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
B.A. Degree                                                                       BIO 101, 102, 123, 200, 222, 224, 303, 401, 402, 412, 2 additional 300-400 level courses.  At least one must include a lab.
CHM 111, 112, 121 and 122 or 201 and 202
MAT 113 (or equivalent) and 213
At least one course and lab from each category:
Written Communication: ENG 210, 211, 304, 305
Oral Communication: ENT 120, 140; ENG 130
Business: ACC 200; BUS 206; CIS 310; MKT 205

B.S. Degree                                                                       BIO 101, 102, 123, 200, 222, 303, 401, 402, 412
CHM 111, 112, 121 and 122 or 201 and 202
MAT 113 and 115 or 121, 213                                       PHY 211 and 212
At least one course and lab from each category:
Animal Form and Function: BIO 308/309, 406, 408, or 404
Animal Diversity: BIO 300, 311 or 314
Taxonomic Diversity: BIO 304; 316 or 407                        Recommended: PHY 221,222

Minor Requirements
BIO 101, 102, 123, 200, 222, 303, 401, 402
At least one course from two of the following four tiers including one course with a laboratory:                            Animal Form and Function: BIO 308/309, 406, 408, 404                                                                                Animal Diversity: BIO 300, 311, 314                            Taxonomic Diversity: BIO 304, 316, 407                            Biology Care: BIO 303, 401, 402

 

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: 15


Spring Semester Credits
BIO 222 Evolution 3
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: 14

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 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
ACC 200, BUS 206, 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: 15


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
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 112 General Chemistry I Lab 1
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


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
ENG 112 Writing II 3
MAT 122 Calculus II 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 222 Evolution 3
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
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 311 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
BIO 303 Genetics 4
BIO 300, 311, 314 Animal Diversity 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 406, 408 or 404 Animal Form & Function 4
PSY/SOC Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14


Spring Semester Credits
BIO 304, 316 or 407 Taxonomic Diversity 3-4
International Studies Requirement 3
PHY 221 General Physics II 3 (Recommended)
PHY 222 General Physics Lab II 1 (Recommended)
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 13-14

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 4
Ethics Requirement 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 3
HIS/POL Social Science Requirement 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16