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Biology

Biology

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 111, 201/301/254, 202/306, 305, or 330

Required Liberal Arts Core Courses
 
   CHM 103 and 104 8
   MTH 111, MTH 112, or MTH 211 6

Degree Specific Requirements

   PHY 201 or PHY 203 4
   CHM 301 4


 Required Courses (40-41 hours)

   BIO 111 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 OR BIO 311 Field Botany 4
   BIO 230 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 3
   ESC 203 Fundamentals of Ecology 4
   ESC 205, 206, 207, 208, 302, or 321 (choose 1) 3-4
   BIO 305 Genetics 4
   BIO 330 Cell Biology OR BIO 303 Microbiology OR CHM315 Biochemistry 4
   NSM 307 Junior Seminar 2
   NSM 497, 498 Senior Seminar 4
   MTH 208 or ESC215 3-4


Major Electives (16 hours from other BIO or approved Life Science courses, 12 must be at the 300-400 level):

   ASI 316 Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology 4
   ASI 414 Domestic Animal Reproduction 4
   CHM 315 Biochemistry 4
   ESC 302 Conservation Biology 3
   ESC 321 Aquatic Ecology 4
   ESC 405 Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management 5
   HHP 340 Kinesiology 3
   HHP 355 Physiology of Exercise 3
   HOR 415 Plant Diseases 4
   PSY 333 Biological Psychology 3

  
Total Hours Required in Major    56 - 57


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 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See Teacher Education minor)

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