The genetics emphasis is designed for students interested in careers in genetics or biomedical science.

biology student in geneticsBeginning with the solid foundation in biological sciences provided by the standard Bachelor of Science in biology, this program includes additional coursework and experiences in biochemistry, animal development and genetics. All students in the emphasis will complete a laboratory research project in genetics, the results of which will be presented in a public seminar.

 

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
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 121

Mathematics for Business, Life Science, and the Social Sciences
OR MATH 123 Calculus and its Applications
OR MATH 141 Single Variable Calculus I

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
  MATH 211 Statistical Methods I 3
  CHEM 111 General Chemistry 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
BIOL 111  Principles of Biology I 4
BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 299 Sophomore Seminar in Biology 1
BIOL 303 Evolution 3
BIOL 312 Genetics 4
BIOL 399 Junior Seminar in Biology 1
BIOL 499 Senior Seminar in Biology 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS  CREDIT
HOURS
Organismal Diversity (select 1)
BIOL 213BIOL 214
4
Biology Group I: Structure and Function (select 1)
BIOL 308BIOL 313BIOL 401
4
Biology Group II: Biological Information Flow (select 1)
BIOL 307 
4
Biology Group III: Systems Biology (select 1)
BIOL 306BIOL 311BIOL 415BIOL 421
4
BIOL 403 Molecular Genetics 4
BIOL 412 Genetics Research 4
BIOL 498 Genetics Seminar 1
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 4
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 301 Biochemistry 3
PHYS 201 
 

AND PHYS 202 Introductory Physics
OR 
PHYS 211 AND PHYS 212 General Physics

8
     
Total Major Program Requirements 62
Additional Electives 23
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • 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