Biology

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science

Overview

For decades, the Biology Program at Columbia College has been a leader in educating young women in the sciences with a strong liberal arts foundation. The biology major is one of the most popular majors at the college and our students have successfully gained admission into graduate school, medical school, veterinary school, dental school and a variety of other pre-professional programs. Our graduates are scientists, doctors, teachers and health-care providers.

All biology majors engage in a rigorous curriculum that challenges students and encourages critical thinking and problem solving.  Virtually all biology courses include laboratory meetings which are the natural venue for this type of learning.  These meetings are facilitated by the same instructional faculty who deliver the lectures, enhancing opportunities for scholarly inquiry and mentoring relationships.

In addition to lab work, biology majors are required to enroll in a science seminar course, which provides further opportunity to explore career trajectories and scientific practices. Advanced biology students are encouraged to engage in credit-bearing independent studies and internships so as to develop deeper insight into professional activities such as experimental design and scientific communication.  These unique student experiences, and the culture of inquiry and scholarly thinking that they engender are primary factors in making biology one of the most successful academic programs at Columbia College.

Highlights

  • Biology students can take advantage of advising tracks for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician’s assistant, pre-physical therapy and a variety of other pre-professional programs.
  • Biology faculty have active research programs whereby undergraduate students apply for grants, conduct independent, mentored research, and present their findings at state and regional meetings.
  • The Biology Program also offers a biology minor. The requirements are as follows: 20 s.h. to include Bio 110, Bio 225, and 12 more semester hours of Biology courses numbered 200 or higher (excluding internships or independent studies).

B.A. in Biology

Major Courses (21 semester hours):

  • BIO 101 Science Seminar (1 s.h.)
  • BIO 110 Foundations of Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 225 Biodiversity (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 240 Ecology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 350 Molecular Cell Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 381 Genetics (4 s.h.)

Elective Major Courses (16 semester hours selected from):

  • BIO 226 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 265 Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 321 Parasitology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 340 Marine Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 390 Conservation Biology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 413 Histology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 432 Advanced Biochemsitry (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 450 Immunology (4 s.h.)

You may also choose to complete an internship, research experience or independent study (or combination of each) for up to 4 s.h. of elective credit. Internships and/or research experiences are strongly encouraged.

Specified Electives (8 semester hours):

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)

B.S. in Biology

Major Courses (22 semester hours):

  • BIO 101 Science Seminar (1 s.h.)
  • BIO 110 Foundations of Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 201 Science Seminar (1 s.h.)
  • BIO 225 Biodiversity (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 240 Ecology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 350 Molecular Cell Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 381 Genetics (4 s.h.)

Elective Major Courses (20 semester hours selected from):

  • BIO 226 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 265 Microbiology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 321 Parasitology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 340 Marine Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 390 Conservation Biology (3 s.h.)
  • BIO 413 Histology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 432 Advanced Biochemsitry (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 450 Immunology (4 s.h.)

You may also choose to complete an internship, research experience or independent study (or combination of each) for up to 4 s.h. of elective credit. Internships and/or research experiences are strongly encouraged.

Specified Electives (24 semester hours):

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics I (4 s.h.)
  • PHYS 222 General Physics II (4 s.h.)

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science