Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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Description

The Department of Biology offers degree programs which prepare its graduates for a wide variety of careers. While many graduates become physicians or dentists, others employ their knowledge of biology as physician assistants, research scientists or educators. Their competency leads to important contributions to society based on a program which includes personal instruction by scholars in their field, strong laboratory resources and experiences, and broad coverage of the various areas of biology.

Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology
(126 credit hours)


To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, students must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours in applicable course work in biology. The following are the minimal specific course requirements:

General Biology Sequence (10 credits)
A grade of "C" or better for each course in this sequence is a prerequisite to all other biology courses in the department for biology majors.

BIO 1200 General Biology I 3 cr.
BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory I 2 cr.
BIO 1220 General Biology II 3 cr.
BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory II 2 cr.
Form and Function (3 credits)
Chose one of the following courses:
BIO 2600 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (must be taken with lab BIO 2610 ) 3 cr.
BIO 4510 Plant Form and Function 3 cr.
BIO 4630 Physiology (BIO 2600/2600 is a prerequisite) 3 cr.

Biological Systems (3 credits)
Chose one of the following courses:

BIO 4200 Evolution 3 cr.
BIO 4480 Ecology 3 cr.
Cell Biology and Genetics (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses:
BIO 2700 Genetics 3 cr.
BIO 4210 Microbiology 3 cr.
BIO 4740 Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO 2700 is a prerequisite) 3 cr.
Additional Requirements for all Biology Majors (17+ credits)
BIO 2900 Biostatistics 3 cr.
BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues 3 cr.
Three additional BIO Labs (beyond BIO 1210 & 1230) 6 cr.
Biology Electives*
(additional courses from BIO 2600-4999 to reach min. of 39 BIO credits)
5+ cr.


*After completing the general Biology sequence, additional Biology electvies (in BIO 2600 - BIO 4999) may be chosen from the following:

  • Any of the above-listed courses in which the student has a special interest, or which are recommended by professional schools.
  • Examples of additional biology electives: Histology, Embryology, Immunology, Animal Behavior, Human Anatomy, Human Genetics, Public Health Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Laboratory Research Basics (required for BIO 4920). With special permission, juniors and seniors may elect directed studies courses. 

Biology majors must also complete the University core curriculum requirements and the following science and mathematics courses:

Required Science and Mathematics (27-28 credits)

MTH 1400
or
MTH 1410

Elementary Functions

Calculus 1

3 cr.

4 cr. 

CHM 1070 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
CHM 1080 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 1120 Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr.
CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
CHM 2260 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr.
CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
PHY 1300 General Physics I 3 cr.
PHY 1310 General Physics Lab I 1 cr.
PHY 1320 General Physics II 3 cr.
PHY 1330 General Physics Lab II 1 cr.

* Students are encouraged to take a higher level mathematics course if inclined.
These chemistry and physics courses, or their equivalent or higher courses, are required by professional schools of medicine and dentistry.

Note that chemistry courses (including labs) require a "C" or better to move on to the next course in the sequence.


Not all professional schools of medicine or dentistry recommend specific additional biology courses. Those that do, suggest courses such as comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, or genetics.

Other Requirements

  • Three biology laboratory courses, in addition to the General Biology Laboratories (BIO 1210 and BIO 1230), are required in the major.
  • Pre-dental track students should take Microbiology (BIO 4210), Introduction to Psychology, Sociology, and two semesters of Biochemistry.
  • Pre-physician assistant track students should take BIO 2040, BIO 2600/2610, BIO 2700, BIO 2900, BIO 4210/4220, BIO 4630, CHM 4700, ETH 3580, HSA 3010, HSA 4610, HUS 4410, PSY 1000, and PSY 2500.
  • Five-year BS/PA and seven-year BS/DDS students satisfy major requirements specified for their particular programs.

