Major in Biology

Students who major in biology must complete 63 to 65 hours, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L*, 1151-1151L*, 198, 199, 234, 399, 401,
  • and 23 to 24 additional hours of BIOL coursework.

This 23 to 24 hours must include at least one course each from

  • Organismal (select one)
    • BIOL 201, 208, or 306;
  • Cell/Molecular (select one)
    • BCHE 307/307L, BCHE 308, BIOL 209, or BIOL 318;
  • Evolution/Ecology (select one)
    • BIOL 207, 212, 314, or 320;
  • Plant Biology (select one)
    • BIOL 203, 206, or 312;
  • Function/Structure (select one)
    • BIOL 302, 303-303L, 304, or 311-311L;
  • a three- to four-hour elective chosen from any courses offered by the department (excluding internships).

Students must complete the following related courses:

  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, and 221-221L**;
  • PHYS 1500 and 1510;
  • and one of the following courses:
    • MATH 199, 201, 210, 211;
    • or STAT 319, 320.

*Note:All students should take BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘ or higher in BIOL 1150-1150L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘ or higher in BIOL 1151- 1151L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

**Note: Pre-professional and pre-graduate school students are strongly advised to take CHEM 222-222L.

Biology major card (PDF format)

Major in Biology with Minor in Secondary Education Certification to Teach High School Biology/Science

Students who wish to be certified to teach biology/science in the high school setting must meet the requirements for the major in biology, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L*, 1151-1151L*, 198, 199, 234, 399, and 401;
  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L**, 221-221L
  • PHYS 1500

Select 4 hours from the following courses:

  • BIOL 201, 203, 209, or 215;

Select 17 hours from the following:

  • BCHE 307/307L, 308,
  • BIOL 302, 303/303L, 304, 306, 311/311L, 312, 314, 318, 320, 335, 336, 398, 442, 444, 446, 448, 450, 452, or 458;

Additionally, students must complete the minor in secondary education and all other requirements for teacher certification and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

*Note: All students should take BIOL1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘ or higher in BIOL 1151-1151L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

**Note: All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60% or higher to receive credit for CHEM 102.

Biology/Secondary Education major card (PDF format)

Major in Biology: Forestry/Environmental Management Concentration (Dual Degree with Duke University)

Students participating in this program will be expected to complete all Presbyterian College general education requirements while in residence. In addition, students must complete 56-57 hours including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L*, 1151-1151L*, 198, 199, 234, 399,
  • 3-4 hours BIOL elective (excluding 444)

One course (12 hours total) from three of the following areas

  • Organismal
    • BIOL 201, 208, or 306
  • Cell/Molecular
    • BCHE 307/307L, 308,
    • BIOL 209, 318
  • Evolution/Ecology
    • BIOL 207, 212, 314, 320
  • Plant Biology
    • BIOL 203, 206, 312
  • Function/Structure
    • BIOL 302, 303/303L, 304, 311/311L

Students must complete the following related courses:

  • CHEM 101/101L, 102/102L, 221/221L,
  • PHYS 1500, PHYS 1510;
  • and MATH 199 or MATH 201, 210.

*Notes: All students should take BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘ or higher in BIOL 1150-1150L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘or higher in BIOL 1151- 1151L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

Students pursuing the 3+2 degree must declare this interest to the PC coordinator early in the freshman year in order to arrange the classes needed to qualify for the program. Student will complete 98 hours of credit at Presbyterian and, following successful completion of the first year of the Master of Forestry (MF) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM) at Duke University, will be awarded a BS degree from Presbyterian College. Student must apply and be accepted to Duke University.

Biology with Forestry/Environmental Management major card (PDF format)

Major in Biology: Pharmacy Concentration (Dual Degree)

Students participating in this program will be expected to complete all Presbyterian College general education requirements. Students who major in biology with pre-pharmacy concentration must complete 64 or 65 hours, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L, 1151-1151L, 198, and 199

Select 1 course from the following:

  • BIOL 302;
  • or BIOL 303-303L;

Pharmacy Area Courses:

  • BIOL 306, 311-311L

Biology Area Courses (Select four hours):

  • BIOL 203, 206, 207, 212, 215, 312, 314, or 320;

Required Related Courses:

  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L*, 221-221L, and 222-222L;
  • PHYS 1500, 1510
  • SPCH 201

Select 1 course from the following:

  • MATH 199
  • or MATH 201

Select 1 course from the following:

  • MATH 210
  • STAT 319
  • STAT 320

Select 1 course from the following:

  • ECON 201
  • ECON 202

Select 1 course from the following:

  • PSYC 201
  • SOC 201

To satisfy this major, the following courses must be completed once enrolled as a student at the PC School of Pharmacy:

  • PHRM 6104
  • PHRM 8299
  • PHRM 8399

*Note: All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60% or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.

All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the Pharmacy program.

Biology with Pharmacy Concentration major card (PDF)

Minor in Biology

The minor in biology consists of 19 hours, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L;
  • BIOL 1151-1151L*;
  • and 11 elective hours chosen from BIOL electives taught at or above the 200-level (excluding BIOL 399).

 

*Notes: All students should take BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘ or higher in BIOL 1150-1150L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 1151-1151L. A grade of ‘C-‘ or higher in BIOL 1151-1151L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

Minor in Environmental Studies

Students who minor in environmental studies must complete 20 hours, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L
  • BIOL 1151-1151L
  • BIOL 215

Select 4 hours from the following:

  • BIOL 201, 203, 206, 207, 304, or 314

Select 3 hours from the following:

  • Econ 306
  • PHIL 317
  • SOC 360

Select 1 hours from the following:

  • ENVI 442, 444, 446, 448, 450, 452, 458 or another appropriate course as approved by environmental studies advisor.

Minor in Marine Studies

Students who minor in marine studies must complete 19 hours, including

  • GCRL: Marine Science I Oceanography
  • GCRL: Marine Science II Marine Biology
  • Select 9 hours from the following:
    • BIOL 201 Invertebrate Zoology
    • GCRL: Barrier Island Ecology
    • GCRL: Coastal Herpetology
    • GCRL: Coastal Ornithology
    • GCRL: Environmental Photography
    • GCRL: Ichthyology
    • GCRL: Marine Aquaculture
    • **GCRL: Marine Biology for Teachers
    • GCRL: Marine Ecology
    • ***GCRL: Marine Embryology
    • *GCRL: Marine Invertebrates
    • GCRL: Marine Mammals
    • GCRL: Marine Toxicology
    • ****GCRL: Parasites of Marine Animals
    • GCRL: Shark Biology
    •  GCRL: Zooplankton Ecology
  • Courses suitable pending committee approval:
    • BIOL 442 Directed Studies
    • BIOL 444 Internship
    • BIOL 448 Research
    • BIOL 452 Special Projects
    • BIOL 458 Special Topic
    • CHEM 442 Directed Studies

 

  • Approved courses taken at Duke Marine Laboratory
  • Approved transfer courses taken at PC-affiliate institutions
  • Marine-related Maymester courses
  • Research at a specific independent laboratory
  • Studies at Belle Baruch Marine Lab/Hobcaw Barony
  • Research at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • *cannot be used if student has taken BIOL 201 GCRL: Marine Toxicology 3

**cannot be used if student has taken BIOL 216

***cannot be used if student has taken BIOL 304

****cannot be used if student has taken BIOL 208 GCRL: Zooplankton Ecology 5