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2013–2014 Undergraduate Catalog

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Biology 

Biology Minors

 

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 pages for teacher education policy.  

Biology 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)
    • 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.
  • 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.  

Biology, 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.  

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.