Biology

Biologists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. Careers in biology are diverse and include human and animal medicine, research, conservation, teaching, journalism, and more. The Biology program at Becker College provides students with a wide range of immersion in all aspects of human and animal biology, as well as special topics addressing emerging issues in the field. Students who are majoring in biology will study the fundamental principles of biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, cell biology, biostatistics, developmental biology, genetics, and more. Students are able to complete internships off campus. Students in the Biology program will also design and conduct individual research projects, preparing them for careers in which they can apply their knowledge, or to apply to graduate school for further study.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Students develop the scientific critical thinking skills necessary to assess the appropriateness of experimental design and the significance of relevant data, as well as the cognitive skills necessary for the gathering of data and interpretation of results.
  • Students develop the oral and written communication skills required for the purpose of conveying scientific information to both scientists and non-scientists.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to consider biological information when forming decisions regarding ethical, social, and environmental issues.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyze scientific data to determine the degree to which they support a testable hypothesis.

Biology


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Chemistry I CHEM1001 4
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
College Algebra OR Pre-Calculus and Functions MATH1200 OR MATH2001 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Chemistry II CHEM1002 4
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3

Credits Total: 28

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Genetics BIOL3500 3
Organic Chemistry I CHEM2100 4
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Pre-Calculus and Functions OR Calculus I MATH2001 OR MATH2202 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biostatistics BIOL3200 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective 3
Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab Elective 4

Credits Total: 32

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biological Chemistry OR Biochemistry BIOL3003 OR CHEM 3003 3
Physics I PHYS2001 4
Behavior and Social Science Elective Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab Elective 4

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Cell Biology BIOL3001 3
Research Methods in Science BIOL4001 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Science Elective 3000+ Elective 3

Credits Total: 29

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology Seminar BIOL4500 3
Internship BIOL4901 3
Ethics PHIL3001 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab (2000+) Elective 4

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Internship II OR Science Elective 3000+ BIOL4902 OR Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Science Elective with Lab (2000+) Elective 4

Credits Total: 32

Biology Electives


Course NameNumberCredits
Science Elective for Biology with Lab
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals I BIOL1005 4
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals II BIOL1006 4
Biological Science for Society BIOL1101 4
MIcorbiology BIOL2502 4
Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL2503 4
Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL2504 4
Developmental Biology BIOL3100 4
Biotechniques BIOL4200 3
Organic Chemistry II CHEM2101 4
Environmental Science I ENVS1001 4
Environmental Science II ENVS1002 4
Introduction to Forensics FORE 2001 4
Collection/ Preservation of Evidence FORE2002 4
Physics II PHYS2002 4
Science Elective for Biology
Animals in Society ANSC3100 3
Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management ANSC3503 3
Developmental Biology BIOL3100 4
Biostatistics BIOL3200 3
Primatology BIOL3201 3
Genomics BIOL3520 3
Biotechniques BIOL4200 3
Internship II BIOL4902 3
Equine Biomechanics and Conformation EQST3701 3
Equine Pathology and Diseases EQST4201 3
Nutrition EXSC3105 3
Exercise Physiology EXSC3300 4
Human Sexuality EXSC3500 3
One Health: People, Animals, Plants, and the Environment VTSC3100 3
Immunology VTSC3400 3
Pathophysiology of Disease VTSC3401 3
Laboratory Animal Disease VTSC4102 3