Biology, B.S. (Behrend)

Program Code: BIOBC_BS

Entrance to Major

In order for entrance to the Biology major, a student must have:

  1. attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average;
  2. completed BIOL 110 and earned a grade of C or better; and
  3. completed at least one of the following courses with a grade of C or better: BIOL 220W, or BIOL 240W.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 97-99

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 200-, 300-, and 400-level BIOL, BMB, MICRB, PPEM and WFS course in the major field.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
STAT 250Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 220WBiology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 230WBiology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 240WBiology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course4
BIOL 322Genetic Analysis3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option56-58

Requirements for the Option

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Option (50-54 credits)

Students can select courses in theoretical or applied ecology, evolution, field biology and animal behavior to build 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
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 427Evolution3
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
BIOL 402
1
Analysis of Variance
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Select one of the following sequences:6-8
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Population Genetics
Animal Behavior
Ecology of Lakes and Streams
Theoretical Population Ecology
Physiological Ecology
General Ecology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select item A or B:17-21
A
Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
and Applied Geographic Information Systems
and Geographic Information Systems
Select 10-14 credits from school approved list
B
Select 17-21 credits from school approved list
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of 400-level BIOL, BMB, MICRB, PPEM, or WFS courses 26
General Biology Option (50-54 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
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 427Evolution3
Additional Courses
Select one of the following sequences:6-8
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 20-24 credits from school approved list20-24
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits of 400-level BIOL, BMB, MICRB, PPEM, or WFS courses 115
Genetics and Developmental Biology Option (50-54 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
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Laboratory in Organic Chemistry2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 427Evolution3
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
Additional Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Genetics
Population Genetics
Developmental Biology
Human Genetics
Molecular Biology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 15-17 credits from school approved list15-17
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of 400-level BIOL, BMB, MICRB, PPEM, or WFS courses 16
Medical Technology Option (50-54 credits)

Students spend approximately twelve months at an affiliated hospital1 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
PHYS 250Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 251Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
MICRB 405ASeminar and Practicum in Medical Technology8
MICRB 405BSeminar and Practicum in Medical Technology1
MICRB 405CSeminar and Practicum in Medical Technology6
MICRB 405DSeminar and Practicum in Medical Technology5
MICRB 405ESeminar and Practicum in Medical Technology7
MICRB 405FSeminar and Practicum in Medical Technology3
MICRB 408Laboratory Instructional Practice1
Additional Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
and Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 1 credit from approved list1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of 400-level BMB, BIOL, MICRB of the following:3
Human Genetics
Mammalian Physiology
General Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
General Virology: Bacterial and Animal Viruses
Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry Option (50-54 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
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Laboratory in Organic Chemistry2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 427Evolution3
BMB 401General Biochemistry3
BMB 402General Biochemistry3
BMB 403Biochemistry Laboratory1
BMB 406Molecular Biology3
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
Additional Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Cellular Mechanisms in Vertebrate Physiology
Practical Bioinformatics
Plant Physiology
Protein Structure and Function
Principles of Immunology
Medical Microbiology
General Virology: Bacterial and Animal Viruses
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 14-16 credits from school approved list14-16
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of 400-level BIOL, BMB, MICRB, PPEM, or WFS courses 13
Health Professions Option (50-54 credits)

Students can prepare for the rigors of advanced health professions education by following the course of study outlined in this option. This option is also provided for exceptional students who are admitted into a "3+4" accelerated or early acceptance program at an approved or affiliated professional school. Students are granted 21 credits toward the Bachelor of Science degree following the successful completion of the first professional academic year. The Health Professions Committee will work with such students to develop an appropriate program of study.

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 213Laboratory in Organic Chemistry2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 421Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates4
BIOL 427Evolution3
BIOL 472Mammalian Physiology3
BIOL 473Laboratory in Mammalian Physiology2
BMB 402General Biochemistry3
BMB 403Biochemistry Laboratory1
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
Additional Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8-10
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BMB 401General Biochemistry3
or CHEM 472 General Biochemistry I
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 11-13 credits from school approved list11-13
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of 400-level BIOL, BMB, MICRB, PPEM, or WFS courses 13

Program Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. Apply physical laws to biological dynamics.
  2. Apply statistical methods to diverse data.
  3. Understand the relationship of the chemistry of molecules to biological systems.
  4. Develop biological applications to solve societal problems.
  5. Develop and interpret graphs.
  6. Computationally model dynamic systems.
  7. Design scientific process to understand living systems.
  8. Communicate ideas and results of experiments and research effectively both orally and in writing.
  9. Search for, acquire and interpret original scientific literature.

