Biological Science, B.S.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences is to provide an academically stimulating and challenging environment for intellectual and spiritual growth, preparing students to pursue careers in scientific research, industry, academia, and health care.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The major offers two different concentrations. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science offers a concentration in General Biology and one in Premed/Pre-Health Care Professional.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the scientific method in research (ULO 3).
  2. Explain the biomolecular basis of life at the cellular level (ULO 1).
  3. Describe and classify the diversity of organismal form, structure and function, and the relationship of the organisms to one another and the environment (ULO 1).
  4. Integrate faith and scientific knowledge to practice science with integrity, steward creation, and articulate the merit of their worldview (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Recommendations

Recommended high school courses are: one year of biology, one year of chemistry, three years of mathematics, and two years of foreign language. One year of physics is desirable. The student should be aware that Advanced Placement (AP) science courses may not be used to fulfill science requirements for this degree.

Graduate/Professional School Requirements

The student should be aware that most graduate programs and many professional schools require an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and that a grade of "C" or better was earned for all science courses and they will not accept Advanced Placement science credit to fulfill the entrance requirements.

Curriculum Requirements

Concentrations

General Biology (70+ Credits)

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
All Biological Science majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement for science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or the first 4 credits in college.
PHIL 215 is strongly recommended for all biological science majors.
Program Courses
A minimum of 43 credits from the Department of Biological Sciences, including:
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 200Sophomore Writing Seminar1
BIOS 222Botany4
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 322Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology2
BIOS 332Genetics4
BIOS 401General Ecology4
BIOS 450Directed Research1
or BIOS 470 Seminar in Advanced Biology
Select one of the following:4
Physiology
Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Advanced Physiology
Vertebrate Physiology
Select a minimum of 12 credits of upper-division biological sciences electives12
The following minimum of 27 credits of supporting sciences from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are also required including:
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 312Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II1
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
Select one of the following:3-4
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Biostatistics
Total Credits70-71

Secondary Education Minor

For those interested in teaching Biology at the high school level, this concentration provides coursework that, combined with successfully passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), leads to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biology. The  Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. See a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor. Candidates who take the following 18 credits qualify for a Secondary Education Minor:

LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
Select 1 credit of approved electives1
Total Credits18

Please refer to the Education section of the catalog or meet with a credential analyst in the School of Education for program requirements.

Premed/Pre-Health Care Professional (70+ Credits)

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
All Biological Science majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement for science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or the first 4 credits in college.
PHIL 215 is strongly recommended for all biological science majors
Program Courses
Select 43 credits from the Department of Biological Sciences, including:
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 200Sophomore Writing Seminar1
BIOS 312Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 322Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology2
BIOS 332Genetics4
BIOS 401General Ecology4
BIOS 450Directed Research1
or BIOS 470 Seminar in Advanced Biology
Select one of the following:4
Physiology
Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology
Advanced Physiology
Vertebrate Physiology
Select a minimum of 16 credits of Biological Science electives 116
The following minimum of 27 credits of supporting sciences from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are also required, including:
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 311Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I1
CHEM 312Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II1
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
Select one of the following:3-4
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Biostatistics
Total Credits70-71
1

 12 credits must be upper-division.