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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY - BIODIVERSITY EMPHASIS

REQUIREMENTS-- 53 semester hours as follows:

Required Core Biology Courses: (17 hours)

  • BIOL 133       Introduction to Population Biology
  • BIOL 113       Introduction to Population Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 134       Introduction to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 114       Introduction to Cellular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 246       Biodiversity
  • BIOL 340       Genetics
  • BIOL 495       Senior Seminar
    or
    BIOL 498       Senior Thesis

Required Allied Math and Science Courses: (18 hours)

Math and Chemistry: (11 hours)

  • MATH 132     College Algebra (or higher math course)
  • CHEM 132     General College Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111     General College Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 232     General College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 211     General College Chemistry II Laboratory

Remaining 7 hours selected from the following:

  • PHYS 241       Physics I
  • PHYS 242       Physics II
  • PHYS 137       Physical Science
  • PHYS 117       Physical Science Laboratory
  • BIOL 231       Environmental Science or GEOG 231 Environmental Geography
  • BIOL 116       Environmental Science Laboratory

18 hours of biology electives selected from the following three groups.
Students must have at least one class from each group.

Group 1 – Animal Systems

  • BIOL 342 Parasitology
  • BIOL 347 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 442 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Group 2 – Plant Systems

  • BIOL 341 Plant Taxonomy
  • BIOL 349* Plant Biology
  • BIOL 460 Dendrology

Group 3 – Ecology and Field Methods

  • BIOL 345 Microbiology
  • BIOL 431 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 448 General Ecology
  • BIOL 460 Ecological Field Methods

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in this or related fields are strongly encouraged to take the following: Organic Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, Calculus, and Probability and Statistics.  Students interested in entering the workforce upon graduation are encouraged to complete an internship during the summer before their junior and/or senior years.

 


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY - CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY EMPHASIS

REQUIREMENTS-- 53 semester hours as follows:

Required Core Biology Courses: (17 hours)

  • BIOL 133       Introduction to Population Biology
  • BIOL 113       Introduction to Population Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 134       Introduction to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 114       Introduction to Cellular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 246       Biodiversity
  • BIOL 340       Genetics
  • BIOL 495       Senior Seminar
    or

    BIOL 498       Senior Thesis

Required Allied Math and Science Courses: (18 hours)

Math and Chemistry: (11 hours)

  • MATH 132     College Algebra (or higher math course)
  • CHEM 132     General College Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111     General College Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 232     General College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 211     General College Chemistry II Laboratory

Remaining 7 hours selected from the following:

  • PHYS 241       Physics I
  • PHYS 242       Physics II
  • PHYS 137       Physical Science
  • PHYS 117       Physical Science Laboratory
  • BIOL 231        Environmental Science or
                        GEOG 231 Environmental Geography
  • BIOL 116        Environmental Science Laboratory

The following courses are required: (16 of 18 elective hours)

  • BIOL 345       Microbiology
  • BIOL 346       Biochemistry
  • BIOL 445       Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 446       Cell Biology in Health and Disease

Recommended electives to meet 18 hours total:

  • BIOL 331       Vertebrate Embryology
  • BIOL 436       Medical Biochemistry
  • BIOL 441       Immunology
  • BIOL 447       Histology

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in this field are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor in Chemistry and take the following: Calculus I and II and Physics I and II and BIOL 498, Senior Thesis.  Students interested in entering the workforce upon graduation are encouraged to complete an internship during the summer before their junior and/or senior years.

