Course Requirements

Major in Biology

Students who major in biology must complete 57 to 61 hours, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L, 1151-1151L*, 2002, 2340, 3990, 4010,
  • and 23 to 24 additional hours of BIOL coursework.

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

  • Cell/Molecular (select one)
    • BIOL 2090, or BIOL/ENVI 3040, BCHE/BIOL 3210
  • Evolution/Ecology (select one)
    • BIOL 2120, BIOL/ENVI 3140, BIOL 3200
  • Plant Biology (select one)
    • BIOL/ENVI 2030, BIOL/ENVI 2060, BIOL 3120;
  • Electives (select three)
    • Chosen from any three- to four-hour courses offered by the department.**

Students must complete the following related courses:

  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, and 221-221L^;
  • PHYS 1500^
  • and one of the following courses:
    • MATH 120, 199, 201, 210;
    • or STAT 319, 320.

*A grade of ‘C-‘or higher in BIOL 1151-1151L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course.
**If the BIOL elective is taught with an accompanying lab, the lab must be taken with the course to fulfill the elective requirement. Special Projects, Honors Research, Readings, Directed Studies, Internships, and Research cannot count as BIOL electives. Only one travel course may count as a BIOL elective.
^CHEM 222/222L, Organic Chemistry II, and PHYS 1510, General Physics II, are strongly advised for pre-professional and pre- graduate school students (may be required for some programs).

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*, 2002, 2004, 2340, 3990, and 4010;
  • CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L**, 221-221L;
  • PHYS 1500

Select 4 hours from the following courses:

  • BIOL/ENVI 2010, 2030, 2150;
  • or BIO 2090

Select 17 hours from the following:

  • BCHE 307/307L, 308,
  • BCHE/BIOL 3210,
  • BIOL 3020, 3030/3030L, 3060, 3110/3110L, 3120, 3180, 3200, 3350, 3360, 4003,
  • BIOL/ENVI 3040, 3140, 3180,
  • or BIOL 4002, 4004, 4005, 4006, 4007, 4008, 4009;

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

*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.

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

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, 2002, 3060, 3110/3110L

Select 1 course from the following:

  • BIOL 3020;
  • or BIOL 3030/3030L;

Biology Area Courses (Select one from each subcategory):

  • Cell/Molecular Biology: BIOL 2090, BIOL/ENVI 3040, BIOL 3180, BCHE/BIOL 3210, BCHE 307/307L
  • Evolution/Ecology/Plant Biology: BIOL/ENVI 2030, 2060, 3140, BIOL 2120, 3120, 3200

Required Related Courses:

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

Select 1 course from the following:

  • MATH 199
  • or MATH 201

Select 1 course from the following:

  • MATH 120
  • 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

*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.

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 2000-level (excluding BIOL 3990).

*All students should take 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 20-23 hours, including

  • BIOL 1150-1150L
  • BIOL 1151-1151L
  • BIOL/ENVI 2150

Select 4 hours from the following:

  • BIOL/ENVI 2010, 2030, 2060, 2070, 3040, or 3140

Select 3 hours from the following:

  • Econ 306
  • ENVI/RELG 318
  • ENVI 442
  • ENVI 458
  • PHIL 317
  • SOC 360

Select 1 hours from the following:

  • ENVI 444, 446, 448, 450, 452, 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 2010 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 4002 Special Projects
  • BIOL 4005 Directed Studies
  • BIOL 4007 Internship
  • BIOL 4008 Research
  • BIOL 4009 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

*May not be used if student has taken BIOL 2010
**May not be used if student has taken BIOL 2160
***May not be used if student has taken BIOL 3040
****May not be used if student has taken BIOL 2080

Course Descriptions

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CO = Co-requisite
POI = Permission of Instructor
PR = Prerequisite
RE = Recommended
XL = Cross-listed