The Biology Program will transform students into biologists with enhanced skills in critical thinking and scientific reasoning. Students will learn in an environment that fosters creativity, independent thinking, and the application of knowledge in the biological sciences. When biology students graduate from Carroll University, they will have the confidence and skills necessary to be successful professionals in a dynamic work force.
The biology major is designed to give students excellent preparation for graduate study or professional careers in the life sciences, including molecular biology, physiology, field biology, research, teaching, dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine. All students have opportunities to develop excellent research skills throughout the core courses and upper-level biology electives, and many students collaborate with biology faculty on their current scholarly research.
As students progress through the biology major, they will strengthen abilities to:1. Learn how to learn.2. Read scientific literature.3. Understand basic biological principles.4. Apply knowledge to new situations.5. Analyze complex issues.6. Synthesize their understanding of diverse concepts.7. Effectively conduct research.8. Effectively communicate scientific information.9. Understand and apply ethical principles.10. Focus their career options.
Students in the Biology program may be considered for graduation with program honors if they complete the following requirements:GPA, Biology courses: 3.6 or higherGPA, Overall: 3.4 or higher
Presentation of research project results at a regional or national meeting (e.g., BBB or a disciplinary society) or submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journalDemonstrated commitment to the biology profession, broadly defined, above and beyond that of the average student. Evidence of such commitment will come from one or more of the following:• Active membership in Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honor Society.• Active membership in a professional/scholarly organization related to biology(e.g., Ecological Society of America, American Society for Microbiology, etc.).• Significant educational activity/outreach (e.g., tutoring, mentoring) at the university or other level.• Consistent and sustained volunteer activity in an organization working on environmental, health, or other issues relevant to biology.• Significant research activity separate from or above and beyond the capstone.• Sustained activity in science-related policy/consulting in communication, journalism, government, public policy, business, industry or education.
The Biology faculty will review these requirements for all graduating seniors in the spring semester of each year.
Specific courses that require use of transportation, equipment or disposable supplies are assigned a course fee.
Four Elective Courses
Including at least one course from each area listed below:
Ecological, Organismal, and Cellular/Molecular. Biology 324, Bioethics, may be counted as a fourth elective course.
The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:
NOTE: EACH MAJOR MAY HAVE SPECIFIC COURSE SEQUENCING REQUIREMENTS.FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, SEE "REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES" WITHIN EACH MAJOR
For more information on General Education Requirement, click here.
For more information on the Distribution Component, click here.
Students must complete four GE1 courses: one from each of the four Distribution Areas outside of their major area of study.Students must take one GE2 course. The GE2 course chosen, must build upon a discipline taken at the GE1 level (e.g. PSY101 (S1) and PSY 221 (S2)).
Fine Arts (F1, F2)
Humanities (H1, H2)
Philosophy/Ethics/Religion (P1, P2)
Social Sciences (S1, S2)
The Cross-Cultural Component is a five-course series through which students explore the study of culture:
Transfer students will register for CCS101 for one credit.
The Cultural Seminar, which is taken in the first semester, begins the exploration of culture through the study of one's own culture and a different culture. This course develops oral communication skills through critical reading and discussion.
The Writing Seminar is taken during the first or second semester, includes cross-cultural readings, and develops foundational writing skills.
The Cross-Cultural Designation course is taken after the Cultural and Writing Seminars. This course satisfies a Distribution requirement, continues development of writing skills, and includes significant cross-cultural themes as preparation for the Cross-Cultural Experience.
The Cross-Cultural Experience course is taken concurrently or after the Cross-Cultural Development course. In an off-campus setting, students apply knowledge learned in the previous three courses through interactions with cultures other than their own. (CCS300 for 2 credits, NCEP courses for 4 credits, or study abroad for 12+ credits)
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In the Global Perspectives Colloquium, advanced students (usually seniors) from multiple disciplines engage in critical reading and discussion. Students reflect on their distribution courses and cross-cultural experiences while also refining their writing skills.
Students preparing for pre-professional programs must complete the requirements in the Biology major as well as some of the following courses as appropriate for the specific professional program.
It is the responsibility of each pre-professional student to compile a list of schools and their admittance requirements related to the courses below.
Pre-professional students should then consult with the appropriate pre-professional advisor to ensure that the requirements will be met prior to graduation.
Students should be prepared to demonstrate mastery of biological concepts on the ETS Praxis II exam, which is required for licensure.
To meet DPI requirements, Biology majors with a secondary education minor must complete the following courses:
One elective course in Biology (see Electives under Biology Major)
Two elective courses in Biology (see Electives under Biology Major above)
The list below displays all the courses offered by the major: