Bachelor of Science in Biology

Program Contact: Lise Thomas   203-582-8497

The BS in Biology program provides students with a biological and physical science foundation on which they can build a graduate degree in natural science or enter the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry or education. Those choosing to end their formal education with the bachelor’s degree will have a sufficient level of sophistication in biological science to assume a variety of positions with research institutions, governmental agencies or industry.

Students choose courses and follow a curriculum determined in consultation with their adviser. 

Independent Study in Biology

  1. Students may take a maximum of 4 credits of Independent Study/Research (BIO 498 or BIO 499, not a combination of the two courses) to be counted toward the biology electives (Experiential Learning Component).
  2. Students may take an additional 1–4 credits of Independent Study/Research to meet the maximum of 8 credits allowed. The additional 4 credits can be applied only to the “open/free electives.”

Honors in Biology

  1. An overall quality point average of 3.0 or better is required. An average of 3.5 in biology is required.
  2. Students should announce in writing their intention to pursue honors in biology to both the department chair and academic adviser, no later than May 1 in the spring term of their junior year.
  3. Departmental honors students are required to take BIO 399H (Honors Research in Biological Sciences).
  4. Students are each responsible for obtaining a sponsor for their project prior to May 1 of their junior year.
  5. Successful completion of a senior research project is required. The project must include:
    1. a written proposal;
    2. the actual completion of an approved research project under the supervision and sponsorship of a full-time faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences;
    3. the presentation of the outcome of the research project in the written format approved by the department; and
    4. a seminar presentation of the outcome of the research project.
  6. Evidence of excellence in speaking and writing skills, documented by term papers, written work,  oral presentations and grades, as determined by the committee.
  7. The actual granting of honors in biology is determined by all full-time faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.

A list of the department faculty and their research interests is available in the department office.

BS in Biology Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Biological Science Core Requirements
BIO 150
150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
BIO 151
151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 152
152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
Physical Science Core Requirements
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 111
111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Biology Electives 2
Select a minimum of one course from each of the following categories:11-16
Molecular and Cellular Electives:
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 282
282L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 317
317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BIO 346
346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
BIO 365Cancer Biology3
BIO 382
382L
Human Genetics
and Human Genetics Lab
4
BIO 471
471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
4
Organismal Electives:
BIO 323
323L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIO 328
328L
Human Clinical Parasitology
and Human Clinical Parasitology Lab
4
BIO 352
352L
Botany
and Botany Lab
4
BIO 358
358L
Life on a Changing Planet
and Life on a Changing Planet Lab
4
BIO 375
375L
Physiological Models for Human Disease
and Physiological Models for Human Disease Lab
4
BIO 383Evolution3
Physiology Electives:
BIO 211
211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 225
225L
Physiological Diversity
and Physiological Diversity Lab
4
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 350Cardiovascular Physiology3
Experiential Learning (Biological Component):
BIO 385Experiential Inquiry in Biology1-4
BIO 498Independent Study in Biology1-4
BIO 499Independent Study in Biology1-4
Total Credits103-108
1

All students must complete University Curriculum requirements.

2

Co-requisite courses must be taken simultaneously.

Students choose courses and follow a curriculum determined in consultation with their adviser. The recommended curriculum for the completion of the requirements for the BS in biology follows.

Recommended Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150
150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable I 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151
151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 111
111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC University Curriculum 3
 Credits14
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIO 152
152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
UC Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
CHE 211
211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
UC University Curriculum 3
Open electives 6
 Credits16-17
Third Year
Fall Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
UC University Curriculum 3
Open electives 6
 Credits16-17
Spring Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Open electives 6
UC University Curriculum 3
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIO Biology elective 1 3-4
UC University Curriculum 3
UC Capstone 3
Open electives 4
 Credits13-14
Spring Semester
UC University Curriculum 6
Open electives 8
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-124
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Some biology courses have no laboratory component and are 3-credit rather than 4-credit courses.

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students intending to pursue graduate or professional studies (medicine, dentistry, osteopathy or veterinary medicine) are advised to complete at least one semester of calculus. A minimum of MA 141 is required for graduation. BIO 150/BIO 150LBIO 151BIO 151L and BIO 152/BIO 152L are required for graduation. Students intending to pursue studies in professional health care fields are advised to complete additional courses chosen in consultation with their adviser.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Premedical Studies Program

Students majoring in Health Science Studies, Biology, Biomedical Sciences or the natural science track of Behavioral Neuroscience may fully participate in the premedical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students should refer to Premedical Studies for more information about the premedical studies program and contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.