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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Biology

This program provides heavy involvement in both of the named disciplines and is designed mainly for students planning careers in biochemistry, one of the health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine etc.), or who plan to do graduate work in biochemistry or biology. Students are advised to consider concentrating in one or both fields by completing, in addition to the core program, the requirement for a baccalaureate degree in at least one of the disciplines, as described under Program Options.

Course Requirements for the BS Major


Program Options

Upon completing the above required core program, the student has the following options:

  1. Finish the program with sufficient credits of general-education requirements and free electives to attain a minimum of 120 credits. This fulfills the requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry-Biology.
  2. Elect one advanced chemistry course plus sufficient general-education and free elective credits to make a minimum of 120 credits. This satisfies the course requirements for the B.A. Chemistry in addition to the B.S. Chemistry-Biology.
  3. Elect BIO 442 (Microbiology) or BIO 260W (Ecology) plus one advanced biology course, plus sufficient general-education and free elective credits to make a minimum of 120 credits. This satisfies the course requirements for the B.S. Biology in addition to the B.S. Chemistry-Biology.
  4. Elect BIO 442 (Microbiology) or BIO 260W (Ecology), plus one advanced biology course, one advanced chemistry course, and the general-elective requirements. This satisfies the course requirements for the B.S. Biology and B.A. Chemistry, in addition to the B.S Chemistry-Biology. 
Note that only one degree (with multiple majors) is awarded upon completion of 120 credits.

Learning Outcomes for the BS in Chemistry-Biology

Students will:

  1. Learn fundamentals of chemistry and biology and build to more complex concepts.
  2. Learn the language of chemistry and biology: compounds, structures, naming, and chemical reactions.
  3. Develop an understanding of the physical world
  4. Use reason and logic in the solving of chemical problems.
  5. Be able to understand and perform fundamental laboratory procedures and build to more complex procedures.
  6. Interpret instructions and collect, evaluate, and interpret data in the chemistry and biology laboratory.
  7. Gain an understanding of the main areas of chemistry and biology: organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and physiology.
  8. Be able to process and translate written information in order to solve a problem or perform a laboratory procedure.  
  9. Be able to express and convey information in both oral and written formats.

Chemistry Department

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Dr. Eric J. Mahan (Chair)


Biology Department

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Dr. Jacob Harney (Chair)


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