Students should be able to articulate and explain for multiple levels of the biological hierarchy that:

  1. Evolution explains the diversity and unity of life.
  2. Organisms store and process information.
  3. The physical and chemical characteristics of biological structures influence their function.
  4. Organisms capture and transform energy and matter.
  5. Biological systems are complex and hierarchical.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Beth Potter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
163 Nick
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6510
bap16@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

General Biology Option: Biology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*#4BIOL 240W*#4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 141*†4
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 140 (or appropriate MATH Course from ALEKS test)*†4General Education Course3
PSU 71General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W*#4BIOL 230W*#4
CHEM 210 or 2023STAT 2503
Elective or MATH 141 (if Calculus not complete)3-4CHEM 203 or 212 and 2133
General Education Course3CAS 1003
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16-17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 322*3PHYS 251 or 2124
PHYS 250 or 2114BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level Course*3
ENGL 202C‡†3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level Course or Supporting Course (School Approved List)*3-4Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16-17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level Course*3-4BIOL 427*3
BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level Course*3-4BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level Course*3-4
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
PHYS 213 or 214 (or Supporting Course (School Approved List))2Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
 14-16 15-16
Total Credits 127-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) School Approved List of Course for Electives - All courses listed in the Penn State University course listings except those specifically listed in the 'non-approved courses' below are considered approved courses and can be used as supporting courses electives.
School of Science Non-Approved List of Courses for the BIOBC Major
- BIOL no course under 100
- MATH no course under MATH 140,MATH 140A(2 of 6 credits)
-BISC 1,BISC 2,BISC 3,BISC 4
-MICRB 106andMICRB 107
-BMB 1, BMB 3
-PHYS 1,PHYS 150,PHYS 151
-CHEM 1,CHEM 3,CHEM 101,CHEM 106(2 of 5 credits),CHEM 108
-PLSC 7, PLSC 8, PLSC 11
- CMPSC 1,CMPSC 100
-LLED 5,LLED 10
-ENGL 4,ENGL 5
-STAT 100

Advising Notes

1.)CHEM 110: Prerequisite satisfactory performance on the MATH placement test (ALKES) - i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 22; or CHEM 101 and MATH 22 or MATH 41
2.) Take PHYS 213 if you have taken PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
3.) Take PHYS 214 if you have taken PHYS 211 and PHYS 212

Genetics and Development Option: Biology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*#4BIOL 240W*4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 141*†4
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 140 (or appropriate MATH Course from ALEKS test)*†4General Education Course3
PSU 71General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W*4BIOL 230W*4
CHEM 2103CHEM 2123
General Education Course3CHEM 2132
General Education Course3STAT 2503
Elective or MATH 141 (if Calculus is not complete)CAS 1003
 General Education Course3
 13 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 322*3PHYS 212 or 2514
PHYS 211 or 2504General Education Course3
MICRB 201*3BIOL 422, 428, 430, 460, or BMB 406*3
MICRB 202*2BIOL 422, 428, 430, 460, or BMB 406*3
ENGL 202C‡†3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
General Education Course3 
 18 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level Course*3-4BIOL 422, 428, 430, 460, or BMB 406*3
BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level course*3-4BIOL 427*3
PHYS 213 or 214 (or Supporting Course (School Approved List))2Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
 14-16 15
Total Credits 128-130

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) School Approved List of Course for Electives - All courses listed in the Penn State University course listings except those specifically listed in the 'non-approved courses' below are considered approved courses and can be used as supporting courses electives.
School of Science Non-Approved List of Courses for the BIOBC Major
- BIOL no course under 100
- MATH no course under MATH 140MATH 140A(2 of 6 credits)
-BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3BISC 4
-MICRB 106 and MICRB 107
-BMB 1, BMB 3
-PHYS 1,PHYS 150,PHYS 151
-CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 101CHEM 106 (2 of 5 credits), CHEM 108
-PLSC 7, PLSC 8, PLSC 11
- CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100
-LLED 5LLED 10
-ENGL 4ENGL 5
-STAT 100

Advising Notes

1.)CHEM 110: Prerequisite satisfactory performance on the MATH placement test (ALKES) - i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 22; or CHEM 101 and MATH 22 or MATH 41
2.) MICRB 201 should be taken concurrently with MICRB 202 Lab
3.) Take PHYS 213 if you have taken PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
4.) Take PHYS 214 if you have taken PHYS 211 and PHYS 212

