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College Catalog 2016-2017 
College Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (B.S.)

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This curriculum prepares students for the rigors of graduate school, professional schools of medicine and allied health, and biologically oriented employment opportunities. Four concentrations are available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Biological Sciences, Premedicine, Allied Health and Secondary Education (Biology Education) .

Student Learning Outcomes for Biology:

Students will be able to:

  • Recall, synthesize, and apply material from multiple disciplines including biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

  • Effectively research, synthesize, and communicate scientific information with an understanding of the importance of ethical scientific practice.

  • Design and carry out experiments to address biological questions.

  • Critically analyze and formulate logical conclusions from data.

  • Effectively demonstrate common laboratory techniques, doing so in accordance with accepted safety standards.

Specific schools may require additional courses.

For example, all pre-veterinary medicine students should schedule courses in biochemistry and microbiology. Students interested in the premedical program should consult the Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. The Committee serves the following functions: 1) work jointly with premedical students and their major advisors to ensure that all prerequisites are met for entry into schools of medicine; 2) advise students on registration and preparation for medical school admissions tests; 3) assist students in the preparation and submission of applications to medical schools; 4) draft a composite letter of evaluation and endorsement for worthy candidates and forward this information to appropriate medical school admissions committees; 5) offer assistance in preparing for medical school interviews; 6) solicit and collect literature that will aid students to plan financially for their medical training; and 7) maintain statistics on medical school placement for advising and administrative purposes.

Suggested first year courses:

Allied Health concentration

The Allied Health concentration prepares the student for entry into the professional allied health science programs of Thomas Jefferson University, Widener University, and, after three years, other accredited pre-approved programs. Students interested in this program should consult Dr. Aaron Cecala and refer to the Joint Degree Programs .

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