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  Biology Major  
 

While working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Avila, all majors will:

1. Biology majors will acquire a foundation of scientific knowledge that includes the historical development of biological thought, cell theory, biogenesis, homeostasis, gene theory, and ecology.  Evolution is stressed throughout the curriculum.

2. Biology majors will learn biology by doing biology. Students will acquire a basic set of laboratory skills.  Also, throughout the curriculum, students will be given opportunities to perform independent research projects.  Majors will learn to access and critique the primary literature, identify problems, design and implement appropriate procedures using technological tools, work independently or collaboratively, evaluate alternative solutions, and present the results of their work while properly using the language of the discipline.

3. Biology majors will be able to explain the limitations of science and properly place biology among the sciences.  Majors will ultimately be able to apply scientific thought processes to broader intellectual and social issues.

 

THE BIOLOGY MAJOR

1. The candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology must complete all general degree requirements as stated in the university catalog.  The core curriculum levels and lists of courses that meet those requirements are described in the Academics portion of this site.

2.  Students must complete all Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science courses with a minimum grade of "C."

3. Upper division students are also required to take Real World Biology (BI 391), Biology Literature Research

(BI 492) or Biology Laboratory Research (BI 493) or do an Internship (BI 495), and Colloquium and Seminar (BI 499). Eligible students may receive Honors by taking BI 493, for at least two semesters (earning up to 6 credit hours), and BI 499 Some eligible students may wish to take BI 495 (Biology Internship) instead of BI 493. Students in BI 498 must present a poster in an open exhibition at the close of the semester.

4. Because of the close relationship of biology to the physical sciences and mathematics, biology majors must also complete the following courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics:

  A. General Chemistry I and II (CH 131 and 137)

  B. Organic Chemistry I (CH 216)

  C. General Physics I (PH 231)

  D. At a minimum College Algebra (MA 120). Eligible students may forego MA 120 and take Calculus I  (MA 210).

THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EMPHASIS

Biology majors with an Environmental Science Emphasis must complete all of the requirements listed above. In addition, these students must take BI 115 (Introduction to Environmental Science); include in the 16 hours of biology electives the following courses: BI 360 (General Ecology), BI 361 (General Ecology laboratory), BI 363 (Conservation Biology), and one additional course in organismal or field biology; GG 101 (World Geography); and NS 221 (Physical Geology). Students are strongly encouraged to pursue opportunities to engage in field biology in semester abroad or summer research programs.

Biology courses and descriptions are listed in the Avila University Catalog

SAMPLE FOUR-YEAR CURRICULA

Below is a sample four-year curriculum for prospective biology majors.

 Bachelor of Science in Biology

Sample Four-Year Curriculum

First-year student beginning in an odd academic year

      

First Year
       
Fall (14 semester hours) SH   Spring (17 semester hours) SH
FS 101 First-Year Seminar 1   CH 131 General Chemistry I 4
EN 111 Composition I 3   BI 112 Ecology and Evolution[2] 4
CO 110 Fundamentals of Communication 3   CS 110 Understanding Computers 3
Math [1] 3   Philosophy or Religious Studies (Level II) [3] 3
BI 111 Cells and Genes[2] 4   History (Level II) [4] 3
         

Sophomore Year

       
Fall (17 semester hours) SH   Spring (17 semester hours) SH
Philosophy or Religious Studies 3   Social Institutions (Level II) [7] 3
Art, Theatre, or Music [5] 3   CH 137 General Chemistry II 4
CH 216 Organic Chemistry I 5   BI 313 Plant Form and Function 3
Self and Society (Level II) [6] 3   Literature (Level II) [8] 3
Biology Elective 3   Biology Elective 4
         

Junior Year

       
Fall (18 semester hours) SH   Spring (15 semester hours) SH
PH 231 General Physics I 5   BI 311 Animal Form, Function, and Development 3
Philosophy or Religious Studies 3   BI 318 Genetics 3
Level III 3   Level III 3
BI 391 Real World Biology 1   Minor or Elective 3
Biology Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Biology Elective 3      
         

Senior Year

       
Fall (16 semester hours) SH   Spring (14-16 semester hours) SH
BI 492, 493, or 495 Research/Internship 1   BI 499 Colloquium and Seminar 2–3
Biology Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective
3
  Minor or Elective 1–3
 