Health Professions Option: Biology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*#4BIOL 240W*4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 141*†4
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 140 (or appropriate MATH Course from ALEKS test)*†4General Education Course3
PSU 71General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W*4BIOL 230W*4
CHEM 2103CAS 100‡†3
SC 2011CHEM 2123
General Education Course3CHEM 2132
Elective or MATH 141 (if Calculus is not complete)3STAT 2503
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 17 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 322*3BIOL 472*3
PHYS 211 or 2504BIOL 473*2
MICRB 201*3BMB 402
BMB 403*
4
MICRB 202*2ENGL 202C‡†3
BMB 401 or CHEM 472*3PHYS 212 or 2514
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 421 or 497*4BIOL 427*3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3BIOL 430, MICRB 410, or MICRB 412*3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
General Education Course3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
3General Education Course3
 16 15
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) School Approved List of Course for Electives - All courses listed in the Penn State University course listings except those specifically listed in the 'non-approved courses' below are considered approved courses and can be used as supporting courses electives.
School of Science Non-Approved List of Courses for the BIOBC Major
- BIOL no course under 100
- MATH no course under MATH 140MATH 140A (2 of 6 credits)
-BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3BISC 4
-MICRB 106 and MICRB 107
-BMB 1, BMB 3
-PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151
-CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 101CHEM 106 (2 of 5 credits), CHEM 108
-PLSC 7, PLSC 8, PLSC 11
- CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100
-LLED 5LLED 10
-ENGL 4ENGL 5
-STAT 100
-BIOL 421: Comparative Anatomy and BIOL 497: Human Anatomy alternate each year

Advising Notes

1.)CHEM 110: Prerequisite satisfactory performance on the MATH placement test (ALKES) - i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 22; or CHEM 101 and MATH 22 or MATH 41

Medical Technology Option: Biology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110S*#4BIOL 240W*4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 141*†4
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 140 (or appropriate MATH Course from ALEKS test)*†4General Education Course3
PSU 71General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W*4BIOL 230W*4
CHEM 210 or 2023STAT 2503
Elective or MATH 141 (if Calculus not complete)3-4CHEM 203 or 212 and 2133-5
General Education Course3ENGL 202C‡†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16-17 16-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 322*3MICRB 410*13
MICRB 201*3PHYS 2514
MICRB 202*2BMB 402, 406, BIOL 472, or MICRB 415*3-4
PHYS 2504General Education Course3
CAS 1003 
General Education Course3 
 18 13-14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MICRB 405A*8MICRB 405B*1
MICRB 405C*6MICRB 405D*5
MICRB 405F*3MICRB 405E*7
 MICRB 408*1
 17 14
Total Credits 128-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) School Approved List of Course for Electives - All courses listed in the Penn State University course listings except those specifically listed in the 'non-approved courses' below are considered approved courses and can be used as supporting courses electives.
School of Science Non-Approved List of Courses for the BIOBC Major
- BIOL no course under 100
- MATH no course under MATH 140MATH 140A (2 of 6 credits)
-BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3BISC 4
-MICRB 106 and MICRB 107
-BMB 1, BMB 3
-PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151
-CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 101CHEM 106 (2 of 5 credits), CHEM 108
-PLSC 7, PLSC 8, PLSC 11
- CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100
-LLED 5LLED 10
-ENGL 4ENGL 5
-STAT 100

Advising Notes

1.) CHEM 110: Prerequisite satisfactory performance on the MATH placement test (ALKES) - i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 22; or CHEM 101 and MATH 22 or MATH 41
2.) MICRB 201 should be taken concurrently with MICRB 202 Lab
3.) MICRB 410 required for admission to clinical program

Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry Option: Biology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*#4BIOL 240W*4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 141*†4
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 140 (or appropriate MATH Course from ALEKS test)*†4General Education Course3
PSU 71General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W*4BIOL 230W*4
CHEM 2103CAS 1003
Elective or MATH 141 (if Calculus is not completed)3-4CHEM 202 or 212 and 2133-5
General Education Course3STAT 2503
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16-17 16-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 322*3PHYS 212 or 2514
PHYS 211 or 2504BMB 406*3
ENGL 202C‡†3BMB 465 or BIOL 441 or MICRB 410 or MICRB 412 or MICRB 415*3-4
MICRB 201*3General Education Course3
MICRB 202*2 
General Education Course 
 15 13-14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, ENT, or WFS 400-level course*3-4BIOL 427*3
BMB 401 or CHEM 472*3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
PHYS 213 or PHYS 214 or Supporting Course (School Approved List)2-3BMB 402*3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3BMB 403*1
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
 Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
 14-16 16
Total Credits 124-130