Core Curriculum

Objective 1: Communication Skills
ENL 1310 Academic Writing 3 cr.
CST 1010 Speech 3 cr.
Objective 2: Mathematical and Computer Skills
2A Mathematics (included in Required Math & Science above) 3 cr. or 4 cr.
2B Computer skills
(must have OB 2A attribute)
3 cr.
Objective 3: Scientific Literacy
Satisfied with courses required by the program
Objective 4: Meaning and Value
PHL 1000 Intro to Philosophy 3 cr.
RELS Religious Studies (Select one OB4B course) 3 cr.
RELS/PHL Religious Studies or Philosophy (Select one OB4C course) 3 cr.
Objective 5: Diverse Human Experience
5A/5B/5C Specific History/English/Art course
(must have this OB 5A, 5B or 5C attribute)
3 cr.
5A/5B/5C A Second History/English/Art course
(must have this OB 5A, 5B or 5C attribute)
3 cr.
5D Comparative Experiences course
(must have OB 5D attribute)
3 cr.
Objective 6: Social Responsibility
ETH 3580 
or
PHL 2010
Ethics
(must have OB 6A attribute)
3 cr.
BIO 4990 Included in major 3 cr.

Optional Concentration - Applied Genetics

The applied genetics concentration, associated with the BS Biology, is designed to equip students with a broad landscape of the applications of genetics in biology and medicine. As indicated below, the courses within the concentration demonstrate the continuously expanding applications of genetics into other fields of biology and medicine. Students completing this concentration will have a foundational understanding of the manner in which genetics is no longer a stand-alone discipline but touches on many areas of active research. Through laboratory and lecture courses in this concentration students will be exposed to different sub-disciplines in genetics including classical genetics, human genetics, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics.

The concentration is a minimum of 13 credits.

BIO 2710 Genetics Laboratory 2 cr.

BIO 3400
or
BIO 3750

Cancer Biology

Human Genetics
3 cr.
BIO 4200 Evolution 3 cr.
BIO 4740 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
BIO 4750 Cellular and Molecular Biology Lab 2 cr.

Contact Dr. Kagey, kageyja@udmercy..edu, for more information. 

Optional Concentration - Neuroscience

The Neuroscience concentration focuses on the scientific investigation of behavior, neurological and mental processes as well as provides students with basic scientific skills training. A concentration in neuroscience will offer students an opportunity to learn about theory and research on the brain and nervous system from a number of perspectives. Students will come to understand how developments in biology, psychology, chemistry and related fields alter knowledge and research techniques in the other fields. This cross-disciplinary concentration is not housed within a single department but, rather, is directed and taught primarily by faculty in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Psychology. 

The concentration is a minimum of 12 credit hours, a minimum of 3 credit hours in PYC, and 6 credit hours from 3000+ level or higher.

Choose 1 of the following
BIO 3800
or
PYC 4070
Principles of Neurophysiology

Advanced Psychobiology
3 cr.

3 cr.


Choose 1 of the following

BIO 2840
or
BIO 3800
or
CHM 4740
or
CHM 4600

Animal Behavior

Principles of Neurophysiology

Recent Advances in Biochemistry

Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.


Choose 2 of the following (at least one course must be PYC)

PYC 2010
or
PYC 4070
or
PYC 4090
or 
BIO 2840
or
BIO 3800
or
CHM 4600
or
CHM 4740
or
PYC 2010
or
PYC 2020
or
PYC 4070
or
PYC 4080
or
PYC 4090
or
PYC 4100

Research Methods I

Advanced Psychobiology

Perceptual and Cognitive Processes

Animal Behavior

Principles of Neurophysiology

Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Recent Advances in Biochemistry

Research Methods I

Research Methods II

Advanced Psychobiology

Advanced Psychobiology Laboratory

Perceptual and Cognitive Processes

Perceptual and Cognitive Process Laboratory

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.


Total Credits: 12 credits
6 credits must be 3000 level or higher
At least one PYC course must be chosen.

 

Program Contact Information

Program Chair: Dr. Stephanie Conant
Life Sciences 101
Telephone: (313) 993-1180
Fax: (313) 993-1187
Email: conantsb@udmercy.edu
Website


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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