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Biology

BS  Degree                                                                                                                                                                             

Brian Hilker, PhD, Chair, Natural & Behavioral Sciences Division
Fugitte Science Center, Room 313
(270) 384-7347  hilkerb@lindsey.edu

Brian Hilker, PhD, Chair, Natural & Behavioral Sciences Division
Fugitte Science Center, Room 313
(270) 384-7347  hilkerb@lindsey.edu

Melissa P. Clauson, PhD, Biology Program Coordinator
Fugitte Science Center, Room 216
(270) 384-8229 clausonm@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  Michael J. Bosela, PhD; Melissa Clauson, PhD; Tabitha Ellis, MS; Kalvin J. Gregory, PhD; Brian Hilker, PhD; Evan Hurley, PhD; Laura Nissley, PhD; and E. J. Stewart Jr., PhD


Mission Statement

The mission of the Biology program is to provide students with the resources to develop a broad knowledge base in biology and the skills necessary to be successful in attaining their chosen career goals for entry into pre-professional health care fields such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy or for entry into biology graduate programs or entry-level positions in field biology.  In addition to the factual content, students learn the historical basis and the scientific methodology of each major conceptual area of biology.


Graduation Requirements

Depending upon the general education program pursued, students must earn either 120 or 128 credit hours to meet graduation requirements.  Some courses taken for the major may simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor's degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education programs.

Students should note that the major provides only 30 of the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level course work, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level course work to fulfill the required 39 hours.


Entrance Criteria

Acceptance into the Biology program is predicated on the successful completion of freshman biology courses BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C.  These two courses serve as prerequisites for all 2000-level biology courses.


Program Requirements:  59-64 hours

Acceptance into the Biology program is predicated on the successful completion of freshman biology courses BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C.  These two courses serve as prerequisites for all 2000-level biology courses.

A.  Prerequisites:  36-47 hours

  • Introduction to Cellular Biology (BIOL 1204) is a prerequisite for BIOL 2104, BIOL 2204, BIOL 2314, BIOL 3103, BIOL 3204, and BIOL 3304 -- 4 hours
  • Functions & Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for CHEM 1214 unless waiver requirements are met -- 3 hours
  • General Chemistry I with Lab (CHEM 1214) is a prerequisite for CHEM 1224 -- 4 hours
  • General Chemistry II with Lab (CHEM 1224) is a prerequisite for BIOL 3103, BIOL 3204, CHEM 3312, and CHEM 3313 -- 4 hours

B.  Core Requirements:  32 hours

  • Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 1214) -- 4 hours
  • Microbiology (BIOL 2104) -- 4 hours
  • Animal Diversity (BIOL 2204) -- 4 hours
  • Plant Diversity (BIOL 2314) -- 4 hours
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 3103) -- 3 hours
  • Genetics (BIOL 3204) -- 4 hours
  • Ecology (BIOL3304) -- 4 hours                             
  • Theory of Natural Selection (BIOL 3403) -- 3 hours
  • Seminar I (BIOL 3901) -- 1 hour
  • Seminar II (BIOL 4901) -- 1 hour

C.  Supplemental Requirements:  13 hours

  • Organic Chemistry I Lecture (CHEM 3313) -- 3 hours
  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHEM 3312) -- 2 hours

D.  Program Electives (select three courses from the following):  9-12 hours            

  • Pathophysiology (BIOL 3203) -- 3 hours
  • Economic Botany (BIOL 3503) -- 3 hours
  • Animal Behavior (BIOL 3513) -- 3 hours
  • Immunology (BIOL 3703) -- 3 hours
  • Human Genetics (BIOL 4213) -- 3 hours
  • Plant Propagation (BIOL 4214) -- 4 hours
  • Animal Physiology (BIOL 4314) -- 4 hours
  • Molecular Biology (BIOL 4404) -- 4 hours
  • Aquatic Biology (BIOL 4604) -- 4 hours


Exit Assessment


Students must develop and write a novel research proposal on a selected biology topic; the research proposal must be written in an acceptable scientific format. Completion of the ETS Major Field Exam in Biology is also required to exit the Biology Program.


Recommended General Electives

Students interested in pursuing graduate-level work or technical schools in health sciences should add some or all of the following courses: 

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2614) -- 4 hours
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 3624) -- 4 hours
  • Organic Chemistry II Lecture (CHEM 3323) -- 3 hours
  • Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHEM 3322) -- 2 hours
  • Biochemistry (CHEM 4104) -- 4 hours
  • College Physics I (PHYS 2114) -- 4 hours
  • College Physics II (PHYS 2214) -- 4 hours
  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH 2203) -- 3 hours
  • Analytical Geometry & Calculus I (MATH 2315) -- 5 hours

Consult with advisor for an appropriate course selection.


Biology Education 8-12 Program

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology have the option to concurrently complete the emphasis in Secondary Education 8-12 program through the Education division and be eligible for teacher certification.  The program requires 42 hours of course work in Education that includes a semester of student teaching.  Interested students should contact Dr. Linda Young, Secondary Education Coordinator, for Education program advising.


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