Biology Curriculum

The biology major consists of six options: (1) Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Option (2) General Option (3) Genetics and Developmental Biology Option (4) Health Professions Option (5) Medical Technology Option (6) Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry Option.

All majors take a core of four Biology courses during the first two years as well as one year of General Chemistry, one year of Organic Chemistry, one year of Calculus, and a selection of General Education courses. During the third and fourth years, students take Biology courses specific to their chosen option as well as completing other required courses such as Physics, Statistics, and General Education requirements.

Current students: See the Recommended Academic Plans for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Options in Biology at Behrend (BIOBD)

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Option

Recommended Academic Plan 

General Biology Option

Recommended Academic Plan

Genetics and Developmental Biology Option

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Health Professions Option

Recommended Academic Plans

Medical Technology Option

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Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry Option

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Typical Course Sequence

Below is a typical course sequence for the Biology bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

Semester 1 Credits   Semester 2 Credits
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity 4 Biology: Function and Development of Organs 4
Rhetoric and Composition 3 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
Chemical Principles I 3 Experimental Chemistry I1 1
Experimental Chemistry I 1 Chemical Principles II 3
Health and Physical Activity 1.5 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Arts course 3 Humanities course 3
First-Year Seminar 1 Total Credits 16.5
Total Credits 16.5    
 
Semester 3     Semester 4  
Biology: Populations and Communities 4 Biology: Molecules and Cells 4
Organic Chemistry I 3 Organic Chemistry II w/lab 5
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4 Effective Speech 3
Social and Behavioral Science course 3 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
Total Credits 14 Arts Course 3
    Total Credits 18
 
Semester 5     Semester 6  
Genetic Analysis 3 Upper level Biology or Microbiology course* 3-4
Upper level Biology or Microbiology course* 3-4 Biological Experimental Design 3
Introductory Physics I 3 Effective Writing: Technical Writing 3
Approved supporting course 3 Introductory Physics II 4
Humanities course 3 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 16-17
 
Semester 7     Semester 8  
Upper level Biology or Microbiology course* 3-4 Upper level Biology or Microbiology course* 3-4
Upper level Biology or Microbiology course* 3-4 Evolution 3
Approved supporting course 2 Approved supporting course 3
Approved supporting course 3 Approved supporting course 3
Approved supporting course 3 Approved supporting course 3
Total Credits 14-16 Total Credits 15-16