Begin Date: Summer Session 1996
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
The curriculum in biology is designed to provide a strong background in the biological sciences. The major has two options: a General Biology option for those individuals who intend to enter graduate or professional schools or who are interested in work with agencies or firms requiring a biological background; and a Medical Technology option to prepare students for a career in a clinical laboratory. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty-supervised research.
For the B.S. degree in Biology, a minimum of 124 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.
BIOLOGY MINOR: Students must take BIOL 110 GN(4) and two of the following courses: BIOL 220W GN(4), 230W GN(4), or 240W GN(4), and select additional courses at the 400 level in BIOBD for a total of 18 credits.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(18 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 96 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 49 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 110 GN(4), 230W GN(4), CHEM 036(2), 038(4), 039(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 240W GN(4), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOBD 322(3), 350W(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 47 credits
GENERAL BIOLOGY OPTION: 47 credits
The major provides a wide background in such diverse areas as genetics, physiology, ecology, morphology, microbiology, systematics, and evolution. From this diversity, students can choose a general program of study or develop strengths in biomedical or environmental studies.
ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-28 credits)
BIOL 220W GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOBD 429 (2) (Sem: 5-8)
BIOBD 494A(1) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6-9 credits from the following:
a. MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-6)
b. MICRB 202(2) (Sem: 3-6)
c. CSE 103 GQ(4) (Sem: 5-6)
d. BIOBD 380(2) (Sem: 5-8)
e. Select 3 credits of 400-level B M B courses from division-approved list (Sem: 5-8)
Select one of the following sequences:
a. PHYS 215 GN(4), 265 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (19-26 credits)
Select 15 credits of 400-level BIOBD and BIOL courses excluding BIOBD 429(2), 494A(1), 494B(1-12), 495(3-12), 496(1-18), and BIOL 496(1-18) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 4-11 credits from division-approved list (Sem: 1-8)
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY OPTION: 47 credits
Students spend approximately twelve months at an affiliated hospital during their senior year to complete the clinical phase of their baccalaureate studies. A fixed number of spaces are available on a competitive basis of grade-point average and hospital approval. The B.S. degree in Biology is awarded upon successful completion of the clinical study. The graduate is also eligible to take the national examination for certification and registry as a medical technologist.
PRESCRIBED COURSES (44 credits)
MICRB 201(3), 202(2) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 215 GN(4), 265 GN(4) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOBD 430A(6), 430B(3), 430C(7), 430D(4), 430E(4), 430F(4), 430G(1), 430I(1), 430K(1) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from BIOBD 424(3), 425(3), 455(3), 460(3), or 469(3) (Sem: 5-6)
 Current affiliation with St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania State University ©1998
The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Semester 1996
Blue Sheet Item #: 24-07-091
Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)