School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Biology Major and Minor
Biology majors receive a thorough education in all forms of life, from microbes to plants to animals. Biological research is essential to solving major world problems involving human health, food production, population control and environmental degradation. Graduates are qualified for graduate study and employment in areas such as public health, medical technology, agriculture, physical therapy, biotechnology, toxicology and in many government laboratories. More than half of all science majors pursue independent study research projects on an individual basis with faculty members in the department. These students have the opportunity to present their findings at national meetings.
A bachelor of science degree in biology requires a minimum of 53 credits hours in biology. The first twelve credit hours will ordinarily include:
BIOL 110, 111 Introduction to Biology I & II*
BIWI 221 Genetics*
CHEM 101, 102 General Chemistry I & II
CHEM 201, 202 Organic Chemistry
MATH 247 Calculus I
BIOL 410 Seminar (senior year)
BIOL XXX** Biology Electives (16 credits)
BIOL 4XX*** 400 level Biology elective
* These introductory courses must be taken in order and prior to taking other biology courses.
** Plus five biology electives; at least one from each category–organismal, molecular/cellular and ecology/evolution.
*** At least one of the five biology electives must be a 400 level course.
Students must select at least one course from each of the following categories:
Ecology and Evolution:
BIOL 200/BIOES 200 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 225/BIOES 225 Environmental Science
BIOL 250/BIOES 250 Animal Behavior
BIOL 325/BIOES 325 Ecology
BIOL 406/BIOES 406 Evolution
BIOL 415/BIOES 415 Watershed Ecology
BIOL 298 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 299 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 300 Microbiology
BIOL 304 Embryology
BIOL 335 Pathophysiology
BIOL 400/BIOES 400 Toxicology
Molecular and Cellular Biology:
BIOL 311 Pharmacology
BIOL 314 Virology
BIOL 315 Immunology
BIOL 420 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOL 435 Cancer Biology
BIOCH 405 Biochemistry
Students who minor in biology must complete 20 hours of study in biology, including:
BIOL 110, 111 Introduction to Biology I & II
BIOL 221 Genetics
Two additional laboratory courses (at minimum)
Biology / Nursing Dual Degree Program
Biology students have the option to choose pursue the four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, or to take on a 3/2 dual degree program in biology and nursing. Pursuing the dual-degree program will allow a student to earn undergraduate degrees both from Mount St. Mary’s University and the partnering institution.
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Biology / Osteopathic Medicine Dual Degree Program
Biology students have the option to choose pursue the four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, or to take on a 4/4 dual degree program in osteopathic medicine. Pursuing the dual-degree program will allow a student to earn undergraduate degrees both from Mount St. Mary’s University and the partnering institution.
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Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.