May 23, 2018
For further information about this major, contact the Biology Coordinator (Dr. Preston Garcia): Preston.Garcia@Castleton.edu
A comprehensive program in biology that prepares students for admission into graduate schools, admission into professional schools, a career in biology, or a career in secondary education. The program includes a capstone research project and presentation requirement that integrates students' knowledge across the biological and physical sciences and demonstrates their quantitative, intellectual, and communication skills.
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Biology will demonstrate:
Knowledge and Understanding of Biological Concepts
- Ability to define and explain the boundaries, foundational theoretical constructs, and practices in the major subdivisions of biology: Evolution and Diversity of Life, Ecology, Organismal Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Genetics.
- Fluency in the use of tools, technologies, and methods in the laboratory and natural environment.
- Ability to construct a summative project or paper that draws on current research, scholarship, and/or techniques in the field of biology.
- Ability to make systematic observations, construct hypotheses, and make predictions, design and experiment, interpret data, and form conclusions based on the data.
- Ability to locate, comprehend, assess, and apply the scholarly work of scientists according to accepted practices.
- Ability to communicate scientific information, both orally and in writing, according to accepted practices in the field of biology.
- Ability to use appropriate mathematical and statistical methods to evaluate and interpret biological data.
- Ability to integrate the physical sciences (chemistry and physics) with biology.
- A clear understanding of the issues and involvement of biology in modern society.
BS in Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
The MBB Concentration is specially designed for students interested in careers in medicine (pre-medical, -dental, or -veterinary school), pharmaceutical sciences, or biomedical research.
Complete the following courses required of all BIO majors (50 cr):
And complete these courses for the Concentration in MBB (14-16 cr):
(Credits required for the major: 64-66 cr)
And complete the university's Gen Ed requirements
Review the Gen Ed requirements.
Students interested in admission to medical school should choose one or more of the following as part of their Gen Ed requirement:
Note on research
To perform the significant research activity necessary to complete the capstone project (BIO 4620), students may elect to enroll in:
Pharmacy Degree (CU/ACPHS 3+4)
This major participates in the 3+4 program with Albany School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, in which highly-focused students can earn a Bachelor's degree in just three years at CU and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in four years at ACPHS.
For details, see the Pharmacy Degree page .