Winthrop University: Majors and More - Bachelor of Science in Biology

Majors and More

Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The biology major is frequently chosen by students with career interests related to medicine, environmental science, biological research and teaching, and secondary education in the sciences. Qualified Winthrop students in biology are accepted for postgraduate study in many fields, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physiology, microbiology, ecology, environmental science, botany, zoology, and medical technology.

General Education

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy                     

1

Shared Skills and Proficiencies
   
Writing and Critical Thinking    
    WRIT 101 Composition

3

    HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
    CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing 

3

    Oral Communication Met in major with BIOL 480 0
    Technology Met in major with BIOL 300 & 480 0
    Intensive Writing Met in major with BIOL 300 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines    
    Global Perspectives See approved list;

3

    Historical Perspectives See approved list;

3

Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives

 

    Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators

6

    Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators

6

Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses)  
    Quantitative Skills See approved list 3-4
    Natural Science Met in major with BIOL 220/222 or 220/270 & CHEM 105

0

Subtotal   32-36
Requirements in Major  

64-65

BIOL 202 Freshman Symposium in Biology

0

BIOL 220/222 or 220/270 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biol & Labor SEA PHAGES lab

4-5

BIOL 221/223 or 221/271 Principles in Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiv & lab or SEA PHAGES Bioinfo

4-5

BIOL 300 Scientific Process in Biology

4

BIOL 316 or 317 Principles of Human Genetics, Genetics

3-4

BIOL 480 Integration of Biological Principles

3

BIOL 491, 492 Departmental Seminars

0

Select one course from Areas A, B, and C. Choose an additional course from A, B, or C. At least one course must include a lab.

13-16 

A. Ecology and Evolution

 

BIOL 302 Ecology Evolution of Mammals 

3

BIOL 314 Animal-Plant Interactions

3

BIOL 323 Tropical Water and Coastal Ecology

4

BIOL 403 Ecology

4

BIOL 405 Freshwater Ecology 4
BIOL 407 Environmental Biology 4
BIOL 507 Advanced Environmental Biology 3
BIOL 508 Invertebrate Biology

4

BIOL 513 Organic Evolution

3

BIOL 551 Conservation Biology  
BIOL 552A or B Conservation Biol Practicum A, Conservation Biol Practicum B

3

 
B. Cell and Molecular Biology  
BIOL 315 Cell Biology

4

BIOL 321 Microscopic Anatomy 4
BIOL 422 Developmental Biology 4
BIOL 517 Human Genetics

3

BIOL 519 Mechanisms of Disease

3

BIOL 522 Immunology

4

BIOL 528 Biology of Bone 4
BIOL 529 Stem Cell Biology

4

BIOL 539 Neuroscience and Disease 3
BIOL 555 Molecular Biology

3

BIOL 560 Bioinformatics

3

 
Area C. Biodiversity and Organismal Biology

 

BIOL 303 Field Botany
BIOL 304 Insect Field Studies  4
BIOL 309 Economic Botany
BIOL 310 Microbiology  
BIOL 505 Primate Biology  3
BIOL 508 Invertebrate Biology  4
BIOL 510 Vertebrate Natural History 
BIOL 511 Ornithology 4
BIOL 518 Animal Behavior 
BIOL 524 Advanced Botany 
BIOL 525 Mycology  
BIOL 526 Applied Microbiology 
Area D. Select additional courses to total 42 hours in BIOL from the above areas and from the following:

5-11

BIOL 307 Human Anatomy

4

BIOL 308 Human Physiology

4

BIOL 440 Readings in Biology

1

BIOL 450 (H) Select Topics in Biology, Honors

4

BIOL 461 Academic Internships in Biolog

1

BIOL 463 Academic Internships in Biolog

3

BIOL 471 Undergraduate Research Biology

3

BIOL 530 Current Methods in Microscopy
BIOL 540 Special Topics in Biology

3

(Students must select at least one 500-level BIOL course from among the requirements above.)  
Required Math and Science Courses  
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 106 & 108 General Chemistry II & Laboratory

4

Any MATH (except MATH 291, 292 and any course used to satisfy the Quantitative Skills area)                                                                                 

3-4

 
Mathematics and Science Electives

11

Must be chosen from:  MATH 101, 105, 141, 150, 151, 201, 341 or any MATH with 201 as the pre-requisite. (The MATH course used to satisfy the Quantitative Skills area may not be counted here.); CHEM (any course above 199 except 461, 462 or 463); GEOG 305, 320, or 501 (only one may be applied toward credit in the major); GEOL; PHYS (except 101/102); QMTH 205, 206 (if MATH 141 not selected)
 
Foreign Language Requirement  

3-8 ^

General Electives  

11-21

Total  

120

 ^This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. 

The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of BIOL courses in residence at Winthrop University. No more than 3 semester hours of credit may be awarded toward a degree in Biology for a student completing any combination of BIOL 461 and 463.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

Last Updated: 8/1/19