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2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Biology 

Biology Minor

 

Policy

  • Students majoring in biology must maintain a biology grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 to continue in and graduate from this program. The biology GPA is based on all grades earned in the required and elective courses taken in biology and required support courses. Any student whose biology GPA falls below 2.25 will be placed on probation for one semester. If the biology GPA is not raised during that semester, the student may not enroll in further biology courses. An earned grade of a D or lower in any biology or support course will not be credited toward the biology major.
  • Directed research must be faculty-approved, but may be conducted at an institution other than Viterbo University with prior approval. Special topics are offered periodically. Credit for these courses may substitute for one or more of the listed courses with faculty approval.
  • See the School of Education Web page for teacher education policy.

Biology Major (Bachelor of Science)

  • Core curriculum and mission seminars (38-52 credits) – see the core curriculum section of this catalog
  • Major requirements (55-70 credits) – BIOL 160, 161, 250, 251, 397, 487 or 498, 499, CHEM 120, 121, 140 or 240, MATH 113 or placement into calculus, 130 or 230, PHYS 250 and 270 or 260 and 270, 15 credits of upper division BIOL including one course from each of the following areas (three courses must include a lab)
    • organismal biology – BIOL 317, 347, 353, 426, 482
    • cell and molecular biology – BIOL 305, 370, 376, 381, 430
    • ecological and evolutionary interactions with the environment – BIOL 310, 321, 340
      Students planning to attend medically related schools may be required to take CHEM 340 and PHYS 251/271 or 261/271.
    • Bachelor of Science requirement –a minimum of 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics
    • Final degree requirements – a minimum of 120 college level credits, minimum of 40 credits at the 300/400 level
    • Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify the required credit total in the core curriculum and major.

Biology, Early Adolescence through Adolescence, Education Major (Bachelor of Science)

  • Core curriculum and mission seminars (38-52 credits) – see the core curriculum section of this catalog
    Education majors are required to take specific core courses to satisfy DPI licensure requirements. Students may take any course fulfilling the core curriculum requirement categories, with the exception of specific courses in the categories following: oral communication – EDUC 255; historical analysis – HIST 101, 102, 106, 111, or 112; scientific reasoning in the natural sciences – ENVS 101 and CHEM 101 or ESCI 103 or PHYS 102; theological inquiry – RLST 160 or 342; integrating faith and practice – RLST 433
  • Major requirements (55-70 credits) – BIOL 160, 161, 250, 251, 397, 487 or 498, 499, CHEM 120, 121, 140 or 240, MATH 113 or placement into calculus, 130 or 230, PHYS 250 and 270 or 260 and 270, 15 credits of upper division BIOL including one course from each of the following areas (three courses must include a lab) and must include BIOL 347, 376, 430
    • organismal biology – BIOL 317, 347, 353, 426, 482
    • cell and molecular biology – BIOL 305, 370, 376, 381, 430
    • ecological and evolutionary interactions with the environment – BIOL 310, 321, 340
  • Education requirements (29-36 credits) – EDUC 150, 215, 255, 306, 316, 327, 330, 390, 459, 482
  • Bachelor of Science requirement –a minimum of 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics
  • Final degree requirements – a minimum of 120 college level credits, minimum of 40 credits at the 300/400 level
    Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify the required credit total in the core curriculum and major.

Viterbo University Degree in Three Program for Biology Majors

This accelerated degree program provides an opportunity for outstanding, highly motivated students to complete their bachelor’s degree in three years rather than the traditional four. This program is available to students who wish to major in biology. It is also possible to obtain a minor in chemistry or Spanish while completing the biology degree in three program.