 


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY - PRE-PROFESSIONAL HEALTH EMPHASIS

REQUIREMENTS-- 53 semester hours as follows:

Required Core Biology Courses: (17 hours)

  • BIOL 133       Introduction to Population Biology
  • BIOL 113       Introduction to Population Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 134       Introduction to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 114       Introduction to Cellular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 246       Biodiversity
  • BIOL 340       Genetics
  • BIOL 495       Senior Seminar
    or
    BIOL 498       Senior Thesis

Required Allied Math and Science Courses: (18 hours)

Math and Chemistry: (11 hours)

  • MATH 132     College Algebra (or higher math course)
  • CHEM 132     General College Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111     General College Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 232     General College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 211     General College Chemistry II Laboratory

Remaining 7 hours selected from the following:

  • PHYS 241       Physics I
  • PHYS 242       Physics II
  • PHYS 137       Physical Science
  • PHYS 117       Physical Science Laboratory
  • BIOL 231        Environmental Science or GEOG 231                               Environmental Geography
  • BIOL 116        Environmental Science Laboratory

Recommended electives to meet 18 hours total selected from the following:

  • BIOL 331       Vertebrate Embryology
  • BIOL 342       Parasitology
  • BIOL 345       Microbiology*
  • BIOL 346       Biochemistry*
  • BIOL 436       Medical Biochemistry
  • BIOL 441       Immunology
  • BIOL 442       Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy*
  • BIOL 443       General Physiology*
  • BIOL 445       Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 446       Cell Biology in Health and Disease
  • BIOL 447       Histology

*Students interested in applying to medical, dental, or veterinary school are strongly encouraged to complete these courses.

It is important to review the admissions requirements for each program to which you will apply because the prerequisites for admission may be slightly different among professional schools.

 

 


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY - PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EMPHASIS

REQUIREMENTS-- 53 semester hours as follows:

Required Biology Courses: (17 hours)

  • BIOL 133 Introduction to Population Biology
  • BIOL 113 Introduction to Population Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 134 Introduction to Cellular Biology
  • BIOL 114 Introduction to Cellular Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 246 Biodiversity
  • BIOL 340 Genetics
  • BIOL 495 Senior Seminar
    or
    BIOL 498 Senior Thesis

Required Allied Math and Science Courses: (11 hours)

  • MATH 132 College Algebra (or higher math course)
  • CHEM 132 General College Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111 General College Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 232 General College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 211 General College Chemistry Laboratory II

Additional Allied Math and Science Courses selected from the following: (7 hours)

  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • PHYS 242 Physics II
  • PHYS 137 Physical Science
  • PHYS 117 Physical Science Lab
  • BIOL 231  Environmental Science or GEOG 231 Environmental                             Geography
  • BIOL 116  Environmental Science Lab

Elective Courses -- a total of 18 hours at the 300- and 400-level completing the Pre-Physician Assistant Curriculum

Students planning to apply to the University’s Physician Assistant program should follow the pre-professional program of studies outlined below. The courses marked with an asterisk (*) are core science courses in the curriculum. These core courses total fifty-seven credit hours. Three of these core courses, marked with a plus (+), combine with the other non-core classes listed below to fulfill the forty-seven credit hours required in the General Education curriculum for undergraduates at University of the Cumberlands.  To complete the Pre-PA curriculum within three years, entering students must have an ACT score in mathematics of at least a 23 or must have already completed a college algebra course. These are prerequisites for General Chemistry I (CHEM 232/111), which is taken during the first semester of the pre-PA curriculum.

Application for the Professional Physician Assistant Program is made during the third year of studies. Completion of the Pre-PA curriculum below does not ensure acceptance into the Professional phase of the Physician Assistant program. For more information on the application process and PA program requirements, students should consult with their biology advisor or with the Director of the PA program. Students who complete the Pre-Professional PA curriculum but do not continue on to the Professional phase of the PA program will need nine hours of biology, five hours of chemistry and sixteen hours of electives to complete a major in biology.  Or they can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Independent Directions with a focus on applied health sciences. A third alternative is to complete a Bachelor of General Studies degree.

