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Requirements for the Major

Biology and Supporting Courses:

BIO 201 Cell Biology and Genetics
BIO 202 Organismal Biology
BIO 206 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
BIO 601 Capstone I
BIO 602 Capstone II

*Note BIO 206 must be completed by the end of the second year.

And one of the following Cell Biology and Genetics courses:

BIO 301 Microbiology
BIO 302 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 303 Molecular Genetics and Heredity
BIO 304 Developmental Biology

And one of the following Evolution, Form and Function courses:

BIO 334 Physiology
BIO 335 Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 337 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 338 Evolution

And one of the following Biodiversity and Ecology courses:

BIO 360 Ecology
BIO 361 Biodiversity and Conservation

And 12 semester hours of elective biology courses that must be numbered 300 or above (See Course Descriptions)

*Note Excluding BIO 590 Field Experience/Internship, and limited to no more than four semester hours of BIO 620 Independent Study and eight semester hours of BIO 660-690 Honors Research.

Plus, the following required supporting courses:

CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry
CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I
PHY 141 or 151 Foundations or Principles of Physics I

And 12 semester hours from the following supporting courses (must be from at least two different disciplines):

CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 230 Chemical Analysis
CHE 231 Environmental Analysis
CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 381 Biochemistry Principles
CS 151 Principles of Computer Science I
MTH 131 Applied Calculus or MTH 150 Calculus I
MTH 152 Calculus II
PHY 142 or 152 Foundations or Principles of Physics II

What would a typical schedule look like for a Biology major at Westminster College?

First Year (Fall)
First Year (Spring)
Cell Biology and Genetics (BIO 201) SD IP
Principles of Chemistry (CHE 117)
Inquiry (INQ 101)
Speech or Writing (SPE 111 or WRI 111)
Westminster 101 (WST 101)
Organismal Biology and Ecology (BIO 202)
Calculus I (MTH 150) QR IP
Speech or Writing (SPE 111 or WRI 111)
Elective _________(--- ----) FL IP

Sophomore Year (Fall)
Sophomore Year (Spring)
Biostatistics (BIO 206)
Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO 302)
Organic Chemistry I (CHE 261)
Elective __________ (--- ---) VP IP
Microbiology (BIO 301)
Organic Chemistry II (CHE 262)
Elective ________(--- ---) HC IP
Elective ________(--- ---) RP IP

Junior Year (Fall)
Junior Year (Spring)
Physiology (BIO 334)
Foundations of Physics I (PHY 141)
Biochemistry (CHE 381)
Elective ______ (--- ---) ST IP
Biology Capstone I (BIO 601)
Ecology (BIO 360)
Foundations of Physics II (PHY 142)
Elective ________ (--- ---)

Senior Year (Fall)
Senior Year (Spring)
Biology Capstone II (BIO 602)
Biology Elective (BIO ---)
Elective __________ (--- ---) Cluster
Elective __________ (--- ---) Cluster
Biology Elective (BIO ---)
Major Elective (--- ---)
Elective____________(--- ---)
Elective____________(--- ---)


What can you do with a Biology degree?

Imagine yourself a physician, surgeon, genetic counselor, conservation biologist, academic biologist, marine biologist, forensic scientist, physical therapist, veterinarian, ecologist, scientist or biotechnologist.