Major Requirements Biology Furman University

Biology offers majors leading to both the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The Bachelor of Arts is provided for students who wish to construct a specific program of courses.

Bachelor of Science

As outlined below, students who plan to receive the B.S. degree with a major in biology must complete 10 or more biology courses, each of which must be at least three credits. They must also complete three chemistry courses:

  • BIO-111, 221, and 222,
  • BIO-502 or 503 with BIO-075,
  • at least one course from each of the following three groups:
    • Group I (Molecular and Cellular Biology): BIO-300 or 303.
    • Group II (Physiology): BIO-320, 321 or 322.
    • Group III (Ecology): BIO-340, 341 & 342, 343, or 344.
  • at least three other courses in biology numbered 200 or higher, and
  • CHM-110, 120, and 115 or 220.
  • MTH-140 and 141 or MTH-150, and
  • the ETS major field test in biology.

Bachelor of Arts

As outlined below, students who plan to receive the B.A. degree with a major in biology must complete 10 or more biology courses, each of which must be at least three credits. Candidates for the B. A. degree will construct a well-defined palette of courses with their Biology faculty advisor. Ideally, courses will be selected with a particular graduate program or profession in mind.

  • BIO-111, 221 and 222,
  • BIO-501, 502, or 503 with BIO-075,
  • at least one course from two of the following three groups:
    • Group I (Molecular and Cellular Biology): BIO-300 or 303.
    • Group II (Physiology): BIO-320, 321 or 322.
    • Group III (Ecology): BIO-340, 341 & 342, 343, or 344.
  • at least four other courses in biology numbered 200 or higher, and
  • the ETS major field test in biology.

Additional degree options

Majors whose career preparations require enrolling a significant number of science or mathematics courses outside of biology may, with approval of the chair, substitute one course from those areas for certain biology courses. Two 2-credit biology May Experience courses numbered 200 or higher can be used to fulfill one of the elective course requirements for either the B.A. or B.S. degrees.

Students planning to teach biology in secondary schools must complete a major in biology to be certified. These students must also successfully complete EDU-111, 120, 221, 350, 454 (or equivalent in the major department), 460, 472, EDEP-670, CHM-110, 115 and 120, PHY-111 or 104, and one course from: PHY- 105, EES- 110 or 111, in addition to the prescribed courses in the major. The requirements for certification (teaching internship) will be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, with the student becoming eligible for certification at the end of fall term following graduation. Refer to the Education section of the Catalog for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program and other pertinent information.

BIO-101 or 102 is recommended for non-majors who may want to become certified to teach. Non- biology majors applying to health professional schools that require eight credits of general biology are recommended to enroll in BIO-111 and 221.

Students preparing for professional and graduate schools should be careful to meet those schools’ entrance requirements, which may include some courses not required for the degree. All biology majors are urged to take a standardized examination such as the Graduate Record Examination (Biology Subject Test) or the Medical College Admission Test.

Dual-degree programs in Environmental Management, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and other health fields allow a student to enter a professional school after three years at Furman. For further information, see the department chair or the health careers advisor.

Students interested in marine biology may study at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, where they may enroll in up to four courses for a maximum of 16 credits. Opportunities are also available for study off campus at several colleges, research laboratories and hospitals. Participating students may receive credit for corresponding biology courses.

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