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2016-2017 Academic Catalogue 
2016-2017 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.A.

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The B.A. degree in biology is designed to give the student a solid background in the biological and natural sciences while maintaining the flexibility for the student to pursue coursework in areas of interest or pursue a second major or multiple minors.  The required courses (introductory sequences and genetics) provide the fundamental background in biology to move into the upper-level courses.  The four, Core Areas allow flexibility in selecting courses while providing a breadth of background. The Core Areas emphasize ecological or biological diversity concepts, anatomy, organismal functioning, and cellular functioning.  The additional 10 hours of biology course work allow a student to focus on one or several of these core areas.  Students pursuing a B.A. degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language through the 200-level.  Students wishing to have a study abroad experience may find that the B.A. degree program offers the flexibility to incorporate that learning experience into their degree program.

B.A. Curriculum

Common Core Course Requirements

All B.A. biology majors are required to complete the following courses:

Core Area Pairings

In addition to these courses, a B.A. major must select one course from each of the following core area pairings:

Organismal Biology
Cellular/Molecular Biology


Additional Hours

Additional hours (10) must be selected from any area within the biology curriculum except for research hours to total a minimum of 43 hours in biology. In addition to the biology courses, B.A. majors must complete Quantitative Analysis I and II (MA 125  and MA 126 ) and show proficiency in a foreign language through the 200 level. Cadets in the B.A. major must complete either two semesters of organic chemistry with lab (CH 223  and CH 229 CH 224  and CH 230 ) or general physics I and II (PY 120  and PY 115 PY 121  and PY 116 ). To broaden the education, six credits of any English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies (ERH) courses above the 100 level are required. Additionally, 12 non-science elective (LA) credits must be completed in either English, rhetoric, and humanistic studies (ERH), history, economics, business, psychology, political science, or modern languages. The remainder (9) of the 136 hours required for graduation can be taken from any department on Post.

Additional Core Curriculum Requirements

All B.S. and B.A. biology majors are also required to satisfy four additional Core Curriculum requirements:

  1. Two writing intensive courses must be taken with one in the biology major.
  2. Two Civilizations and Cultures courses (6 credits).

Synopsis of the B.A. Curriculum in Biology

Fourth (Freshman) Class

Total Semester Hrs: 16.5

Total Semester Hrs: 16.5

Third (Sophomore) Class

Second (Junior) Class

First (Senior) Class

Total Semester Hrs: 18.5

Total Semester Hrs: 17-18

Total Hours: minimum 136

# Cadets who complete Organic Chemistry I & II and labs (9 credits) may reduce the free elective requirement by one hour.
* Minimum Grade of C Required.
Proficiency through 200 level language is required.

Academic Concentrations in Biology

These concentrations offer an opportunity for cadets to focus their interests in various fields of biology and to develop intellectual pursuits with their professors as mentors in undergraduate research. If cadets wish to pursue an area of specialty, they are strongly encouraged to select one of the concentrations listed below no later than fall pre-registration during their third class year. A student successfully completing a concentration will earn a B.S. or B.A. degree with recognition of the concentration on the final transcript.

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