See also the molecular biology/biochemistry and environmental science majors. Teacher certification is available in life sciences for grades 5-12.
Major in biology
42-46 credit hours
- Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution 4
- Biol 120, Cell Biology and Genetics 4
- Biol 130, Organismal Biology 4
- Biol 331, Junior Research Seminar 2
- Biol 409, Internship (or alternate) 0-3
- Biol 410, Biology Senior Seminar 1
- Elective laboratory course4
- Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Biol 300, Microbial Biology
- Biol 302, Developmental Biology
- Biol 303, Vertebrate Physiology
- Biol 311, Advanced Molecular Genetics
- Biol 341, Advanced Cell Biology
- Elective field biology course4
- Biol 200, General Zoology
- Biol 201, Botany
- Biol 304, Marine Biology
- Biol 308, General Entomology
- Biol 324, Advanced Field Ecology
- Biol 345, Forest Resources
- Biol 350, Ornithology
- Additional biology elective course from lists above4
- Chem 111-112, General Chemistry 8
- Chem 303, Intro to Organic Chemistry 4
- Quantitative course (one of the following)3-4
- Math 360, Biomathematics (3)
- Psyc 380, Statistics in Research (3)
Student learning outcomes
Graduates in biology will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of core biological principles spanning all levels of hierarchy (cells to ecosystems).
- Provide examples of the fundamental role that evolutionary principles have in structuring biological systems from the cell to ecosystems.
- Design and implement experiments through developing research questions, designing research methods, and interpreting and analyzing data using statistical techniques.
- Use strong oral and writing skills to communicate scientific concepts.
- Articulate how faith and/or worldview informs personal bioethical attitudes and behaviors.
- Reflect on the systems-level connections between core biological principles.
- Demonstrate safety and competence in implementing basic biology laboratory and field skills: taxonomic identification, quantitative measurement, sterile technique, microscopy and slide use, and good experimental design.
Planning and advising notes
Students expecting to major in biology may take General Chemistry, Chem 111-112, in the second year, but students majoring in molecular biology/biochemistry must take it in the first year.
Teacher education in life sciences is available for grades 5-12. Courses needed within or in addition to biology major requirements are: Biol 201, Biol 207, Biol 208, Biol 300, Biol 303, Biol 311, and Phys 203. Also 32 credits of education courses, including a semester of student teaching. The first education class, Educ 201, should be taken in May term of the first year, if possible.
The informatics major has a cognate area available in biology, applying computer software and programming skills to the field of biology.
|First year||Goshen Core
Ecology & Evolution (fall)
Cell Biology & Genetics (spring)
Organismal Biology (spring)
|Second year||Goshen Core
SST (spring or summer)
|Third year||Goshen Core
Intro to Organic Chemistry
Junior Research Seminar
SST (if not in second year)
|Fourth year||Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Biology Senior Seminar