Programs

Students interested in applying to professional schools in the medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinarian sciences, or other professional programs should major in Biology with a Specialization in Pre-Professional Studies. Course work includes preparation in biotechnology. In consultation with their advisor and other members of the department, students should plan a program so that the admission requirements for these professional schools and the graduation requirements of St Thomas University are met. This process should begin early in a student career - after completion of the core course requirements of
the Department.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY 120 credits

General Education Requirements 42 credits

HUMANITIES 12 credits
Written Communications 6 credits
ENG 101 Composition
ENG 102 Composition & Literature
English Literature 3 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.

THE NATURAL WORLD & QUANT. REASONING 9 credits
Mathematics/Physical Science
Biology majors should take MAT 232 to complete this requirement.
Natural Science
Biology majors should take BIO 108 with laboratory to complete this requirement.
Physical Science
Biology majors should take PHY 101 to complete this requirement.

SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY 9 credits
Social Science
Majors specializing in Forensic Science should take PSY 201
to complete this requirement.
History
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.
Social Science/History
Majors specializing in Forensic Science should take CRI 101
to complete this requirement.

PHILOSOPHY 6 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.
Biology majors should take PHI 353C to satisfy one of the Philosophy requirements.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.
CATHOLIC IDENTITY 3 credits
Take 3 credits from courses identified as Catholic Identity courses. This course may satisfy other GER or
Major requirements. This course cannot be used to satisfy the Religious Studies requirement.

DIVERSITY 3 credits
Take 3 credits from courses identified as Diversity courses. This course may satisfy other GER or Major requirements.

Major Prerequisites 45 credits
BIO 108, 108L Principles of Biology + laboratory
BIO 109, 109L Principles of Biology II + laboratory
CHE 101, 101L General Chemistry I + laboratory
CHE 102, 102L General Chemistry II + laboratory
CHE 243, 243L Organic Chemistry I + laboratory
CHE 244, 244L Organic Chemistry II + laboratory
CIS 205 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications
or CIS 305 Advanced Microcomputer Applications
or Department approved programming course.
COM 400 Business Communication and Report Writing
MAT 205 Applied Statistics
MAT 232 Calculus I
PHY 101, 101L College Physics I + laboratory
PHY 102, 102L College Physics II + laboratory

Major Requirements 23-24 credits
BIO 325, 325L Microbiology + laboratory
BIO 330, 330L Cell Biology + laboratory
BIO 341, 341L Genetics + laboratory
BIO 345, 345L Physiology + laboratory
BIO 352, 352L Biochemistry + laboratory
Take one 300/400 level Biology or Chemistry course.

Additional Major Requirements or Specialization Options

Non-specialization seeking students must take the following courses (11-12 credits):
BIO 230, 230L Anatomy + laboratory
CHE 321, 321L Quantitative Analysis + laboratory.

Take an additional 300/400 level Biology or Chemistry course.

SPECIALIZATIONS

Biological Research 10 credits
BIO 411 Undergraduate Research I
BIO 411A Undergraduate Research I
CHE 321, 321L Quantitative Analysis + laboratory

Pre-Professional Studies 12 credits
BIO 230, 230L Anatomy + laboratory
BIO 353, 353L Biochemistry II + laboratory
CHE 321, 321L Quantitative Analysis + laboratory

Forensic Science 22-25 credits
BIO 353, 353L Biochemistry II + laboratory
FRS 101 Survey of Forensic Science (1 credit) (optional)
FRS 201 Introduction to Forensic Science
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 470 Psychology of Law
CRI 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Take two additional 300/400 level Forensic Science Courses.

MINOR IN BIOLOGY 20 credits
BIO 108, 108L Principles of Biology I + laboratory
BIO 109, 109L Principles of Biology II + laboratory
BIO 230, 230L Anatomy + laboratory
BIO 325, 325L Microbiology + laboratory
BIO 341, 341L Genetics + laboratory

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY 120 credits
General Education Requirements 42 credits

HUMANITIES 12 credits
Written Communications 6 credits
ENG 101 Composition
ENG 102 Composition & Literature
English Literature 3 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.

THE NATURAL WORLD & QUANT. REASONING 9 credits
Mathematics/Physical Science
Chemistry majors should take MAT 232 to complete this requirement.
Natural Science
Chemistry majors should take BIO 108 with laboratory to complete this requirement.
Physical Science
Chemistry majors should take CHE 101 to complete this requirement.

SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY 9 credits
Social Science
Majors specializing in Forensic Science should take PSY 201
to complete this requirement.
History
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.
Social Science/History
Majors specializing in Forensic Science should take CRI 101
to complete this requirement.

PHILOSOPHY 6 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 6 credits
See the General Education Requirements for the list of courses.

CATHOLIC IDENTITY 3 credits
Take 3 credits from courses identified as Catholic Identity courses. This course may satisfy other GER or Major requirements. This course cannot be used to satisfy the Religious Studies requirement.

DIVERSITY 3 credits
Take 3 credits from courses identified as Diversity courses. This course may satisfy other GER or Major requirements.

Major Prerequisites 37 credits
BIO 108, 108L Principles of Biology + laboratory
BIO 109, 109L Principles of Biology II + laboratory
CHE 101, 101L General Chemistry I + laboratory
CHE 102, 102L General Chemistry II + laboratory
CHE 243, 243L Organic Chemistry I + laboratory
CHE 244, 244L Organic Chemistry II + laboratory
COM 400 Business Communication and Report Writing
MAT 205 Applied Statistics
MAT 232 Calculus I
MAT 233 Calculus II
PHY 101, 101L College Physics I + laboratory
PHY 102, 102L College Physics II + laboratory
Major Requirements 23-27 credits
BIO 352, 352L Biochemistry + laboratory
CHE 321, 321L Quantitative Analysis + laboratory
CHE 355 Basic Physical Chemistry

Take two additional 300/400 level Chemistry courses.
Take two additional 300/400 level Biology or Chemistry courses.

Specialization in Forensic Science 12 credits

BIO 353, 353L Biochemistry II + laboratory
(fulfills 4 elective credits in major requirements)
FRS 101 Survey of Forensic Science (1 credit) (optional)
FRS 201 Introduction to Forensic Science
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 470 Psychology of Law
CRI 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Take two additional 300/400 level Forensic Science Courses.

MINOR IN CHEMISTRY 26 credits
Students in pre-professional programs, including pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary programs, as well as those planning to attend graduate programs in biology, environmental science or pharmacy, would benefit from the Chemistry minor. Both the physical science and biology sections of the MCAT have numerous questions from general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The DAT and GRE also have many questions relating to chemistry. Most biology programs emphasize molecular biology – the chemical /molecular basis of biology – that has led to success in the human genome project and the biotechnology industry, including genetically modified foods.

CHE 101, 101L General Chemistry I + laboratory
CHE 102, 102L General Chemistry II + laboratory
CHE 243, 243L Organic Chemistry I + laboratory
CHE 244, 244L Organic Chemistry II + laboratory
CHE 321, 321L Quantitative Analysis + laboratory
CHE 352, 352L Biochemistry I + laboratory
CHE 355 Basic Physical Chemistry

CHE 100 is available for science majors who have not had a previous course in Chemistry which must be taken at STU.