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Welcome to the Biology Department Saint Louis University. General Information Session The New Advising/Mentoring Program Biology Degrees Offered Choosing the right degree Degree Programs Careers for Biology Majors. Academic Advising and Mentoring for Biology Majors.

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Welcome to the Biology Department

Saint Louis University

General Information Session

The New Advising/Mentoring Program

Biology Degrees Offered

Choosing the right degree

Degree Programs

Careers for Biology Majors


Academic advising and mentoring for biology majors

Academic Advisingand Mentoringfor Biology Majors

Guidelines for Students

Fall 2007


Academic advising biology mentoring for first year students
Academic Advising & Biology Mentoringfor First-Year Students

  • Attend Biology Academic PlanningSession--all first-year students interested in biology are welcome.

    • Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 4, 7-8 pm, Lee Auditorium

    • Learn about requirements for the biology major, course offerings in biology, research and internship opportunities, and career options for biologists

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan course schedule and obtain Registration PIN

  • Register for your spring 2008 courses through Banner (registration for first-year students begins Nov. 26)


Freshmen
Freshmen

When you declare your Biology Major, you will be assigned a mentor in the biology department who will be able to answer your questions about the degree and career opportunities.

In the meantime, you can meet with one of the department’s Co-coordinators of Undergraduate Studies:

Dr. John Severson (MW 111)

Dr. Donald Schreiweis (MW 141)


Biology

The Study of Life

Degree Options for the Interested Student


Degrees Offered by the Department of Biology

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Minor


B.A. Degree

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Freshman Year

Prerequisites for the Major:

BIOL 104: Principles of Biology I

BIOL 106: Principles of Biology II

CHEM 163/5: Introduction to Chemistry I (lecture + lab)

CHEM 164/6: Introduction to Chemistry II (lecture + lab)

Completion of these courses with an average of 2.0 or higher is required before taking any upper division biology course.


B.A. Degree

Required Upper Division Biology Courses

Sophomore Year

BIOL 302: Cellular Biochemistry & Molecular Biology*

BIOL 304: Cell Structure & Function*

Junior and Senior Years

BIOL 303: Principles of Genetics

BIOL 301: Evolutionary Biology

Plus: one upper division plant biology course: BIOL 326, 328, 349, 404, 409, 421, 433, or 476

Plant course will count as an upper division elective for the biology degree.

* Note: Sophomore course sequence is BIOL 302 & 304


B.A. Degree

Upper Division Biology Elective Courses (13 credits)

One upper division biology course must have a laboratory or the student can take BIOL 498: Advanced Independent Study (Research) for 1 credit.

Required B.A. Related Courses:

CHEM 342/344 Principles of Organic Chemistry I (3/1)

CHEM 343/345 Principles of Organic Chemistry II (3/1)

MATH 141: Precalculus (3)


B.A. Degree

Recommended B.A. Related Courses:

PHYS 131/132: Physics I (3/1)

PHYS 133/134: Physics II (3/1)

MATH 142: Calculus I (4)

Statistics, e.g., RMET 410: Introduction to Inferential Statistics (3)

In accordance with the College of Arts & Sciences graduation requirements, a student must obtain at least a 2.00/4.00 overall grade point average in all chemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, other appropriate sciences, and upper division biology courses that are required for the B.A. major degree program.


B.A. Degree

Typical Course of Study

Bachelor of Arts, Biology


B.A. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you with your Career Goals

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.A. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.A. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.A. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.Sc. Degree

Bachelor of Science Degree

Freshman Year

Prerequisites for the Major:

BIOL 104: Principles of Biology I

BIOL 106: Principles of Biology II

CHEM 163/5: Introduction to Chemistry I (lecture + lab)

CHEM 164/6: Introduction to Chemistry II (lecture + lab)

Completion of these courses with an average of 2.0 or higher is required before taking any upper division biology course.


B.Sc. Degree

Required Upper Division Biology Courses

Sophomore Year

BIOL 302: Cellular Biochemistry & Molecular Biology*

BIOL 304: Cell Structure & Function*

Junior and Senior Years

BIOL 303: Principles of Genetics

BIOL 301: Evolutionary Biology

Plus: one upper division plant biology course: BIOL 326, 328, 349, 404, 409, 421, 433, or 476

Plant course will count as an upper division elective for the biology degree.

