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Biology Degree Requirements

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Required courses and the number of semester hours for either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Biology are listed below. Click on a course number to read the course description.

 
B.A.
B.S.
Computer Science
3
3
  COSC 1301
Developing A Christian Mind
3
3
  DCM 2301
English
12
9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and/or 2302
Fine Arts
3
3
  FINE 1306
Foreign Language
6-14*
0
  *Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence
0-1
0-1
  FOUN 1101 is required of all first year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours).
History
6
6
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology
0-2
0-2
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics
3-4
3-4
 

(B.A.) MATH 1301 or 1303 or 1307 or 1405
(B.S.) MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405

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Religion
6-12
6-12
  RELI 1301, 1302, and six additional semester hours depending on semester hours transferred at time of initial enrollment.
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
6
6
  POLS 2301 required for all students.  An additional 3 credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
Biology Major
44
44
 

Minimum of 36 semester hours in biology including:

BIOL 1001/1002/2001/2002/3001/3002/4001/4002  Science Boot Camp: Development of Biology Scholars
BIOL 1405Modern Concepts in Biology I

BIOL 1406Modern Concepts in Biology II
BIOL 2405Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2406Human Anatomy and Physiology II (S-L)
BIOL 3404Genetics (S-L)

In addition, the following courses are required:
CHEM 1401General Chemistry
CHEM 1402General Chemistry

The student must take an additional 16 hours of biology of which 12 hours must be upper level biology electives.

Electives
16-34
33-43
  Sufficient to complete 126-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours.    
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED
126
126
 

 

Recommended courses for students planning to do graduate work in biology:
BIOL 3401Biochemistry
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3403Organic Chemistry
MATH 1405Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
PHYS 1401General Physics I
PHYS 1402General Physics II

Recommended courses for pre-medical and pre-dental students majoring in biology:
BIOL 1401Principles of Biology
BIOL 2302Medical Terminology for Health Professions
BIOL 2405Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
BIOL 2406Human Anatomy and Physiology II (S-L)
BIOL 3403Vertebrate Embryology
BIOL 3404Genetics (S-L)
BIOL 3406Pathophysiology
BIOL 3409Microbiology
BIOL 4401Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 4403Histology


Pre-medical students must also take:
CHEM 3401Biochemistry
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3403Organic Chemistry
MATH 1405Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
PHYS 1401General Physics I
PHYS 1402General Physics II

Pre-dental students must also take:

CHEM 3401Biochemistry
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3403Organic Chemistry
PHYS 1401General Physics I
PHYS 1402General Physics II


Students seeking teacher certification in biology should take:
BIOL 1405Modern Concepts in Biology I

BIOL 1406  Modern Concepts in Biology II
BIOL 2405Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2406Human Anatomy and Physiology II (S-L)
BIOL 3402Ecology
BIOL 3404Genetics (S-L)
BIOL 3407General Botany
BIOL 3408General Zoology

 

Minor in Biology

The student must take 24 hours of biology including BIOL 1401, 2405, 2406, and 3404 (S-L) . The other two 4-credit-hour courses are upper level electives. The student must take CHEM 1401 and 1402 to complete 8 semester hours of chemistry.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 

 

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