BIOLOGY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (as of Fall 2008)
This listing is for general information and is accurate for the 2008-2009 catalog.

 
Biology Major with a Bachelor of Arts Degree
Biology Major with a Bachelor of Science Degree
Secondary Teacher Licensure in Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major
Biology Minor
Descriptions of biology courses

                               

 

The Biology Major with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree
(36-38 semester hours of Biology)
Required Courses:
BIOL 111 (4) - Introduction to Organisms
BIOL 112 (3) - Introduction to Cells
BIOL 113 (1) - Introductory Laboratory Techniques
Senior Exercise :  Choose 1 of the following:
BIOL 351 (3) - Independent Research
       BIOL 450 (1) - Senior Exercise

Choose 27 additional semester hours in biology, including at least 10 semester hours at the 300-level or above (excluding BIOL 377), and an additional 14 semester hours at the 200-level or above. A maximum of 3 semester hours of BIOL 377 may be counted towards the major. BIOL 104 may be counted towards the major if it is taken as a first-year student or as a sophomore.

At least 20 semester hours of coursework applied towards the major must be taken at Sweet Briar College.

 

Required Courses in Biology (36 credits)
BIOL 111 (4) - Introduction to Organisms
BIOL 112 (3) - Introduction to Cells
BIOL 113 (1) - Introductory Laboratory Techniques
BIOL 205 (3) - Genetics
BIOL 310 (4) - Evolution

BIOL 351 (3) - Independent Research
Choose 21 additional semester hours in biology, including at least 7 semester hours at the 300-level or above (excluding BIOL 377), and an additional 11 semester hours at the 200-level or above. A maximum of 3 semester hours of BIOL 377 may be counted towards the major.
Required Courses in other Sciences

Chemistry
CHEM 131 (4) - General Chemistry and
      CHEM 141 (1) - General Chemistry Lab

CHEM 231 (4) - Organic Chemistry I and
      CHEM 233 (1) - Organic Chemistry I Lab

One of the following:
MATH 205 (3) - Applied Statistics
PSYC 219 (4) - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

Choose 12 additional semester hours in biology, chemistry (except CHEM 106, 119, 120, 125), computer science (except CSCI 171), engineering, mathematics (except MATH 106, 113, 211, 213), physics (except PHYS 103, 105, 107, 113, 114), psychology, or from the following courses in environmental studies: ENVR 202, 208, 228, 244, 309, 316, 322, 433, and 416).  Eight of these 12 credits must be in departments other than biology and chemistry.

At least 20 semester hours of coursework applied towards the major must be taken at Sweet Briar College.

 

The Requirements for Secondary Teacher Licensure in Biology

The B.A. or B.S. major in Biology (see above) which must include these specific courses:

A minimum of 16 credit hours in non-biology science courses and 3 semester hours in mathematics or statistics:

BIOL 205 (3) - Genetics
BIOL 310 (4) - Evolution
BIOL 324 (4) - Ecology
At least one course in plant biology (BIOL 104, 214 OR 301)
At least two courses in zoology, and/or anatomy and physiology (any two of BIOL 216, 230, 247, 326)
 
All of the following chemistry courses:
CHEM 131, 141, 231 and 232
Choose 1 of the following mathematics or statistics courses:  
MATH 106 (3) - Statistical Reasoning
MATH 123 (4) - Calculus I
MATH 124 (4) - Calculus II
MATH 205 (3) - Applied Statistics
PSYC 219 (4) - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
Choose 1 of the following physics courses:
PHYS 105 - Physics for Liberal Arts I
PHYS 121 - Principles of Physics I
PHYS 171 - General Physics I

Choose 1 of the following earth science courses
ENVR 131 (3) - Physical Geography: Landscapes
PHYS 113 (3) - Astronomy for the Liberal Arts

Students interested in science education should discuss these program requirements with advisors from both the Biology and Education Departments.  Students who would like to become endorsed in a second area of science (Chemistry or Physics) need to complete an additional 18 credit hours of study in the second field which must include any specific requirements in that field.

 

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (B.S. Degree)
(74 semester hours) 

Biology   (17 semester hours required)

Chemistry (38 semester hours required)

Required Courses:
BIOL 112 (3) - Introduction to Cells
BIOL 113 (1) - Introductory Laboratory Techniques
BIOL 205 (3) - Genetics
BIOL 228 (4) - Microbiology
BIOL 342 (4) - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 344 (2) - Experimental Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
Required Courses:
CHEM 131 (4) - General Chemistry
CHEM 141 (1) - General Chemistry Lab
CHEM 231 (4) - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 232 (4) - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233 (1) - Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 234 (1) - Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 252 (4) - Introduction to Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 253 (1) - Introduction to Quant. and Inorg. Chem. Lab

CHEM 321 (3) - Biochemistry I
CHEM 322 (3) - Biochemistry II
CHEM 331 (3) - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CHEM 332 (3) - Physical Chemistry: Kinetics and Thermodynamics
CHEM 341 (3) - Intermediate Laboratory I
CHEM 342 (3) - Intermediate Laboratory II
Mathematical Sciences (8 semester hours required)
Required Courses:
MATH 123 (4) - Calculus I
MATH 124 (4) - Calculus II
Physics (8 semester hours required)
Required Courses:
PHYS 171 (4) - General Physics I
PHYS 172 (4) - General Physics II
 
Senior Exercise (3 semester hours)
One of the following courses:
BIOL 351 (3) - Independent Research
CHEM 451 (3) - Senior Research
 

 

The Biology Minor
(18 semester hours of Biology)

Required Courses:
BIOL 111 (4) - Introduction to Organisms
BIOL 112 (3) - Introduction to Cells

BIOL 113 (1) - Introductory Laboratory Techniques
Choose 10 semester hours in biology at the 200 level or above.
At least 9 semester hours of coursework applied towards the minor must be taken at Sweet Briar College.
Note: No more than three credit hours of directed, special, or independent study may be applied toward the minor.  Internship credits may not be applied toward the minor.


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