- 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
- See the School of Education Web pages
for teacher education policy.
Major (Bachelor of Science)
- core curriculum and mission seminars – see
the core curriculum section of this catalog
- major requirements – BIOL
160, 161, 250, 251, 397, 498, 499, CHEM 120 and 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)
biology – BIOL 317, 347, 353, 426, 482
and molecular biology – BIOL 305, 370, 376, 381, 430
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.
- School of Letters and Sciences graduation
requirement and final degree requirements – see the degree
requirements section of this catalog for specific requirements of this major, the
Bachelor of Science degree, as well as final graduation requirements
The total credits of the
major requirements are 52-62. The core curriculum and mission seminars require
38-52 credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be at the 300/400
level, are required to graduate. Transfer course, waivers and/or substitutions,
and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.
Early Adolescence through Adolescence, Education Major (Bachelor of Science)
- Students intending to teach biology at
the middle/secondary level must complete all of the above requirements for the
biology major (Bachelor of Science) and the below education requirements.
Education majors are required to take specific core curriculum courses to
satisfy DPI licensure requirements. The biology credits must include BIOL 347,
376 and 430.
- Education Requirements – EDUC
150, 215, 255, 306, 316, 327, 330, 390, 459, 482
The total credits of the
major and education requirements are 83-100. The core curriculum and mission
seminars require 38-52 credits. A total of 128 credits, 43 of which need to be
at the 300/400 level, are required to graduate. Transfer course, waivers and/or
substitutions, and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.
University Degree in Three Program for Biology Majors
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.