Students majoring in biology will gain a solid foundation in the discipline while having the flexibility to tailor the degree to their interests and career goals.

biology student studying botanyCurriculum plans are available for students pursuing an emphasis in genetics as well as for those who wish to focus on cell and molecular biology or ecology and organismal biology. Additional curriculum plans are available for students interested in attending graduate school (to obtain an MS or Ph.D. degree) or one of the many professional school (to obtain a DDS, DVM, MD, OD, OT, PA, or PT degree) after graduation. In addition to specifying particular biology courses, most biology curriculum plans include recommended courses in chemistry, physics, and psychology to properly prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce or admission to graduate and professional schools.

 

Biology Honors Program

Students majoring in biology will qualify for a BS with Honors in Biology if the following requirements are met:

  1. Successful completion of the program for the BS in Biology or the BS in Biology with an emphasis in genetics;
  2. Completion of an additional 5 hours of biology coursework at the 300 level or above;
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all biology courses;
  4. Cumulative overall grade point average of 3.5 or better; and
  5. Completion of a laboratory or field research project in which:
    1. The research proposal is approved by a majority of the biology faculty. (This would normally occur in the fall semester of the junior year.)
    2. The research is of sufficient quality to justify four semester hours credit (BIOL 407, BIOL 408, BIOL 409, BIOL 410, or BIOL 412).
    3. The research results are presented as follows:
      1. by public seminar at Lander University
      2. at a scientific meeting and/or by submission of a paper for publication in an appropriate scientific journal.


Transfer students may graduate with Honors in Biology if they fulfill the above requirements and have a 3.5 GPA overall and in biology from their former institution(s) and complete their last 60 hours, including at least 20 hours of biology, at Lander University.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6

CHEM 111

4

MATH 211

3
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
MATH 121 or MATH 123 or ​MATH 141 3-4
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0

CHEM 112

4
Approved General Education Electives2

5-6

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 111  4
BIOL 112 4
BIOL 299 1
BIOL 303 3
BIOL 312 4
BIOL 399 1
BIOL 499 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS  CREDIT HOURS
Organismal diversity (BIOL 213 or BIOL 214) 4
BIOL 308 or BIOL 313 or BIOL 401 4
BIOL 307 or BIOL 403 or BIOL 422 4
BIOL 306 or BIOL 311 or BIOL 415 or BIOL 421 4
CHEM 221 4

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 200-level or above 4
BIOL 300-level or above 4
   
Total Major Program Requirements 46
Additional Electives 32
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • No more than 4 hours of 200-level elective biology courses will be counted toward major program requirements.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses