biology program

Get ready for an exciting career in the medical, health, or environmental arenas with a B.A. or B.S. in Biology from Georgian Court University. Whether you want to be a doctor or a biology teacher, this program prepares you for all of the career possibilities that lie ahead.

Our graduates have used this versatile undergraduate B.S. degree to launch thriving careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, biotechnology, agriculture, or environmental sciences.

Looking to go into the chiropractic, medical technology, or other health-related fields? The university also offers a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences or Medical Imaging Sciences. Take advantage of the university’s articulation agreements with New York Chiropractic College, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Monmouth Medical Center. These partnerships let you enter those programs and earn a bachelor’s degree in just four years.

The B.A. in Biology is geared for those who want to teach biology. If you wish to teach at the pre-college level, biology will be your first major and education will be your second major after fulfilling School of Education requirements for teacher certification.

Program

To earn a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Biology courses (40 credits for B.S.; 30 credits for B.A.)
  • Other courses (28 credits for B.S.; 27 credits for B.A.)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

B.S. in Biology:

Biology:

  • BI120 Biological Diversity: Life, Origin & Phylogeny (4)
  • BI121 Biological Unity: Cellular Organization, Energetics & Function (4)
  • BI201 Biological Literature (1)
  • BI203 Data Collection & Analysis in the Sciences (3)
  • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
  • BI305 Biological Interactions: Cell, Organism & Ecological Communication & Coordination (4)
  • BI444 Capstone Experience in Biology (1)
  • Biology electives (19)

Other:

  • MA115 Calculus I (4)
  • CH113 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH114 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CH223 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CH224 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • PH121 General Physics I (4)
  • PH122 General Physics II (4)

Note: A minimum of 12 credits of biology coursework must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

B.A. in Biology:

Biology:

  • BI120 Biological Diversity: Life, Origin & Phylogeny (4)
  • BI121 Biological Unity: Cellular Organization, Energetics & Function (4)
  • BI201 Biological Literature (1)
  • BI204 Biological Continuity & Change: Genetics & Evolution (4)
  • BI305 Biological Interactions: Cell, Organism & Ecological Communication & Coordination (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • BI443 Capstone Experience for the B.A. in Biology (1)
    • BI444 Capstone Experience in Biology (1)
  • Biology electives (12)

Other:

  • MA109 College Algebra (3)
  • CH113 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH114 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CH223 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CH224 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • Choice of courses (pick one option):
    • PH111 How Things Work: Physics in Everyday Life I (4) and PH112 How Things Work: Physics in Everyday Life II (4)
    • PH121 General Physics I (4) and PH112 How Things Work: Physics in Everyday Life II (4)
    • PH121 General Physics I (4) and PH122 General Physics II (4)

Note: A minimum of 8 credits of biology coursework must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

Teaching Credentials

  • Early Childhood Education (P–3) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Elementary Education (K–6) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Teacher of Biology (K–12) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

For required professional courses in education, please refer to the School of Education.

Complement your scientific expertise with a minor in biology from GCU. This focus pairs well with other health and science majors to offer the added advantage of a specialty that can be utilized in the medical and science fields.

Program

To earn a minor in biology, you must successfully complete 23 credits with a maximum of 12 credits of 100-level biology courses counting toward the total and 4 credits of chemistry courses. At least 11 credits must be earned at GCU, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses is required.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.