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Biology Degree - Bachelor of Science

Curriculum

Major Requirements (42 credit hours)

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  • BI 101 General Biology I

    This course provides the general foundation in biological science necessary for further study in the life sciences and allied health fields; it also serves to introduce the nonscientist to major areas of interest in the biological sciences. Topics include: the scientific method, cell structure, function and metabolism, introductory genetics, and ecology. A laboratory component supports the lecture material and allows students to perform simple experiments. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 102 General Biology II

    This course presents an introduction to modern biology with a survey of the diversity of life. Greatest emphasis will be on the structure and function of Eukarya, specifically animals, plants, fungi, and protists. A laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to perform simple experiments. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I

    The course introduces basic concepts, anatomical terminology, cell structure and function and histology. This will be followed by an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: Integumentary, arthrology, muscular, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. A mandatory laboratory component supports and amplifies the lecture material and allows the student to study microscopic anatomy on slides and to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component allows the student to practice course content with additional exercises. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 202 Anatomy and Physiology II

    The course consists of an in-depth study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and the physiology of the following organ systems of the human body: The central and peripheral nervous, endocrine, sensory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to perform dissection on representative animal models. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises. Prerequisites: BI 201 or Instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 204 Human Genetics

    This course is designed to teach Mendelian and modified Mendelian inheritance including: genotypic and phenotypic variability, DNA replication, protein synthesis and genetic abnormalities.
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  • BI 210 Zoology

    This course is designed to provide an overview of invertebrate and vertebrate zoology including: classification, development, morphology, anatomy, and physiology of the animal phyla. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 211 Botany

    This course consists of the study of the structure, physiology, histology, ecology, and economic importance of plants. A mandatory laboratory component will support and amplify the lecture material and allow the student to study live and preserved specimens. An online component will allow the student to practice course content with additional exercises and quizzes. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 303 Microbiology

    General, medical, ecological, and applied microbiology including: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and helminthic organisms. Prerequisites: BI 101 and BI 102 or BI 201 and BI 202 or equivalent (4 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 310 Immunology

    Cellular and humoral mediated immunology mechanisms including: structure of immunoglobulins and cellular mediators, autoimmunity, tissue transplantation, tumor immunology, and the immunological basis of diagnosis and therapeutics. Prerequisite: BI 101 or permission of instructor—BI 303 recommended
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  • BI 410 Developmental Biology

    Embryological development including: fertilization, cellular division, early development, differentiation, and precocious growth of multicellular organisms. Prerequisites: BI 101, BI 210, junior or senior standing (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 480 Senior Thesis in Biology

    A project developed by student and instructor culminating in a written and oral report to the faculty. Project may involve lab and/or field research and/or an extensive investigation of current scientific literature in a specified area of Biology. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor
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In addition, the following are required (29 credit hours)

  • CH 115 General Chemistry I

    Studies chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, measurements, the periodic Table, solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Also includes qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students majoring in science or in pre-professional programs or allied health fields. Prerequisite: High School Algebra (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • CH 116 General Chemistry II

    Continuation of CH 115. Includes the study of acids, bases, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, hydrogen and its compounds, nonmetals, metalloids, and metals and their compounds. Prerequisite: CH 115 (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • CH 210 Organic Chemistry I

    This course includes a study of the structure and functions of the many functional groups of organic chemicals includes: hydrocarbons, hybridization, nomenclature, N and O-containing organic compounds, stereochemistry, infrared, UV and light spectroscopy, NMR, mechanisms of reaction. Prerequisites: CH 115 and CH 116 or instructor permission (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • CH 211 Organic Chemistry II

    Continuation of CH 210. Includes a study of addition, elimination, and substitution reactions, carbon-skeletal rearrangements, multi-step synthesis, polymers, SN1, SN2, E1, E2 mechanisms, biological molecules, noncovalent interactions between organic molecules, catalysis, and the molecular basis of drug action. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • BI 306 Biochemistry

    Fundamentals of modern biochemistry including such topics as molecular biology, the synthesis and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, the study of energy metabolism, enzymes, genetic coding, and other current topics in the field. (4 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • PC 101 Introduction to Physics

    This course is designed to teach mechanics, properties of matter, temperature and heat, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, and optics. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
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  • MA 240 Applied Statistics

    Provides the theoretical basis and the problem solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics include: Descriptive Measures; Distribution Shapes; Concepts of Probability of Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Hypothesis Testing of One, Two Samples; Chi-Square and F-Test; Regression; Anova; Using Excel, Minitab, TI 83+ or SPSS for Solving & Interpreting Statistical Problems. Prerequisite: MA101 (4 credit hrs)
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Bellevue University students anticipating careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medical Technology, Clinical Perfusion, Nursing, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Respiratory Care, Veterinary Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, and other Allied Health studies may take course requirements at Bellevue University for admission into the respective programs.

Consult faculty about specific course requirements necessary for application.

Refer also to Health Science major.

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