Major in Biology

Students who major in biology must complete 63 to 65 hours, including BIOL 105-105L, 112-112L, 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 BIOL 201, 208, or 306; BIOL 203, 206, or 312; BCHE 307/307L, BCHE 308, BIOL 209, or BIOL 318; BIOL 302, 303-303L, 304, or 311-311L; BIOL 207, 212, 314, or 320; and 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 MATH 201, MATH 210, MATH 211, or STAT 320. Pre-professional and pre-graduate school students are strongly advised to take CHEM 222-222L.

Notes: All students should take BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C“ or higher in BIOL 105-105L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 112-112L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

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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 105-105L, 112-112L, 198, 199, 234, 399, and 401; four hours selected from BIOL 201, 203, 209, or 215; 17 hours chosen from 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; CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, and 221-221L; and PHYS 1500. Additionally, students must complete the minor in secondary education and all other requirements for teacher certification and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program for a total of 91 hours. See page 63 of the catalog for more information.

Notes: All students should take BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 112-112L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.

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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 105/105L, 112/112L, 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 201 or 211, and MATH 210.

Notes: All students should take BIOL 112-112L. A grade of ‘C- or higher in BIOL 105-105L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 112-112L. A grade of ‘C-‘or higher in BIOL 112-112L 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.

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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 65 or 66 hours, including BIOL 105-105L, 112-112L, either BIOL 302 or 303-303L, BIOL 306, 311-311L, and 399; four hours chosen from BIOL 203, 206, 207, 212, 215, 312, 314, or 320; CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L, and 222-222L; ECON 201 or 202; MATH 201 or 211; three or four hours chosen from MATH 210 or STAT 320; PHYS 1500 and 1510; three hours chosen from PSYC 201 or SOC 201; and SPCH 201. (For all four-hour BIOL courses, students would need to complete the course with the corresponding lab). Students must also complete a capstone experience at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy to be approved by the Department of Biology. Students entering the dual-degree program should be aware of stipulations from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy regarding admission to its program and completion of all prerequisites before admission to that program, i.e., pre-pharmacy course requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the program. After earning a minimum of 106 semester hours at PC, students enter the pharmacy program at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and in four years earn both a B.S. in Biology with Pre-Pharmacy Concentration and a Pharm.D. from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Minor in Biology

The minor in biology consists of 19 hours, including BIOL 105-105L, 106-106L or 112-112L, and 11 elective hours chosen from BIOL electives taught at or above the 200-level (excluding BIOL 399).

Notes: All students should take BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 105-105L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 112-112L 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 15 hours, including BIOL 215 and 11 hours of approved coursework or independent studies chosen from BIOL 201, 206, 207,314; ECON 306; PHIL 317; or other appropriate courses as approved by the environmental studies adviser.