Biology

Minor

  • Gain knowledge of living forms and of modern advances 
  • Minor programs for science and non-science majors
  • 18 credit requirement

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Meghan

I’m a Vaccine Specialist for Sanofi Pasteur in the Washington D.C. metro area.

In my role, I promote the importance and effectiveness of immunizations; educate on recommendations and burden of disease; and drive revenue growth by analyzing market trends, developing and maintaining business, and selling pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccines in the healthcare community. With the collaboration of my company and team, I focus daily on our vision: A world in which no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.

Marywood University’s MBA program helped with my current position by providing a strong foundation to hone my business management knowledge, leadership, and analytical skills.  The small class settings allowed for a personal approach in learning and discussing important current business trends and issues.  This has led to my success in my career and in personal growth.

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.S. Biology


The Biology Program at Marywood University is designed to: (a) offer a broad base knowledge of living forms and of modern advances in the biological sciences; (b) develop a sense of organization and continuity in nature; (c) foster an awareness of the individual’s responsibilities to the world and environment, and (d) prepare the student for professional, educational, high-technology, and industrial careers.

Our program offers sufficient flexibility to prepare students for future studies in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology research, environmental science, grad­uate school, education, and to enter the ancillary fields of the health professions, such as medical, dental, or veterinary school.

The student’s choice of elective courses in science for a graduate or professional program is based on the requirements and recommended courses of the college or university. Advisors from the Science Department will assist in these choices.

A minimum of 44 credits and 30 science elective credits for a total of 74 science credits is required for degree completion. The required courses are:

BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
2
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
OR
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 331, 331L Organic Chemistry I
4
CHEM 332, 332L Organic Chemistry II
4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I
4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II
4
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3

Elect One:

MATH 201** Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
3
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology
3

Plus a minimum of 30 credits selected from:

BIOL 201, 201L Human Gross Anatomy 4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology 4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology 4
BIOL 281 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BIOL 305 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
BIOL 332, 332L Immunology 4
BIOL 351 Evolution 3
BIOL 421, 421L Biochemistry I
4
BIOL 422 Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 454 Undergraduate Research 2
BIOL 498 Internship 3
BIOL 499 Independent Study 1,2,3
CHEM 312 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 398, 398L Chemical Analysis 3
CHEM 499 Independent Study 1,2,3
ENVS 420, 420L Ecology 4
MATH 202** Calculus with Analytical Geometry II 3

**MATH 201/202 is recommended for pre­-professional and graduate schools.

Other science elective courses can be taken with permission of the department chairperson.

Minor in Biology/Majors other than Science


Students in majors other than Science may elect a minor in Biology. A minimum of 18 credits is required. Required courses are:

BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4

Elect One:

BIOL 121, 121L Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BIOL 122, 122L Anatomy and Physiology II
4

Plus two additional 200+ level Biology courses selected after consultation with the department chairperson.

B.S Biotechnology


The B.S. Biotechnology program aims to prepare students for a career in the broad field of biotechnology. As biotech encompasses molecular research, genomics, DNA forensics, bioinformatics (biocomputing), chemistry, and environmental bioremediation, as well as administration, management, patent law, and other “business” areas, graduates will be positioned to compete for a wide range of positions. Moreover, graduates will receive the foundation for application to and success in graduate, professional (e.g. Medical, Veterinary), law, or business schools.

The specific goals of the program are to prepare students with professional training and technical skills, in addition to providing students with the ability to criti­cally evaluate biotechnology advances and applications in the healthcare field, phar­maceutical industry, and environment. We now live in a molecular society, in the post­-genomic era, with scientific breakthroughs that affect us all. B.S. Biotech grad­uates will make a difference in how society will use these innovative and scientific advances.

For the first two years of study, the B.S. Biotechnology course curriculum paral­lels that of other Science Department programs. This sequence is designed to provide the fundamental technical and intellectual expertise. The major will provide special­ized Biotech program courses during the third and fourth years that include a Senior Research Project. A minimum of 57 credits and 18 science elective credits for a total of 75 science credits is required for degree completion.

The required courses are:

BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 331, 331L Organic Chemistry I
4
CHEM 332, 332L Organic Chemistry II
4
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
2
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
OR
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
4
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3
MATH 201** Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
3
OR
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology
3
PHIL 404 Biomedical Ethics (recommended)
3
BIOL 281 Introduction to Biotechnology
3
BIOL 383 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
3
BIOL 302 Bioinformatics
3
BIOL 401 Cell Culture
3
BIOL 455 Senior Biotech Research Project
2

Electives (plus a minimum of 18 credits selected from):

ENVS 420, 420L Ecology 4
CHEM 312 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 398, 398L Chemical Analysis 3
BIOL 305 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
BIOL 498 Internship 3
BIOL 421, 421L Biochemistry I
4
BIOL 422 Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 332, 332L Immunology 4
BIOL 201, 201L Human Gross Anatomy 4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology 4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I 4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II 4
MATH 202** Calculus with Analytical Geometry II 3

**MATH 201/202 is recommended for pre-­professional and graduate schools.

Other Science elective courses can be taken with the permission of the department chairperson.

