(Minor Required) B.S. Degree

The Biology curriculum is designed to introduce students to the major areas of the biological sciences and to enable them to gain competence in using the concepts and investigative methods appropriate to each.  Students may select a course of study suited to their particular interests with emphases in botany, zoology, cellular biology, or physiology.  Students may pursue independent study and research in areas ranging from biotechnology to field research, may assist professors in their investigations, and may serve as laboratory and teaching assistants in the courses.  Biology students receive preparation that enables them to enter a variety of professional careers or to continue their studies in graduate and professional schools.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

  • BIO 101, 201/301/254, 202/306, 305, and 330

Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

  • CHM 101 or 103 and CHM 105 or 301    8
  • MTH 111 or higher    6
  • Additional Chemistry Degree Specific Requirement    6-8

Required Courses (27 hours)

  • BIO 101 General Biology    4
  • BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology or 301 Invertebrate Zoology or 254 Human Anatomy    4
  • BIO 202 Introduction to Plant Science or 306 Nonvascular Plants and Fungi    4
  • ESC 211 Fundamentals of Ecology    4
  • BIO 305 Genetics    4
  • NSM 307 Junior Seminar    2
  • BIO 330 Cell Biology    4
  • NSM 497, 498 Senior Seminar    4

Major Electives    8
8 Hours from other Biology or approved Life Sciences courses (must be at the 300-400 level)

Total Hours Required in Major    38
(minor required)

Biology Secondary Education Endorsement
Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Biology (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education.  This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – Student Teaching.  Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See page XX)

Biology majors seeking a secondary teacher endorsement must take the following courses:

  • PHY 203, 204 Fundamentals of Physics or PHY 201, 202 General Physics    8
  • CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry    8
  • BIO 303 Microbiology    5
  • BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology    4
  • BIO 254 Human Anatomy    4
  • MTH 206, 208 Course in Statistics    3