Baylor University
Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

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Undergraduate Programs

Currently the Biology Department offers four main curricula for the completion of an undergraduate degree in biology. All students majoring in biology take a general core curriculum designed to introduce them to the basic fields of biology. These courses, Modern Concepts of Bioscience 1305 and 1306 and the laboratory courses Bio 1105 and 1106 and Genetics 2306 cover the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs as well as genetics, biotechnology, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. All majors must also complete the biology achievement test (Bio 4001) in their senior year.

Biology Program Description and Biology Requirements

Pre-Biology

Students interested in biology as a major will choose the pre-biology designation upon enrollment at Baylor. To declare a major in Biology (BA or BS, all concentrations), a student must complete, with grades of "C" or better, either BIO 1305-1105 or 1405; and either BIO 1306-1106 or 1406; or their equivalents. Students may transfer credit for these courses (assuming grades of "C" or better) as long as the courses were taken prior to initial matriculation at Baylor. Students may repeat each of these introductory courses only once if they fail to make a "C" or better the first time they take the course. Students may only remain in the pre-biology program designation until completion of 60 hours. Students who have not met the admission requirement at 60 hours will not advance to the biology major and must change degree programs. Students who transfer credit to Baylor for BIO 1305-1150 or 1405 and BIO 1306-1106 or 1406, all with grades of "C" or better, on their record will be eligible to declare biology as a major upon initial enrollment at Baylor. Students who earn credit for introductory biology via standardized testing (example, AP=5) may declare biology as a major even if they elect to take the introductory course sequence.

General Biology (BA or BS)

This program offers a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to your interest. It is appropriate for students who desire a strong, diverse background in biology in preparation for graduate school or teaching. The general program is also appropriate for students desiring careers as technicians in biotechnology or other research settings.

31 total hours; genetics lab, 1 field course, 1 physiology course, 1 morphology course and 7 hours of electives

Pre-Health Care (B.A. or B.S.)

Many biology majors at Baylor University are pre-health care students. This program is designed to prepare students for medical or dental school or graduate school in medical and molecular biology. The most common sequence of upper level courses include vertebrate physiology, cell physiology, vertebrate histology, immunology, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, and bacteriology. This program is also appropriate for students interested in veterinary medicine, medical technology, or other health related professions. Graduates will also be prepared to work in technical areas in molecular biology as research technicians or assistants.

31 total hours; genetics lab, human physiology, cell physiology, 1 course in morphology and 8 hours of electives

Ecology (B.S. only)

The ecology program invites students who are interested in the biology of organisms that exist within the broad array of natural environments. Faculty specialties in aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation, and spatial analysis provide students many opportunities for study related to their environmental-related career paths. The ecology program emphasizes hands-on experience for students with most courses taught through field activities. A capstone experience for students is the summer field program which students may take at Baylor or at a number of approved off-campus programs at established field sites.

37 total hours; Ecology, Limnology, Taxonomy of Flowering Plants, Plant Physiology or Human Physiology, Field station experience, and 6 hours of electives.

Science Education (BA or BS)

Students interested in teaching secondary science can meet the requirements for certification through this degree tract. Both the BA and BS degrees require 31 semester hours of biology and the completion of a Minor in Education.

Students will declare the minor through the advising officeof the SOE. The SOE will advisefor the courses in the minor. Please contact Joel Porter.

Minimum grade point average:

Overall, 2.6

Biology, 2.6

Teacher Education, 2.6

Other requirements for recommendation for certification include:

Acceptable scores on the Texas Examination of EducatorsStandards (TExES) for both the teaching area (Science) and Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities.


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