Course Requirements

Requirements for the Biology Major

In addition to Biological Concepts (BIOL 105-105L), Organismal Biology (BIOL 112-112L), Summer Readings (BIOL 198-199), Genetics (BIOL 234), Scientific Writing and Presentation (BIOL 399), and Senior Seminar (BIOL 401), all majors must complete 23-24 hours in Biology. These 23-24 hours must include at least one course from each of the following areas, plus one 3-4 hr. elective chosen from any courses offered by the department (excluding internships), for a total of 39-40 hours.

  • Organismal: Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 201), Parasitology (BIOL 208), or Microbiology (BIOL 306).
  • Cell/Molecular: Cell Biology (BIOL 209), Biochemistry I (BCHE 307-307L), Biochemistry II (BCHE 308), or Immunology (BIOL 318).
  • Evolution/Ecology: Biogeography (BIOL 207), Evolution (BIOL 212), Ecology (BIOL 314). or Paleontology (BIOL 320).
  • Plant Biology: Introductory Botany (BIOL 203), Plant Systematics (BIOL 206), or Plant Physiology (BIOL 312).
  • Function/Structure: Comparative Anatomy (BIOL 302), Human Anatomy (BIOL 303), Developmental Biology (BIOL 304), or Physiology (BIOL 311-311L).

Biology majors must also complete the following related courses:

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L) and Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 221-221L);
  • General Physics (PHYS 1500, 1510);
  • One course selected from Bioinformatics (BIOL 336), Calculus (MATH 201 or 211), Statistics (MATH 210), or Research Statistics (PSYC 320);

Pre-professional and pre-graduate school students are strongly advised to take Organic Chemistry II (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.

Biology major card (PDF format)

Requirements for the Biology/Secondary Education major

  • Biological Concepts (BIOL 105-105L) and Organismal Biology (BIOL 112-112L);
  • Summer Readings (BIOL 198-199);
  • Library Research Methods (BIOL 399);
  • Senior Seminar (BIOL 401);
  • One course selected from Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 201), Introductory Botany (BIOL 203), Cell Biology (BIOL 209), or Environmental Science (BIOL 215);
  • Four courses selected from Biochemistry I (BCHE 307-307L), Biochemistry II (BCHE 308), Comparative Anatomy (BIOL 302), Human Anatomy (BIOL 303-303L), Microbiology (BIOL 306), Physiology (BIOL 311-311L), Plant Physiology (BIOL 312), or Ecology (BIOL 314);

Biology/Secondary Education majors must also complete the following related courses:

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L);
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 221-221L);
  • General Physics I (PHYS 1500).

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.

Biology/Secondary Education major card (PDF format)

Requirements for the Biology/Pharmacy Major (Dual Degree)

  • Biological Concepts (BIOL 105-105L) and Organismal Biology (BIOL 112-112L);
  • Either Comparative Anatomy (BIOL 302) or Human Anatomy (BIOL 303-303L);
  • Microbiology (Bio BIOL);
  • Physiology (BIOL 311-311L);
  • Library Research (BIOL 399);
  • One course chosen from Introductory Botany (BIOL 203), Plant Systematics (BIOL 206), Biogeography (BIOL 207), Evolution (BIOL 212), Environmental Science (BIOL 215), Plant Physiology (BIOL 312), Ecology (BIOL 314) or Paleontology (BIOL 320).

Biology/Pharmacy students must also complete the following related courses:

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L) and Organic Chemistry (CHEM 221-221L, 222-222L);
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 201) or Principles of Microeconomics (Econ ECON);
  • Calculus (MATH 201 or 211);
  • Statistics (MATH 210 or STAT 320);
  • General Physics (PHYS 1500, 1510);
  • Introductory Psychology (PSYC 201) or Introductory Sociology (SOC 201);
  • Public Speaking (SPCH 201).

Students must also complete a capstone experience at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy to be approved by the Department of Biology.

Biology/Pharmacy major card (PDF format)

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 pre-requisites 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 one hundred six 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

Requirements for the Biology Minor, Environmental Science Minor, and Marine Studies Minor

The minor in biology consists of nineteen hours, including Biological Concepts (BIOL 105-105L), Survey of Life (BIOL 106-106L), or Organismal Biology (BIOL 112-112L); and eleven 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.

The Environmental Science Minor and Marine Studies Minor have specific requirements that can be found in the documents in the links below.

Minor cards (PDF format)