Semester One (Fall 1st Year): 15 hours
*+Population Biology 3 hours plus 1 hr. lab
*+General Chemistry I 3 hours plus 1 hr. lab
Freshman Comp. I 3 hours
Religion course3 hours
Convocation 0.5 hours
INSIGHTS 0.5 hours

Semester Two (Spring 1st Year): 16.5 hours.
*Cellular Biology 3 hours plus 1 hr. lab
*General Chemistry II 3 hours plus 1 hr. lab
Freshman Comp. II 3 hours
Religion course 3 hours
*Medical Terminology 2 hours
Convocation 0.5 hours

Semester Three (Fall 2nd Year): 17 hours
*Organic Chemistry I 3 hours plus 1 hr. lab
Psychology 3 hours
*Microbiology 4 hours
*Genetics 4 hours
Convocation 0.5 hours
Leadership 0.5 hours
PE equivalent 1 hour

Semester Four (Spring 2nd Year): 17.5 hours
*Physics I 4 hours
*Human Anatomy 4 hours
History course 3 hours
Sociology 3 hours
*+College Algebra 3 hours
Convocation 0.5 hours

Semester Five (Fall 3rd year): 17.5 hours
*Histology 4 hours
*Immunology
or Biochemistry 4 hours
Health and Wellness 3 hours
Literature course 3 hours
Art/Culture/Aesthetics 3 hours
Convocation 0.5 hours

Semester Six (Spring 3rd year): 14.5 hours
Art/Culture/Aesthetics 3 hours
*Biodiversity 4 hours
*Physiology 4 hours
History course 3 hours
Convocation 0.5 hours

Undergraduate students interested in applying for early admission to the University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program must complete the following coursework in total or in part at the University of the Cumberlands as Pre-PA Biology majors. Additionally, students must complete all requirements of the General Education curriculum for undergraduates as outlined in the University of the Cumberlands Undergraduate catalog. Admission is made during the third year of undergraduate study. Students must complete all PA admissions requirements by time of application. Completion of the Pre-PA curriculum does not ensure acceptance into the MPAS program.

Students who complete the Pre-Professional PA curriculum but do not continue on to the Professional phase of the PA program will need a total of 35 hours of biology courses (those listed below, plus BIOL 495 or BIOL 498, and either 6 or 10 additional hours of biology electives), 7 hours of allied science courses, and elective classes to complete the 128 hours needed to attain a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology. Alternatively, students can complete a Biology of Science degree in Independent Directions with a focus on applied health sciences. A third alternative is to complete a Bachelor of General Studies degree. Information on these alternatives may be found elsewhere in this catalog.

Students who successfully complete the pre-physician assistant curriculum and are accepted into the MPAS program are awarded a Bachelor of Health Science degree by the University after the successful completion of the first year of didactic coursework in the MPAS program. Students are then awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree after the successful completion of the second year of coursework.

The following courses are required prior to application for Pre-professional students:

BIOL 113 Intro. to Population Biology Lab.
BIOL 114 Intro. to Cellular Biology Lab.
BIOL 121 Medical Terminology
BIOL 133 Intro. to Population Biology
BIOL 134 Intro. to Cellular Biology
*BIOL 244 Human Physiology OR BIOL 443 - General Animal Physiology
BIOL 246 Biodiversity
BIOL 340 Genetics
*BIOL 343 Human Anatomy OR BIOL 442 - Comparative Anatomy
BIOL 345 Microbiology
CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab. I
CHEM 132 General College Chemistry I
CHEM 211 General College Chemistry Lab. II
CHEM 232 General College Chemistry II
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry Lab. I
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry I

Additional 6 or 10 credits of 300 or 400 level Biology courses
Upper-level Psychology courses
College Algebra OR higher Math or Statistics

*preferred


MINOR IN BIOLOGY

REQUIREMENTS-- 23 hours.

  • Courses must include:
    • BIOL 113
    • BIOL 114
    • BIOL 133
    • BIOL 134
    • BIOL 246

  • The remaining hours must be selected from Biology courses numbered above 300.

 

TRANSFER CREDIT —Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of upper division courses (including BIOL 495) for a major and 8 hours of upper division courses for the minor at Cumberlands. Courses transferred from junior colleges and community colleges may not satisfy the requirements for upper division courses in Biology.