Biology


Overview & Academics

The Biology program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of living things with examination of plants, animals, and microbes on a microscopic and macroscopic level. Students receive hands-on training using sampling and identification techniques in the lab and in the field.

Department Contact

Heather Louch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Biology Program Coordinator
Pennsylvania State University
hlouch@ncwc.edu
(252) 985-5160

Career Options

Medical, Dentistry, or Veterinary careers (with graduate training)
Public health careers
Academic research in university settings
Research and product development in medical supply and pharmaceutical industries

Major Requirements
BIO 101, 102, 122, 123, 200, 303, 401, 412
CHM 111, 112, 121, 122, 301, 311, 312 or 321, 322
MAT 113 & 115, 121 & 122, 213
PHY 211, 212
At least one course and lab from each category:
Animal Form & Function: BIO 308/309, 406, 408, or 404
Animal Diversity: BIO 300, 311, or 314
Taxonomic Diversity: BIO 304, 316, or 407

Minor Requirements
BIO 101, 102, 122, 123, 200, 303, 401, 402
At least one course from two of the three categories and one lab3 (listed above)

Biology (BA)

Undergraduate Plan

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
MAT 113 College Algebra 3
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16


Spring Semester Credits
BIO 222 Evolution
BIO 123 Methods in General Biology 2
PSY/SOC Social Science Requirement 3
ENG 112 Writing II 3
BIO 200 Cell Biology 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

Fall Semester Credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 112 General Chemistry I Lab 1
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
BIO 224 Intro to Environmental Science 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

 


Spring Semester Credits
CHM 121 or 201 General Chemistry II or
General Organic and Biochemistry Requirement 3
CHM 121 or 201 General Chemistry II or General
Organic and Biochemistry Lab Requirement 1
HIS/POL Social Science Requirement 3
MAT 213 Elementary Statistics
Elective 3
Elective 2
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits

ACC 200, BUS 205, CIS 310, or MKT 205 3
ENG 210, 211, 304, or 305 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14


Spring Semester Credits

BIO 303 Genetics 4
International Studies Requirement 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits

BIO 401 Ecology 3
BIO 402 Ecological Methods 2
ENG Literature Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14


Spring Semester Credits

BIO 412 Senior Seminar 3
ENT 120, 140, or ENG 130 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

Biology (BS)

Undergraduate Plan

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
MAT 121 Calculus I 4
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
HIS/POL Social Science Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16


Spring Semester Credits
BIO 200 Cell Biology 3
BIO 123 Methods in General Biology 2
CHM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 122 General Chemistry II Lab 1
Writing II 3
Calculus II 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 222 Evolution 3
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement
Art/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
CHM 301 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 302 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

 


Spring Semester Credits
MAT 213 Elementary Statistics 3
CHM 301 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 301 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
BIO 303 Genetics 4
BIO 300 or 304 Animal Diversity Tier 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14

Fall Semester Credits

PSY 211 General Physics I 3
PSY 212 General Physics I Lab 1
BIO 308/309 or 407 Animal Form & Function Tier 4
PSY/SOC Requirement 3
Elective
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TOTAL HOURS: 14


Spring Semester Credits

BIO 408 Histology 4
BIO 311 Invertebrate Zoology 4
International Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14

Fall Semester Credits

BIO 401 Ecology 3
BIO 402 Ecological Methods 2
ENG Literature Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14


Spring Semester Credits

BIO 412 Senior Seminar 3
Ethics Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16