2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.

Baccalaureate Degree and Residency Requirements

All requirements for an undergraduate degree are listed under academic policies and regulations in the introductory section for undergraduate programs in this catalog. These requirements include general education requirements and a graduation requirement of at least one course in religion or theology. In addition to the degree and residency requirements of the university and the department, all students must take a nationally normalized science exit exam.

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements are presented in the undergraduate academic information section in this catalog. A course that meets a general education requirement may also meet a course requirement for the major or a course requirement in another discipline. For the majors within the biological and physical sciences, the general education coursework will require 44-45 credits, depending upon the math and life-science courses taken.

The Biology Core

The Biology core of courses gives students a foundation in Biology, while allowing the opportunity for students to focus their upper-division coursework in areas of interest. The subcategories include coursework in Organismal Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environment and Ecology, and Professional Skills.

Major Approval for Biology

Approval to continue coursework for the major may be requested during the second semester of the sophomore year, or after the completion of 45 credit hours at Fontbonne. For transfer students, approval to continue coursework for the major may be requested if the meet the criteria. Students seeking major approval must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale as well as a GPA of 2.5 in the courses specified below. All courses for the major must be passed with a C- or better.

  • Three courses in biology
  • Two courses in chemistry

General Education Requirements in Biology

The following specific general education courses are required for the biology major. All other general education courses are unspecified.

* BIO 108  (3 credits), with recommendation of instructor and approval of department chair, may substitute for BIO 112 . This substitution would not transfer to other institutions, would not satisfy some medical- or graduate-program requirements, and the student must adjust total credit hours accordingly.

Courses Required in Biology

The Biology Core (18 Credits)

Plus Any One of the Following (3 credits)

Biology Subcategories

A minimum of one course is required in each category below plus 2 additional courses from any category.

Professional Skills Minimum of 2 Credits, Maximum of 10 Credits

*Meets requirement for Mission Core II and Writing Intensive

Courses Required in Other Disciplines

One Course from the Following (3-4 credits)

Choose One Physics Sequence (8 credits)

Optional Chemistry courses

(Both courses required for chemistry minor)

recommended for students planning to attend graduate programs or medical school.