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) School Approved List of Course for Electives - All courses listed in the Penn State University course listings except those specifically listed in the 'non-approved courses' below are considered approved courses and can be used as supporting courses electives.
School of Science Non-Approved List of Courses for the BIOBC Major
- BIOL no course under 100
- MATH no course under MATH 140MATH 140A (2 of 6 credits)
-BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3BISC 4
-MICRB 106 and MICRB 107
-BMB 1, BMB 3
-PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151
-CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 101CHEM 106 (2 of 5 credits), CHEM 108
-PLSC 7, PLSC 8, PLSC 11
- CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100
-LLED 5LLED 10
-ENGL 4ENGL 5
-STAT 100

Advising Notes

1.)CHEM 110: Prerequisite satisfactory performance on the MATH placement test (ALKES) - i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 22; or CHEM 101 and MATH 22 or MATH 41

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Option: Biology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*#4BIOL 240W*4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 1414
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 140 (or appropriate MATH Course based on ALEKS scores)*†4General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 18 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W*4BIOL 230W*4
CHEM 210 (or Elective)3CHEM 202 or 212 and 2133-5
Elective or MATH 141 (if Calculus has not been completed)3-4CAS 1003
General Education Course3STAT 2503
General Education Course1.5General Education Course3
 14.5-15.5 16-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 322*3BIOL 438 (or BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, or WFS 400-level Course)*3
BIOL 429 or BIOL 435 or BIOL 438 or BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, or WFS 400-level Course or Supporting Course (School Approved List)*3-4BIOL 402*3
PHYS 211 or 2504PHYS 212 or 2514
CHEM 203 (or Supporting Course (School Approved List))3ENGL 202C‡†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16-17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 429, 435, or 438 (or BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, or WFS 400-Level Course or Supporting Course (School Approved List))*3-4BIOL 427*3
BIOL 429, 435, or 438 (or BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, or WFS 400-Level Course or Supporting Course (School Approved List))*3-4Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
Supporting Course (School Approved List)3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
Supporting Course (School Approved List) or STAT Selection*3Supporting Course (School Approved List)3
PHYS 213 or 214 (or Supporting Course (School Approved List))2BIOL, MICRB, BMB, PPEM, or WFS 400-level Course*3-4
 14-16 15-16
Total Credits 126-133

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admission requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits.
2.) School Approved List of Course for Electives - All courses listed in the Penn State University course listings except those specifically listed in the 'non-approved courses' below are considered approved courses and can be used as supporting courses electives.
School of Science Non-Approved List of Courses for the BIOBC Major
- BIOL no course under 100
- MATH no course under MATH 140MATH 140A(2 of 6 credits)
-BISC 1BISC 2BISC 3BISC 4
-MICRB 106 and MICRB 107
-BMB 1, BMB 3
-PHYS 1PHYS 150PHYS 151
-CHEM 1CHEM 3CHEM 101CHEM 106 (2 of 5 credits), CHEM 108
-PLSC 7, PLSC 8, PLSC 11
- CMPSC 1, CMPSC 100
-LLED 5LLED 10
-ENGL 4ENGL 5
-STAT 100

Advising Notes

1.) CHEM 110: Prerequisite satisfactory performance on the MATH placement test (ALKES) - i.e. placement beyond the level of MATH 22; or CHEM 101 and MATH 22 or MATH 41
2.) Take PHYS 213 if you have taken PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
3.) Take PHYS 214 if you have taken PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
4.) Supporting STAT Courses: STAT 461, STAT 462, STAT 464, STAT 466

Career Paths

Biology is among the most versatile of college majors and a jumping-off point for careers that can range from astrobiologist to microbiologist to zoologist. Whether you envision a career working with cancer cells or California condors, a Biology degree from Penn State Behrend can make that happen. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Biologists are everywhere! Penn State Behrend biology graduates include bioforensic identification specialists, orthotists, research biologists, biophysicists, anesthesiologist, dentists, veterinarians, national park rangers, doctors, high school teachers, physician assistants, college professors, lawyers, and even a lead elephant zookeeper!

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS FOR GRADUATES OF THE BIOLOGY PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Biology is a common foundational major for graduate study in a specialized subdiscipline such as aquatic biology or genetics. Its broad diversity of experiences make it a popular undergraduate major for future medical doctors, veterinarians, physician assistants, and other health-care professionals. Penn State Behrend offers numerous pre-health profession options within its degree program, including 3+4 and early admissions programs.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
1 Prischak
4205 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6105
behrend-science@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-science