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Biology (B.A.) (Fall 2008)

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, College of Science and Technology

Effective Fall 2008

Biology majors should schedule 50.290 Writing in Biology in their sophomore year. If 50.290 cannot be scheduled, 20.201 English Composition II may be substituted. In addition to general education requirements, additional free elective hours are required to meet the university requirement of 120 hours for a baccalaureate degree.

Foreign language requirement. Choose any one of the following courses: 10.101 French 1,10.102 French 2, 10.203 French 3; 10.204 French 4; 11.101 German 1, 11.102 German 2, 11.203 German 3, 11.204 German 4; 12.101 Spanish 1;12.102 Spanish 2, 12.203 Spanish 3, 12.204 Spanish 4; 13.102 Russian 2, 13.203 Russian 3, 13.204 Russian 4; 14.102 Italian 2; or 16.106 Chinese 2.

A maximum of 3 cr hr of 50.490 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree. A maximum of 6 cr hr from among 50.390, 50.391, 50.490, 50.493 and 50.494 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree.

Students intending to apply to graduate programs in Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant are strongly encouraged to pursue the B.A. in Biology.

Pre-Physical Therapy - Physical therapists examine, diagnose, and treat patients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiac, neurological, and pulmonary problems. They carry out programs to help increase a patient's strength and flexibility, to relieve pain, and to help limit permanent physical disabilities. Most physical therapy degree programs are now at the doctoral level, although there are still a few at the master's level. Students complete a bachelor's degree (we strongly recommend the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology) at Bloomsburg then transfer to a physical therapy program where they earn a masters (M.S. PT) or a doctoral (D.PT) degree. These programs are usually 2 or 3 years in length. Bloomsburg students have been admitted to many different schools; there are 14 in Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg has affiliation agreements with Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel-Hahnemann University that guarantee admission to our students providing specific undergraduate requirements are met.

Pre-Physician Assistant - Physician assistants work under the supervision of and in collaboration with physicians. They provide a broad range of diagnostic, educational, and therapeutic patient care services. There is currently a great deal of variation in the length of physician assistant education programs and the degrees granted. Some programs offer certificates of completion, some offer bachelor's degrees, and others offer master's degrees. Students may complete 2 or 3 years of core science and math courses at Bloomsburg and then transfer into a physician assistant program, or they can complete the Bachelor of Arts in Biology and then transfer into a masters PA degree program. Bloomsburg students have been admitted into many different physician assistant schools; there are 14 in Pennsylvania.

Required courses

50.114 Concepts in Biology I

50.115 Concepts in Biology II

50.242 Microbiology

50.271 Cell Biology

50.332 Genetics

50.351 Ecology

50.479 Integrated Physiology Laboratory

And at least one of the following physiology lecture courses:

50.472 Animal Cell Physiology
50.474 Vertebrate Systems Physiology
50.477 Plant Physiology
50.478 Microbial Physiology
50.480 Comparative Animal Physiology

53.141 Introduction to Statistics

Physical Sciences

52.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I

52.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II

52.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry or 54.111 Introduction to Physics I

And 13 additional biology (minimum of 9 credits in biology) and other science electives to total 43 total credits for the major.

Biology and Other Science Electives - choose from the following:

50.200 Dendrology
50.211 Invertebrate Zoology
50.212 Vertebrate Zoology
50.222 Comparative Biology of Plants
50.233 Human Genetics
50.252 Field Zoology
50.263 Field Botany
50.331 Embryology
50.333 Molecular Biology
50.342 Medical Microbiology
50.343 Immunology
50.350 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
50.364 Vertebrate Histology
50.390 Undergraduate Research in Biology I
50.391 Undergraduate Research in Biology II
50.411 Radiation Biology
50.430 Evolution
50.431 Developmental Biology
50.432 Microbial and Molecular Genetics
50.435 Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis
50.442 Virology of Mammals
50.444 Plant and Animal Tissue Culture
50.450 Mycology
50.451 Conservation Biology
50.452 Limnology
50.457 Entomology
50.459 Ornithology
50.460 Population Biology
50.461 Animal Behavior
50.472 Animal Cell Physiology
50.474 Vertebrate Systems Phyisiology
50.476 Neurophysiology
50.477 Plant Physiology
50.478 Microbial Physiology
50.481 Senior Seminar in Biology
50.484 Methods in Biotechnology
50.489 Current Topics in Biology
50.490 Internship in Biological and Allied Health Sciences
50.493 Honors Independent Study I
50.494 Honors Independent Study II
52.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
52.341 Biochemistry I
52.342 Biochemistry II
53.123 Essentials of Calculus
54.111 Introduction to Physics I
54.112 Introduction to Physics II
55.221 Marine Invertebrates
55.241 Marine Biology
55.250 Wetland Ecology
55.260 Marine Ecology
55.298 Physiology of Marine Invertebrates
55.300 Behavior of Marine Organisms
55.330 Tropical Invertebrates
55.342 Marine Botany
55.343 Marine Icthyology
55.345 Comparative Physiology of Marine Organisms
55.341 Ecology of Marine Plankton
55.432 Marine Evolutionary Ecology
55.441 Biology of Molluscs
55.464 Biological Oceanography
55.470 Research Diver Methods
55.490 Marine Aquaculture
55.491 Coral Reef Ecology
55.492 Marine Mammals
55.493 Behavioral Ecology