The objectives and primary purposes of the Biology Department include: 1.) providing students who plan to major in one of the biological or particular health sciences an opportunity to meet requirements for a degree or entrance into a professional school; 2.) providing support courses in other areas such as the allied health fields; 3.) providing non-biological science majors an opportunity to satisfy their science requirements; and 4.) providing the interested person usable knowledge of the biological sciences.
Departmental chairperson is Dr. Sam Wages, professor of biology.
The suggested curricula that follow are guidelines that should meet the requirements for the various majors and/or programs for the first two years of college work. Since course requirements at universities vary for the first two years, students are urged to obtain advisement from the Biology Department to prepare a degree outline specific to the desired university.
It may be advisable to take a course or two in a summer session to allow for a lighter “load” or to “catch up” in an area of weakness such as math or English.
Course loads may also be reduced by receiving credit by examination through the CLEP exam program. Exams in English, history, math, science and other subjects are available through the Counseling Center.