B.S. Biology Pre-Chiropractic Program


The accelerated Pre-chiropractic Program is designed to allow students to begin the study of chiropractic medicine at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) during their senior year. Students study at Marywood University for three years, matriculating for 104 credits in basic science and liberal arts requirements. The fourth year is spent at NYCC. A student will have preferred admission to NYCC if a minimum QPA of 3.25 is maintained for the three years of study at Marywood. An overall QPA of 2.50 or higher is required, with a grade of C or better in science courses, as is completion of a minimum of 90 credits, for NYCC entry. A student who successfully completes all course work in the first two trimesters at NYCC, who is registered for DEAN 050 (through Marywood) during the spring semester of their first year at NYCC—and whose transcripts have been submitted to the Registrar’s office by February of that year, will be granted a bachelor of science degree in biology from Marywood. Marywood University will accept a selected 22 credits from NYCC, provided a minimum average QPA of 2.50 has been maintained in those selected courses. The student would then continue study at NYCC for two years and four months. Successful completion leads to a doctor of chiropractic degree.

The following Science courses (51 credits) are required at Marywood:

BIOL 201, 201L Human Gross Anatomy
4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology
4
BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
4
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 331, 331L Organic Chemistry I
4
CHEM 332, 332L Organic Chemistry II
4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I
4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II
4

Elect One:

MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
3
MATH 216 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
3

Normally the following courses or their equivalents will be accepted from New York Chiropractic College based on discretion of Marywood Science Department chairperson (22 credits available).

ANO 6102 Cell and Tissue Biology
5
ANA 6104 Neuroscience I
5
ANA 6205 Neuroscience II
5
BCH 6203 Biochemistry of Nutrition/Metabolism
2
BCH 6101 Principles of Biochemistry
3
AST 6304 Basic Human Nutrition I
2

B.S. Biology/Secondary Education


A total of 55 Science credits is required to complete the degree, in addition to Education Department credits and Liberal Arts credit requirements. The following courses are required for all Biology Education majors.

BIOL 122, 122L Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
4
BIOL 351 Evolution
3
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
2
BIOL 411B Curriculum Methods and Materials
4
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
4
OR
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry I
4
ENVS 420, 420L Ecology
4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I
4
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3

Elect One:

MATH 201 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
3
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology
3

In addition, students must fulfill the requirements of the Department of Education (total of 34 Education credits). The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

 

Professional Education Requirements for Teacher Education Programs in Biology or General Science

EDUC 001-003 Field Experience 0
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education .5, .5
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
PSY 252 Adolescent Psychology 3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology 3
SPED 367* Behavioral Management recommended 3
EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442/SPED300 Student Teaching/CurriculumAdaptations 9, 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials, and Assessment ELL 3

*require upper level screening

Additional critical information is contained in the Education section of the catalog.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pre-Physician Assistant Studies (B.S. Biology)

The Pre-­professional phase of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program is completed in the Science Department. Students with no previous college-­level study begin a program of liberal arts core requirements and science courses to prepare for admittance to the professional phase of the PA program, which grants a Master’s Degree in PA (see the Marywood University graduate catalogue PA program section for more details).

Students with some previous college experience may apply to the Pre-Professional Program. Admitted students will then complete all liberal arts core requirements and prerequisite sciences. (For information about the opportunity to receive advanced placement based upon proven competence in specific subject areas, see “Additional Ways of Earning University Credit” in the “Degree Information” section of this catalog.) Such transfer students must have a 2.50 QPA minimum and must have earned a C+ or better in science classes transferred however, a minimum grade of B in General Chemistry, General Biology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology courses is required for admission to the PA professional phase.

For acceptance into the Pre-Physician Assistant Program, students must have a minimum of a 1450 combined on all three sections of the SAT, with a minimum of 500 in the Math section. For students with ACT scores, a minimum of 21 is required. Students who do not meet the above criteria may be accepted into the Science Department as “Undeclared with an interest in Pre-Physician Assistant” studies.

Pre-Professional Program Requirements
Students in the pre-professional phase are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.00, as well as a 3.00 (B) in each prerequisite Science course or lab (see courses above), to be considered eligible for admission to the professional phase.

BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I 4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 201, 201L Gross Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology 4
BIOL 332, 332L Immunology 4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 222, 222L Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 170
Mathematical Applications in Biology
3
OR    
MATH 201 Calculus  I 3
MATH 216 Statistics 3
N D 112 Nutrition I 3
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech Communication 2

 

Professional Program Phase

Students who have successfully met all required liberal arts core requirements and science prerequisites may apply for admission to the professional program, following their second year as Pre­-PA. These students are guaranteed an interview with the PA interview committee. Those students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree at Marywood or another accredited institution are not required to complete the liberal arts core requirements (see Degree Information in this catalog), but must have the prerequisite science courses to be considered for admis­sion to the professional program. For complete information on M.S. in PA degree, see the Physician Assistant section of the graduate catalog.

Students Not Admitted to Professional Program Phase

Students who are not accepted to the Professional Program Phase may continue in the Science Department and complete another degree program or complete a Pre-PA/Health Sciences Degree. The requirements for the Pre-PA/B.S. Health Sciences degree include all of the Pre-Professional Program requirements listed above plus:

BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone

2

CHEM 221, 221L, 222, 222L and BIOL 332, 332L taken during the Pre-professional phase count towards the 20 credits. Additional suggestions include:

BIOL 281

Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BIOL 302 Bioinformatics
3
BIOL 305 Neuroscience 3
BIOL 404, 404L Molecular & Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I 4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II
4

24 Other Electives - Suggestions Include:

BUS 112 Principles of Management 3
N D 213 Nutrition II 3
N D 300 Theory of Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
PSYC 314 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 319 Health Psychology 3
PSYC 330 Computer Applications in Psychology and Health Science
3
SOC 305 Medical Sociology 3
SOC 402 Dying & Death in American Society 3
PA Summer Courses* PA 310, 322, 340, 370, 580  
PA Fall Courses* PA 311, 320A, 330, 341, 350, 371, 390  

*For students who are unsuccessful academically in the PA Professional Phase.