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The B.S. in Biology prepares students for a number of science-based careers. The program includes biological, chemical, and physical science courses as well as advanced life sciences coursework and research. Students also have the option of a pre-med concentration designed to prepare them for admission to medical school after graduation.

Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including medical research, conservation, public health, and veterinary medicine. Jobs include biologist, forensic biologist, veterinarian, doctor, dentist, and nurse.

Contact Information

Paul Badger, Ph.D.
Interim Department Head & Coordinator, Lab Safety
badger@rmu.edu
412-397-4032 phone

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • BIOL1310 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL1315 Principles of Biology Lab
  • CHEM1210 Chemistry I
  • CHEM1215 Chemistry I Lab
  • COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies
  • INFS1020 Intro Decision Support Systems
  • MATH1020 Pre-Calculus

Freshman Year, Spring

  • BIOL2310 Principles of Biology II 3
  • BIOL2315 Principles of Biology II Lab 1
  • CHEM2210 Chemistry II 3
  • CHEM2215 Chemistry II Lab 1
  • COSK1221 Argument & Research 3
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics 3
  • MATH2070 Calculus W/Analytic Geom I

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CHEM2320 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM2325 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • BIOL2470 Botany
  • BIOL2480 Botany Laboratory
  • COSK2220 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CHEM2420 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM2425 Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL2570 Zoology
  • BIOL2580 Zoology Laboratory
  • COSK2230 Bus Professional Communication
  • PHYS1210 General Physics I
  • PHYS1215 General Physics Lab

Junior Year, Fall

  • ENVS2500 Ecology Fundamentals
  • ENVS2550 Ecology Fundamentals Lab
  • PHYS2210 General Physics II
  • PHYS2215 General Physics II Lab
  • BIOL2370 Microbiology 3
  • BIOL2380 Microbiology Laboratory
  • OPEN Elective

Junior Year, Spring

  • BIOL3370 Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOL3375 Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective
  • ELIT2055 World Literature
  • HIST1700 World Civilization
  • OPEN Elective

Senior Year, Fall

  • BIOL2670 Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy
  • BIOL2680 Comp Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
  • BIOL3470 Human Genetics
  • BIOL3475 Human Genetics Laboratory
  • OPEN Elective
  • STAT2110 Statistics

Senior Year, Spring

  • BIOLXXXX Biology Elective
  • BIOLXXXX Biology Elective
  • BIOL4700 Senior Thesis/Internship
  • IOL2770 Comparative Vertebrae Phys
  • BIOL2780 Comparative Vertebrae Phys Lab
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Advanced Physiology
Animal Behavior
Major Credits
70
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Core Credits
41
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
9

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