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)

Undergraduate Plan

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
MAT 113 or 121 College Algebra or Calculus I 3 or 4
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
HIS/POL Social Science Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15-16


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
MAT 115 or 122 Trigonometry or Calculus II 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 14

Fall Semester Credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 112 General Chemistry I Lab 1
BIO 200 Cell Biology 3
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

 


Spring Semester Credits

CHM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 122 General Chemistry II Lab 1
MAT 213 Elementary Statistics 3
BIO 308/309, 406, 408, or 404 3-4
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 13-14

Fall Semester Credits

CHM 301 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 302 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
BIO 303 Genetics 4
PHY 211 General Physics I 3
PHY 212 General Physics I Lab 1
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TOTAL HOURS: 16


Spring Semester Credits

CHM 311 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
BIO 304, 316, or 407 3-4
International Studies Requirement 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15-16

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
BIO 300, 311, or 314 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15-16