[1] MA 120 College Algebra or MA 241 Calculus

[2] Fulfills core requirement for Natural Science

[3] PL 111 Introduction to Philosophy, PL 113 Critical Reasoning, PL 221 Philos. of Relig., PL 255 Ethics, RS 111 Introduction to Religious Studies, RS 113 Introduction to the New Testament, RS 117 World Religions, RS 215 Introduction to the Old Testament, RS 225 Catholicism, RS 227 The Historical Jesus, RS 233 American Religious History, RS 251 Islam, RS 252 Judaism

[4] HI 111 World History I, HI 112 World History II, HI 121 The American Experience I, HI 122 The American Experience II

[5] AR 110 Introduction to Art, AR 181 Survey of Art I, AR 183 Survey of Art II, MU 110 Music Appreciation, MU 221 Women in Music, TR 110 Theatre Appreciation, TR 223 History and Literature of Theatre

[6] AN 122 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, CO/PY 212 Conflict Resolution, CO/PS  225 Mass Media and Society, PY 101 General Psychology, PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations, PY/WS 312 Psychology of Women, SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

[7] BU 230 Personal Financial Management, BU 305 Legal Aspects of Business I, EC 195 Survey of Economics, EC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics, PS 120 American National Government, SO 101 Introduction to Sociology, SW 205 Social Problems/Social Change

[8] EN 265 Literature and Culture, EN 271 African-American Literature, EN/WS 275 Women and Literature, EN 278 Global Migrations in Literature

Revised 08/2010

Sample Four-Year Curriculum

First-year student beginning in an even academic year

 

First Year
       
Fall (14 semester hours) SH   Spring (17 semester hours) SH
FS 101 First-Year Seminar 1   CH 131 General Chemistry I 4
EN 111 Composition I 3   BI 112 Ecology and Evolution[2] 4
CO 110 Fundamentals of Communication 3   CS 110 Understanding Computers 3
Math [1] 3   Philosophy or Religious Studies (Level II) [3] 3
BI 111 Cells and Genes[2] 4   History (Level II) [4] 3
         

Sophomore Year

       
Fall (17 semester hours) SH   Spring (16 semester hours) SH
Philosophy or Religious Studies 3   Social Institutions (Level II) [7] 3
Art, Theatre, or Music [5] 3   CH 137 General Chemistry II 4
CH 216 Organic Chemistry I 5   BI 318 Genetics 3
Self and Society (Level II) [6] 3   Literature (Level II) [8] 3
Biology Elective 3   BI 311 Animal Form, Function, and Development 3
         

Junior Year

       
Fall (18 semester hours) SH   Spring (16 semester hours) SH
PH 231 General Physics I 5   Biology Elective 4
Philosophy or Religious Studies 3   BI 313 Plant Form and Function 3
Level III 3   Level III 3
BI 391 Real World Biology 1   Minor or Elective 3
Biology Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Biology Elective 3      
         

Senior Year

       
Fall (16 semester hours) SH   Spring (14–16 semester hours) SH
BI 492, 493, or 495 Research/Internship 1   BI 499 Colloquium and Seminar 2–3
Biology Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective 3   Minor or Elective 3
Minor or Elective
3
  Minor or Elective 1–3
 

 

[1] MA 120 College Algebra or MA 241 Calculus

[2] Fulfills core requirement for Natural Science

[3] PL 111 Introduction to Philosophy, PL 113 Critical Reasoning, PL 221 Phil. of Relig., PL 255 Ethics, RS 111 Introduction to Religious Studies, RS 113 Introduction to the New Testament, RS 117 World Religions, RS 215 Introduction to the Old Testament, RS 225 Catholicism, RS 227 The Historical Jesus, RS 233 American Religious History, RS 251 Islam, RS 252 Judaism

[4] HI 111 World History I, HI 112 World History II, HI 121 The American Experience I, HI 122 The American Experience II

[5] AR 110 Introduction to Art, AR 181 Survey of Art I, AR 183 Survey of Art II, MU 110 Music Appreciation, MU 221 Women in Music, TR 110 Theatre Appreciation, TR 223 History and Literature of Theatre

[6] AN 122 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, CO/PY 212 Conflict Resolution, CO/PS  225 Mass Media and Society, PY 101 General Psychology, PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations, PY/WS 312 Psychology of Women, SO 101 Introduction to Sociology

[7] BU 230 Personal Financial Management, BU 305 Legal Aspects of Business I, EC 195 Survey of Economics, EC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics, PS 120 American National Government, SO 101 Introduction to Sociology, SW 205 Social Problems/Social Change

[8] EN 265 Literature and Culture, EN 271 African-American Literature, EN/WS 275 Women and Literature, EN 278 Global Migrations in Literature

Revised 08/2010

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