Jul 06, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog (August 2022 - July 2023) 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog (August 2022 - July 2023)

Biology (BS)


Biology


The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology requires successful completion of 120 semester hours including (1) the General Education Program ; (2) the Core; (3) the Cognate; (4) the declared Emphasis courses; (5) the Directed Electives courses; and (6) a program of electives or a minor as worked out with the student’s advisor; students are encouraged to pursue elective courses and/or minors that add diversity and breadth to their program of study.

A GPA of 2.00 is required.

Biology Core


31-41 credit hours

Biology (12-16 credit hours)

Chemistry (8 credit hours)

Mathematics (3-9 credit hours)

        (MATH 103/MATH 104/MATH 253 or equivalent proficiency may be required for physics)

Physics (8 credit hours)

Students who have qualified for BIOL 121 credit previously are exempt from taking BIOL 130.

Biomedical Sciences Emphasis


31-35 credit hours

NOTE:

The same course cannot be used in multiple categories for credit. BIOL 326 may be used only once to fulfill major/minor credit. One (1) BIOL 101 or BIOL 102 course may be used as a Directed Elective. 

Students who have qualified for BIOL 121 credit previously are exempt from taking BIOL 130.

Organismal and Field Emphasis


31-37 credit hours

NOTE:

Students are recommended to take BIOL 202: Animals as Organisms, BIOL 301: Plants as Organisms, and BIOL 329: Microbiology. The same course cannot be used in multiple categories for credit.  BIOL 326 may be used only once to fulfill major/minor credit.  One (1) BIOL 101 or BIOL 102 course may be used as a Directed Elective.  Students who have qualified for BIOL 121 credit previously are exempt from taking BIOL 130. 

Pre-Physician’s Assistant/Physical Therapy Emphasis


31-35 credit hours

NOTE:

The same course cannot be used in multiple categories for credit. BIOL 326 may be taken once for credit. One (1) BIOL 101 or 102 course may be used as a Directed Elective.  Students who have qualified for BIOL 121 credit previously are exempt from taking BIOL 130.

3+1 Pre-Professional


In order to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology under this program, the student must complete all of the following requirements:

(1) 90 credit hours completed prior to matriculation to professional school.  A minimum of 36 credit hours must have been earned from Concord University.  Sixteen of the last 32 credit hours of study prior to entering professional school must have been taken in residence.  At least nine credit hours in upper-level courses required for the major must be earned at Concord University.

(2) all General Education Program requirements

(3) all Biology Core classes except Biology Capstone

(4) any two of the six Biology Cognate classes; these courses must be in two different categories (Ecology/Evolution, Animals/Plants, Cell & Molecular/Genetics)

(5) minimum institutional and cumulative GPA of 2.0

(6) successful completion of at least 24 hours of coursework in the first year of professional study.  Students will enroll in BIOL 460 (Professional Practicum) while in the first year of professional study to satisfy this requirement.

(7) completion of 120 hours of total college credit.  Students may use BIOL 460 to count credits earned in the first year of professional school toward this requirement.

The student may request to waive a maximum of 15 credit hours required for completion of the biology degree program (note that this does not include courses specified in the requirements listed above).

Students seeking to earn a degree under this program must apply through a letter of intent submitted to their academic advisor, the Chair of Biology, and the Dean of Science, Mathematics, and Health no later than August 1st of the year in which they will enter their chosen professional program.