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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Biology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (BIOBD)

The curriculum in Biology is designed to provide students with a strong background in the biological sciences. It provides preparation for students who intend to secure advanced degrees through graduate study, students who intend to prepare for careers in medicine or health-related fields, and students preparing for careers with companies or agencies requiring employees with biological backgrounds. The curriculum has six options allowing students to choose an area of specialization which will best meet their career goals. In addition to selecting an option, students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty supervised research. The options are: General Biology - various areas of modern biology; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior - theoretical, practical, and applied ecology and evolution of plants and animals; Genetics and Developmental Biology - genetics and developmental biology of plants and animals; Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry - molecular and cellular mechanisms of biology; Medical Technology - prepares students for careers in clinical laboratories; and Accelerated Health Programs - allows exceptional students, who gain early admission to a professional school, to fulfill option requirements with a set number of academic credits taken during the first professional year.

Entrance Requirement: In addition to the requirements described by University policies, all students applying for entrance to the biology major at Behrend College: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average; 2) completed BIOL 110 GN(4), CHEM 110 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses; and 3) completed at least one of the following courses with a grade of C or better: BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), or BIOL 240W GN(4).

For the B.S. degree in Biology, a minimum of 124 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 200-, 300-, and 400-level BIOL, B M B, and MICRB course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 97-99 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): 42 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (42 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(l), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(l) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 220W GN(4)[1], BIOL 230W GN(4)[1], BIOL 240W GN(4)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-6)
BIOL 223(1)[1], BIOL 322(3)[1], (Sem: 5-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 55-57 credits

ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND BEHAVIOR OPTION: (55 credits)
Students can select courses in theoretical or applied ecology, evolution, field biology and animal behavior to build a strength in ecological science. The option prepares students for graduate study in ecology and evolution, or careers in zoo science, environmental consulting, environmental management, environmental education or positions with regulatory agencies.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
BIOL 402W(3)[1], B M B 406(3)[1], BIOL 427(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (23-27 credits)
Select 6-8 credits from one of the following sequences:
a. CHEM 202(3), CHEM 203(3) (Sem: 3-4)
b. CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 8-10 credits from one of the following sequences:
a. PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4); PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from the following:
BIOL 428(3)[1], BIOL 429(3)[1], BIOL 435(3)[1], BIOL 438(3)[1], BIOL 446(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (19-23 credits)
Select 3 credits of 400-level BIOL courses excluding BIOL 400, BIOL 495, BIOL 496, BIOL 497, BIOL 498, BIOL 499, B M B 496, B M B 497, B M B 498, B M B 499, MICRB 496, MICRB 497, MICRB 498, MICRB 499 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 16-20 credits from school approved list (Sem: 1-8)

GENERAL BIOLOGY OPTION: (55 credits)
Students can select courses from a variety of areas of contemporary biology. The option provides the flexibility to enable students to tailor their program for graduate study in many fields of biology or careers requiring broad backgrounds and diverse skills in the biological sciences.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
BIOL 402W(3)[1], BIOL 427(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14-18 credits)
Select 6-8 credits from one the following sequences:
a. CHEM 202(3), CHEM 203(3) (Sem: 3-4)
b. CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 8-10 credits from one of the following sequences:
a. PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4); PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (31-35 credits)
Select 15 credits of 400-level BIOL courses excluding BIOL 400, BIOL 495, BIOL 496, BIOL 497, BIOL 498, BIOL 499, B M B 496, B M B 497, B M B 498, B M B 499, MICRB 496, MICRB 497, MICRB 498, MICRB 499 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 16-20 credits from school approved list (Sem: 1-8)

GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY OPTION: (55 credits)
Students can select courses to develop strengths in various areas of transmission, medical, population or molecular genetics and/or study the developmental process at the organismal, histological or molecular levels. The option prepares students for admission to professional programs in the health sciences, graduate programs in genetic counseling, plant or animal breeding, developmental biology, or careers in research or biotechnology.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)
MICRB 201(3)[1], MICRB 202(2)[1] (Sem 3-6)
BIOL 427(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (17-19 credits)
Select 9 credits from the following:
B M B 406(3)[1], BIOL 410(3)[1], BIOL 428(3)[1], BIOL 430(3)[1], BIOL 460(3)[1], (Sem: 5-8)
Select 8-10 credits form one of the following sequences:
a. PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4); PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (20-22 credits)
Select 9 credits of 400-level BIOL courses excluding BIOL 400, BIOL 495, BIOL 496, BIOL 497, BIOL 498, BIOL 499, B M B 496, B M B 497, B M B 498, B M B 499, MICRB 496, MICRB 497, MICRB 498, MICRB 499 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 11-13 credits from school approved list (Sem: 1-8)

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY OPTION: (55-57 credits)
Students spend approximately twelve months at an affiliated hospital[12] 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 Bachelor of Science 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)[1], MICRB 202(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-6)
MICRB 405A(8)[1], MICRB 405B(1)[1], MICRB 405C(6)[1], MICRB 405D(5)[1], MICRB 405E(7)[1], MICRB 405F(3)[1], MICRB 408(1)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8-10 credits)
Select 8-10 credits from one the following sequences:
a. CHEM 202(3), CHEM 203(3), CHEM 221(4) (Sem: 3-4)
b. CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 of 400-level BIOL from:
BIOL 402W(3)[1], BIOL 460(3)[1], BIOL 472(3)[1], B M B 402(3)[1], or B M B 406(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY OPTION: (55 credits)
Students can select courses to develop strengths in the study of biology at the cellular and molecular levels, including basic metabolism and its regulations, DNA recombinant technology, bioinformatics and genomics. The option prepares students for admission to professional programs in the health sciences, graduate study, or careers in biotechnology or research.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (29 credits)
CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2), MICRB 201(3)[1], MICRB 202(2)[1] (Sem 3-6)
B M B 402(3)[1], B M B 403(1)[1], B M B 406(3)[1], BIOL 427(3)[1], CHEM 472(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from: B M B 465(3)[1], BIOL 404(3)[1], or MICRB 410(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8-10 credits)
Select 8-10 credits from one of the following sequences:
a. PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4); PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16-18 credits)
Select 5 credits of 400-level BIOL courses excluding BIOL 400, BIOL 495, BIOL 496, BIOL 497, BIOL 498, BIOL 499, B M B 496, B M B 497, B M B 498, B M B 499, MICRB 496, MICRB 497, MICRB 498, MICRB 499 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 11-13 credits from school approved list (Sem: 1-8)

ACCELERATED HEALTH PROGRAMS OPTION: (55 credits)
Exceptional students who are admitted into a "3+4" accelerated or early acceptance program at an approved or affiliated professional school are granted 21 credits toward the Bachelor of Science degree following the successful completion of the first professional academic year.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
MICRB 201(3)[1], MICRB 202(2)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOL 421(4)[1], B M B 402(3)[1], B M B 403(1)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8-10 credits)
Select 8-10 credits from one of the following sequences:
a. PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4); PHYS 213 GN(2) or PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24-26 credits)
Select 3-5 credits from school approved list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 21 credits of professional school academic courses (Sem: 7-8)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[12]Current affiliation is with St. Vincent Health Center, School of Medical Technology, Erie, PA.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-06-048A

Review Date: 4/15/08

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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