: BIOL 212 Comparative Anatomy, 216 Botany, 303 Algae, Fungi and Lichens, 335 Invertebrate Zoology, 369 Herpetology, 413 Parasitology.
Group III: BIOL 346 Evolution, 381 Animal Behavior, 412 Ecology, 430 Biology of Zoo Animals.
Group IV: BIOL 321 Microbiology, 367 Pharmacology, 370 Toxicology, 415 Immunology, 421 Cell Biology.

  1. Students must take either MATH 107 & MATH 110 or MATH 117 if they do not place into MATH 131, and/or CHEM 101 if they do not place into CHEM 113.
  2. Minimum of 16 hours of free electives; no more than 6 hours can be in Biology unless the minimum exceeds 122 hours; ENG 100, MATH 103, ALG 115, and ALG 120 do not apply toward the free electives requirement
  3. Minimum of 30 hours of biology electives at or above the 200 level must include at least one course from each of the four groups listed above; minimum of 20 hours of biology electives must be at or above the 300 level.
  4. Recommended: CHEM 315 Biochemistry or CHEM 214 Quantitative Analysis; any chemistry course with a lab at the 200 level or above will satisfy the requirement.
  5. Substitute BIOL 461-466 only with permission of the Chair or Course Director. Students who take BIOL 461 and 466 Independent Research will have to make up one credit in biology in order to complete the 122 hours required minimum for graduation.