Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Department Chair: Wendy L. Kimber, Ph.D.


Students interested in careers in many areas of biology and the biomedical sciences can earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Stevenson University. The biology program provides students with a broad biological background in environmental, organismal, cellular, and molecular biology. By choosing additional electives in areas of special interest, students are then able to tailor their studies to suit their future goals. Independent research is integrated into coursework at all levels, and critical thinking and teamwork skills are emphasized.

Our graduates are well prepared for careers in industry or research, admission to graduate school in biology or related fields and admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, or other health profession schools.


Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biology, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of fundamental biological principles to the description and analysis of living systems.
  2. Apply research skills and techniques to the investigation of biological questions.
  3. Evaluate scientific issues and findings using appropriate sources.
  4. Communicate scientific findings in written and oral formats appropriate to the audience.
  5. Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
  6. Apply academic preparation to professional experiences outside the classroom.


Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course* unless he/she earns a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

A student must maintain a science and math GPA of 2.0 or better in each semester in order to remain in good standing within the major. Grades are reviewed each semester and students are notified in writing of their academic status in the major, as appropriate:

-          Probation: The student who earns a science and math GPA less than 2.0 in one semester will be notified, in writing, by the Department Chair that he or she is on probation in the Fine School of the Sciences. Students who are on probation will be required to meet regularly with their Success Coach/Academic Advisor for at least one full semester after being put on probation.

-          Dismissal: The student who earns a science and math GPA less than 2.0 for a second semester will be notified, in writing, by the Department Chair that he or she is dismissed from the applied mathematics, biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, or environmental science major.

* Science and mathematics courses are defined as courses with the designation: BIO, BIOCH, BME, CHEM, ENV, FSCI, MATH, PHYS, or SCI.


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in biology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 112Principles of General Biology

3 credits


BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit


BIO 113HLHonors - General Biology I Laboratory

1 credit

BIO 114General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms

3 credits

BIO 114LGeneral Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms

1 credit

BIO 115General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution

3 credits

BIO 115LGeneral Biology III Laboratory: Ecology and Evolution

1 credit

BIO 218Career Connections in the Life Sciences

1 credit

BIO 230Genetics

4 credits

BIO 235LDiversity of Life

1 credit

BIO 470Capstone Internship

3 credits


BIO 471Capstone Internship

6 credits

BIO 475Capstone Seminar

3 credits

CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving

3 credits


CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 115SGeneral Chemistry I SoLVE

0 credits

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116SGeneral Chemistry II SoLVE

0 credits

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

Biology Electives (take 6 electives)

Take six courses from the following courses listed below according to the following criteria:

  • A minimum of three courses at the 300 or 400 level
  • A minimum of three lab courses
  • A maximum of two courses with the BIOCH, ENV or MLS designation
  • A maximum of one research course from BIO 362, BIO 365, BIOCH 362, BIOCH 365, ENV 362, ENV 365

BIO 203, BIO 210, BIO 217, BIO 222, BIO 270, BIO 280, BIO 307, BIO 310, BIO 312, BIO 313, BIO 314, BIO 315, BIO 322, BIO 326 BIO 330, BIO 332, BIO 335, BIO 362, BIO 365, BIOCH 327, BIOCH 345L, BIOCH 362, BIOCH 365, BIOCH 427, ENV 213, ENV 255, ENV 260, ENV 275, ENV 280, ENV 285, ENV 310, ENV 320, ENV 330, ENV 340, ENV 360, ENV 362, ENV 365, ENV 375, ENV 410, ENV 420, ENV 430, MLS 210, MLS 310, MLS 310L, MLS 325, MLS 325L, MLS 330, MLS 330L.

Students can take either BIO 217 or BIOCH 327 but not both. Students can take BIO 322 or BIO 326 but not both.

Suggested Course Sequence

2020-2021 Biology - MFS BIO SCS

2020-2021 Biology SCS

Minor in Biology

The minor in biology requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a BIO prefix. For biology courses with a separate lab co-requisite, both the lab and lecture for the course must be taken; however, the lab does not count as a separate course toward the minor.
Courses ineligible for the biology minor include:

  • BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues

Please see the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for further information regarding this minor. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

Biology Department Honors Requirements:

Eligible students majoring in biology may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Biological Sciences. The intention to pursue biology department honors must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year. To declare the intent to pursue department honors, a student must have earned a science GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Students graduating with biology department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with department honors, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a 400-level capstone experience with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of BIO 440 Seminar Topics in Biology with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of an Honors Contract Project in an upper-level biology course. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in the course in which an Honors Contract Project is completed. The student must submit a contract project proposal to be approved by department faculty before beginning the project. The final project must be approved by department faculty in order to receive honors credit.
  • A science GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation

BA Option: Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.

BS/MFS Option: The BS/MFS option is available for students majoring in biology who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master’s degree in forensic science. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degrees in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into this BS/MFS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. Please see the Forensic Science section of this catalog for more information.

BS/MAT Option: The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in biology who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. Please see Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.

Service-Learning Options: Service learning options are offered periodically with some biology courses. Please consult the course instructor or the department chair if you have any questions.

Course Descriptions

See Biology Course Descriptions.

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