The Biology major and minor programs assist students in developing an understanding and knowledge of the unifying theories of biology and their interrelationships, while engaging in the process of scientific inquiry and developing important science process skills. We journey with you in providing opportunities to achieve your career interests, whether they be graduate education, teaching or the workplace. Depending on your career goals, select your Biology major with an emphasis on either a health-related profession or on one that is environmentally related.
To be accepted into a Biology major or minor program at Holy Family College, a student must achieve a GPA of 2.5 in science courses taken at Holy Family College. The status of traditional students will be reviewed at the completion of the first year of classes or when at least three science courses have been completed. Transfer students entering Holy Family College with a GPA less than 2.5 in science courses already taken will be put on probationary status for the first year, followed by an assessment of progress. Students holding a bachelor’s degree in science transferring to Holy Family College for teacher certification must take at least one course in biology at Holy Family College. More courses may be required if previous science courses were taken more than 10 years ago.
The Biology major will be asked to do a self-assessment of the Biology Program taken at this half-way point. For each of the program goals, the student will indicate to what extent he or she has accomplished them by referring to courses or activities and provide examples of progress toward goals.
All Biology majors are required to develop an academic plan in collaboration with their adviser by the end of their sophomore year. Students are required to complete a minor. Biology majors have a choice of the following minors:
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|Biology Major||36 credits|
|BIO 104 General Biology||4|
|BIO 290 Scientific Literacy, Technology & Research||3|
|BIO 490 Student Research||2|
|*BIO459 must be taken as part of the biology electives||2-8|
Suggested elective courses for Biology majors interested in specific career directions:
|BIO 203 Plant Biology||4|
|BIO 271 Environmental Science||3|
|BIO 300 General Ecology||4|
|BIO 306 Invertebrate Biology||4|
|BIO 405 Advanced Ecology||4|
Human Health Courses
|BIO 204 General Microbiology||4|
|BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology||5|
|BIO 201 Human Heredity
or BIO 301 Genetics
|BIO 406 Immunology||2|
Required support courses: General Chemistry I (CHM 101) General Chemistry II, (CHM 102) and Probability and Statistics (MTH 271).
|Biology Minor||24 credits|
|BIO 104 General Biology||4|
|Choose two courses from each:||20|
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