* Note: Sophomore course sequence is BIOL 302 & 304


B.Sc. Degree

Group C: Cellular, Molecular, Physiological, Morphological, & Develpmental Biology (10 credits)

Choose from the following list:

306 Cell Lab 447 Electron Microscopy

310 Genetics Lab 450 Introductory Endocrinology

312 Experimental Cell Biol. 451 Behavioral Endocrinology

342 Comparative Anatomy 454 Human Cellular Physiology

344 Embryology 455 Biology of Aging

346 Gen. Physiology 460 Developmental Biology

347 Gen. Physiology Lab 461 Developmental Biol. Lab

349 Plant Physiology 463 Immunobiology

402 Vertebrate Reproductive 464 Microbiology

415 Nerve Cell Mechanisms 465 Microbiology Lab

441 Comparative Animal Physiology 470 Molecular Biology

444 Vertebrate Histology 476 Plant Biochemistry

446 Exercise Physiology


B.Sc. Degree

Group D: Ecology, Evolutionary & Systematic Biology (10 credits)

Choose from the following list:

322 Biology of Invertebrates 432 Cave Biology

326 Biology of Plants & Fungi 433 Spring Flora of the Ozarks

328 Ethnobotany 434 Systematic Biology

401 Sex, Evolution & Behavior 435 Biology of Parasitic Organisms

404 Polination Biology 436 Animal Behavior

406 Structure & Function of Ecosystems 437 Animal Behavior Lab

409 Plant Ecology 438 Biology of Mammals

410 Natural History of Vertebrates 440 Applied Ecology

420 Aquatic Ecology 445 Ecological Risk Assessment

421 Biology & Classification of Orchids 448 Conservation Biology

424 General & Medical Entomology 467 Population Biology

426 Biology of Amphibians & Reptiles 468 Landscape Ecology

428 Biology of Fishes 475 General Ecology

431 Biology of Birds


Laboratory Experience:

Three Laboratory Eperiences are required.

Choose at least one (1) lab experience from the Cellular, Molecular group and at least one (1) lab experience from the Ecology, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology group. The third laboratory experience can be from either group

B.Sc. Degree

Required B.Sc. Related Courses:

CHEM 342/344 Principles of Organic Chemistry I (3/1)

CHEM 343/345 Principles of Organic Chemistry II (3/1)

MATH 142: Calculus I (4)

PHYS 131: Physics I (3)

PHYS 133: Physics II (3)

Statistics course (RMET 410, PSY 306, or BIOL 479 (3-4)


B.Sc. Degree

Recommended B.Sc. Related Courses:

PHYS 133: Physics I Lab (1)

PHYS 134: Physics II Lab (1)

MATH 143: Calculus II (4)

In accordance with the College of Arts & Sciences graduation requirements, a student must obtain at least a 2.00/4.00 overall grade point average in all chemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, other appropriate sciences, and upper division biology courses that are required for the B.A. major degree program.


B.Sc. Degree

Typical Course of Study

Bachelor of Science, Biology


B.Sc. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you with your Career Goals

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.Sc. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.Sc. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


B.Sc. Degree

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester


Minor

Biology Minor

Required Courses:

BIOL 104 Principles of Biology I

BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II

CHEM 163/165 Introduction to Chemistry I CHEM 164/166 Introduction to Chemistry II

Completion of these courses with an average of “C” or better is required before advancing to upper division biology courses!


Minor

Upper Division Biology Courses (BIOL 300/400 level): 12 credits

Typically 3 or 4 upper division biology course at the 300 and 400 level will meet the 12 credit minimum for a minor.

Before enrolling in any upper division biology course check for prerequisites.

Your Biology Department Mentor can help you choose elective courses to meet your Career Goals


Which degree b a or b sc
Which degree? B.A. or B.Sc.

B.A. degree:

A&S coursesBiology courses

51-63 hrs Upper division bio 25hrs

1 bio lab, 4 chem, pre-calculus

B.Sc. degree:

A&S coursesBiology courses

48-57 hrs Upper division bio 35hrs

3 bio labs, 4 chem, calculus, 2 physics, stat,

Senior Inquiry


Which degree ba or bsc
Which degree BA or BSc?

B.A.: Less science.

More Theology, Philosophy, Literature, Language

- Easier to double major

B.Sc.: More Bio, Phys, Math, more labs, Research opportunity

Best for graduate school (M.S., Ph.D.)


Certificate in conservation and biodiversity
Certificate in Conservation and Biodiversity

For students interested in careers in Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science.

Requirements: 21 credit hrs including:

Ecology, Conservation Biology, Conservation Internship, Biology electives (5 hrs), Interdisciplinary courses (6 hrs)

For more information: Contact Dr. Valone


Reis biological station
Reis Biological Station

SLU field station in the Ozarks

Offer summer courses (3 weeks late May – early June).

Examples: Cave Biology, Spring

Flora of the Ozarks, Aquatic Biology.

For more information: Dr. Valone


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