Biology Department Course Offerings

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View Biology Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

Major 36 hours to include:

Selected Courses (total of 5 course, minimum of 1 from each area):

The department of biology at Belhaven University seeks to encourage students to develop an appreciation for the created world, to make an impact academically, and to use their knowledge in service to society. Students are expected to develop a broad background in biological science as preparation for teaching, graduate school, and the health-related professions, government, and industry.

The department offers a major in the Biological Sciences and three additional concentrations in 1) Cellular and Molecular Sciences; 2) Ecological Sciences; and 3) Human Physiology.

The core requirements for the major (18 hours) include:

  1. BIO 105-106, 107-108
  2. BIO 369 or 370, BIO 342
  3. BIO 400, 401


Biological Sciences Major:
32-34 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework:
Four advanced courses 200 level or above (not including BIO 230, 231 265)

Biological Sciences Major Concentrations:
Cellular and Molecular Sciences: 37-38 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework:
BIO 369 and 370, 333 or 410, 336 or 371, and two of the following, BIO 320, CHE 371 or 372. 23-24

Ecological Sciences: 38 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework:
BIO 211, 310, 350, 336 or 371, 382

Human Physiology: 37-38 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework (BIO 230 does not count for majors credit, but is a prerequisite for SME 380. SME 380 and 420 count for majors credit in Biology in this concentration):
BIO 320; 336 or 371 or 410; 333; SME 380 and 420 (SME 380 requires BIO 230 and 320 as prerequisites) (BIO 231 and 265 recommended)

In addition to the core requirements, a biology major must take CHE 111-112, 113-114 and CHE 211; and a statistics course; either BUS 305, PSY 303, or MAT 305. Recommended for students majoring in Biology: PHY 241-242, 243-244; and CHE 212. Biology majors are required to take one semester of non-majors science: either BIO 125 or PHY 125. Students who enter having taken algebra and with an ACT 25 in the sciences may take BIO 105-106, 107-108 concurrently with CHE 111-112, 113-114.

In order to obtain a degree in Biology (or a minor in biology) from Belhaven University, a student must take a minimum of 16 hours in Biology from Belhaven University. In order to declare a major in Biology, a student must have completed eight hours in Biology at Belhaven University. For recommendations for professional, graduate school or jobs, see instructions given under "Pre-Professional Programs." Within the Biology major, anatomy and physiology will count only as elective credit.

All rising juniors must take the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Biology. The test should be taken after completion of a minimum of 12 hours in biology at a time during the spring semester to be selected by the department chairman. The test will be used to aid in the advising and course selection process of the student. This test must be retaken during the senior topics course as part of the course grade.

Students will be required to have completed one semester of internship or research or mentoring to gain real-world experience. This may or may not involve course credit and may be fulfilled a number of ways; i.e. Health Careers Development Program; undergraduate research; internships at Voice of Calvary or Museum of Natural Science; Summer research programs; research at UMMC. Students may work with the chairman beginning as early as the end of their freshman year.

Biology Minor: 22 hours to include BIO 105-106; 107-108; 400; 401; and any three upper-level courses in biology.

Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Minor (Alternate Minor): This minor is designed to provide the prerequisite courses for any student who will complete a degree in any major and who would like to have the option to enter the "Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program" at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The required courses (17 hours) are as follows: BIO 230, 231, 265, PSY 240, 241, 303.

Honors Program:The Biology Department offers opportunities to enroll in honors courses from its department. The following are general education, elective, and major courses that may be taken as honors courses: BIO 105-106, 320, 336, 342, 370, 371, 382 and 411-412. For students majoring in this department, a student must pass a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors programs of other departments. The student must take BIO 411-412 during the junior or senior year. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 21 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see "Honors Program" under the "Administration of the Curriculum" section of the catalogue. Upon enrolling in the university honors program, the honors student must meet with the Department Chairman to determine a plan to complete the honors requirements for biology. For specific honors courses, the designation must be made during the registration.

Pre-Professional Programs: The Biology Department advises students for a number of programs in the health-related professions: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. These programs and the pre-requisite requirements are listed in the current catalogue at: Pre-Professional Requirements.

Course Offerings

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*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.