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Biology Programs & Degrees

 

BIOLOGY MAJOR

Biology majors at Limestone College may select from four academic concentrations appropriate to their interests and career goals and in preparation for additional post-graduate or professional education. These include the Pre-professional, Cell/Molecular, Organismal, and General Biology concentrations.

Core Requirements for all Biology Majors

All Biology majors must complete 20 hours of core requirements to include:

  • BI 101 and 102                      General Biology I and II
  • BI 282                                     Genetics
  • BI 308                                     Molecular Cell Biology
  • BI 459                                     Biology Capstone Course

Additional  Requirements for all Biology Majors

All Biology majors must also complete 19 additional hours of non-core Biology (BI) courses, some of which are satisfied by specified requirements for each concentration.  At least 19 total hours in Biology (core and non-core) must be completed at the 300-400 level. Biology majors must additionally complete 16 hours in Chemistry and/or Physics and 6 hours of Math above MA122, as specified in the concentration elected within the Biology major.

Pre-Professional Concentration

The Pre-professional concentration will prepare graduates for admission into doctoral-level health professions such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.  Required Biology courses for the Pre-Professional concentration include:

  • Biology Core                           BI101, BI102, BI282, BI308, BI459 Capstone
  • BI210/211                                Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • 12 additional hours of BI Electives
  • BI307 and BI/CH 440 are highly recommended electives for majors in the Pre-Professional concentration, although students should consult their advisor and their desired professional program when selecting Biology elective courses.

Required Math/Science courses for the Pre-Professional concentration include:

  • CH110/111 with laboratory                            General Chemistry I and II
  • CH303/304 with laboratory                           Organic Chemistry I and II
  • PH201/202 with laboratory                            General Physics I and II
  • OR PH301/302 with laboratory                     Physics with Calculus I and II
  • MA122 and MA205                                         Pre-calculus and Calculus
  • MA200 Statistics is also highly recommended for pre-professional students.

Cellular and Molecular Biology Concentration

This concentration in Biology will prepare students for careers in academic or industry laboratory settings as well as post-baccalaureate professional and graduate programs. Required Biology courses for the Cellular and Molecular Biology concentration include:

  • Biology Core                           BI101, BI102, BI282, BI308, BI459 Capstone
  • BI307                                      Microbiology
  • BI480                                      Undergraduate Research
  • BI/CH440                               Biochemistry
  • Eight additional hours of BI Electives

Students should consult their advisor and their desired graduate or professional program to determine the selection of their recommended non-core courses.

Required Math/Science courses for the Cellular and Molecular concentration:

  • CH110, CH111, CH303 and CH304
  • PH201, PH202 or PH301, PH302
  • MA205 and MA206 (MA 122 is currently a pre-requisite for MA 205)

It is recommended that majors in this concentration select PH301 and PH302.  MA 200 and MA319 or MA301 is also strongly recommended for those students intending to pursue graduate education.

Organismal Biology Concentration

The Organismal Biology concentration will prepare students for careers with government agencies involved with the ecology and environment as well as post-baccalaureate professional and graduate programs programs in those areas.  Required Biology courses for the Organismal Biology concentration include:

  • Biology Core                           BI101, BI102, BI282, BI308, BI459 Capstone
  • BI202                                      Zoology
  • BI203                                      Botany
  • BI430                                      Ecology
  • Eight additional hours of BI Electives

BI480 (research/field experience) is recommended for majors in the Organismal concentration, although students should consult their advisor and their desired graduate or professional program when selecting Biology elective courses.

Required Math/Science courses for the Organismal concentration include:

  • CH110/111
  • MA122 or MA205
  • MA200 and MA319

Organismal concentration students must also complete an additional 8 hours of physics, 8 hours of chemistry or 4 hours of physics and 4 hours of chemistry from the following courses:

  • PH201/PH202 or PH301/PH302
  • CH303/304
  • BI/CH 440

General Biology Concentration

The General Biology concentration serve students whose career goals or requirements lie outside any of the other concentrations, such as those for certain allied health professions, pre-nursing, and some post-baccalaureate programs.  Required Biology courses for the General Biology concentration include:

  • Biology Core                           BI101, BI102, BI282, BI308, BI459 Capstone
  • Eight hours of BI200 level or above Electives (2 additional courses)
  • Twelve hours of 300-400 level or above BI Electives

Students should consult their advisor and their desired graduate or professional program to determine the selection of their recommended non-core courses.

Required Math/Science courses for the General Biology concentration include:

  • CH110/111
  • MA 200 and either MA122 or MA 205

General Biology students are required to take two additional non-biology science courses (chemistry or physics) and one additional math course OR three additional non-biology laboratory science courses, selected from the following

  • PH201 and PH202, PH301 and PH302
  • CH303 and CH304
  • BI/CH440
  • MA205, MA206 or MA319

BIOLOGY MINOR

Requirements for the Biology minor are successful completion of 19 hours in Biology to include BI101, BI102 and any additional Biology core or elective BI courses at 200 level or above.