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  Sep 20, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Biology, B.S.


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The biology curriculum includes courses that present current concepts of the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels of biological organization. Basic biological principles are presented through the study of animals, plants, and microorganisms. Laboratory sessions provide experience in careful observation, controlled experimentation, and thoughtful analysis of scientific data. The biology program provides preparation for further study at the graduate level or in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, or optometry), as well as preparation for a teaching career or other specialized employment.

Requirements for the Biology Major


Core Curriculum Requirements:


48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken, including

Major Requirements:


36 credit hours, as follows

17 hours of biology electives must include


Note(s):


  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the 36 hours of biology courses.
  • Up to 4 hours of independent study (either BIOL 290  or BIOL 495 ) may be used in this elective requirement.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S. Biology


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 160 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 161 - General Biology I Lab
  • CHEM 160 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CORE 100 1st Year Seminar or Theology 111
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric
  • CORE 101 GOA  

Total (14)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 162 - General Biology II
  • BIOL 163 - General Biology II Lab
  • CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 163 - General Chemistry II Lab
  • CORE 100 1st Year Seminar or Theology 111
  • CORE 102 - GOA
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy

Total (14)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives Elective
  • Second Language I
  • Social Science Elective ***
  • CHEM 240 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 241 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • MATH 140/150 - Elements of Calculus I  
  • Social Science Elective***

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • BIOL Elective (3-4)   
  • CHEM 242 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 243 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Second Language II
  • Theological Perspectives Elective
  • Historical Perspectives

Total (16-17)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • BIOL Elective * (3-5)
  • BIOL 410 - Human Physiology
  • BIOL 411 - Human Physiology Lab
  • PHYS 160 - College Physics I ***
  • PHYS 161 - Introductory Physics Lab I
  • MATH 156 - General Statistics

Total (15-17)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 230 - Genetics
  • BIOL 231 - Genetics Laboratory
  • PHYS 162 - College Physics II ***
  • PHYS 163 - Introductory Physics Lab II
  • Creative Perspectives Elective
  • General Elective

Total (14)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 497 - Experimental Biology Lab or BIOL 498 - Methods of Biol Research I
  • BIOL Elective * (6)     
  • ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination
  • Diversity Curriculum Requirement **
  • General Electives 

Total (16 - 17)  

Second Semester


  • BIOL 496 - Senior Capstone Seminar or BIOL 499 - Methods of Biol Research II
  • BIOL Electives * (5)
  • E/RS Focus Elective**
  • Humanities Elective
  • General Elective

Total (15-16)

Scheduling Notes:


  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
  • FRESHMAN YEAR: ALTERNATIVE COURSES:  CAN TAKE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES, CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES OR HUMANITIES ELECTIVE INSTEAD OF PHIL 100.
  • * In addition to the other biology elective distribution requirements, Botany 210/211, Entomology 270/271, or General      Microbiology 450/451 must be taken for the degree.     
  • ** DCR  & E/RS may double count with other core courses. Use “Attribute Type” when searching for   courses.
  • *** For medical school/MCAT requirements, take PHYS 160 - 163 in the sophomore year and Biology electives in the junior year, including BIOL/CHEM 440 in the fall of the junior year, BIOL 354/355 in the spring of junior year. PSYC 101 and SOCI 101 must be taken before the MCAT.
  • All students must elect one each of oral communications, quantitative reasoning and writing-intensive flagged courses; many of these are available within the core or major.
  • A cumulative average of 2.0 is required in the major courses for graduation.     
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree.            

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