Course Requirements

The biology program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is only available to campus students. However, Science Education is available to both campus and Woods External Degree (WED) students.

Biology Major - (50 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 semester hours. In addition to general studies courses and electives, the Biology major requires 50 semester hours of biology focused coursework.

Biology Major - Required Courses

38 credit hours required; all courses listed.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: BI141.

Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problems are major components of the course.

Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problems are major components of the course.

A continuation of BI 325.

Study of the basic principles and phenomena of living organisms, interpretation of the various physio-chemical processes in animal and human metabolism; training in the physiological techniques. Designed principally for science majors. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116.

The structure, function and interaction of cellular constituents as they relate to the processes of growth, secretion, differentiation, and heredity. Includes a survey of current research techniques. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, 142, CH 115 and 116. CH 222 is strongly recommended.

Principles and concepts pertaining to the study of organisms and their biotic and a biotic environment. Includes consideration of interrelationships at the level of the individual, population, community and ecosystem. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142, or instructor‘s consent.

Introduction to basic principles of heredity and variation including classical, molecular and population genetics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

A two-stage course under the supervision of a research adviser concerning the basic principles of research and problem solving methods in the biological sciences. The first stage is the initial background and proposal of a novel research project to be completed and approved in the second semester of junior year. The second stage consists of the actual research/internship to be completed by end of the first semester of senior year.

A two-stage course under the supervision of a research adviser concerning the basic principles of research and problem solving methods in the biological sciences. The first stage is the initial background and proposal of a novel research project to be completed and approved in the second semester of junior year. The second stage consists of the actual research/internship to be completed by end of the first semester of senior year.

Critical study of current research issues in biology conducted in seminar fashion. Student research and the oral presentation of biological problem are major components of the course.

Introduces the basic chemical concepts of atomic structure, periodicity, and the chemical reactions of both gases and solutions, and the thermodynamics of these reactions. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry or consent of professor.

A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of acid-base and precipitation reactions as well as redox chemistry. The concepts behind solids, both salts and metallic, are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Biology Major - Electives

Choose three courses (12 credit hours) from the options shown.

Study of major plant groups, their structure, function and ecological relationships. Prerequisites: BI 141 and 142, or consent of instructor.

Application of biological principles to the study of the structure, function, origin and development of typical invertebrates. Field work may be required in addition to regular laboratory periods. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Comparative study of the morphology, anatomy and natural history of typical vertebrates from an evolutionary point of view. Two lectures and two two-hour laboratories.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Normal development in plant and animal systems from fertilized egg into differentiated organisms, including the related phenomena of metamorphosis, regeneration and growth. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Explores the development, causation, function, and evolution of animal behavior. Examines genetic, physiological, psychological, ecological and evolutionary influences. Investigates the behavior of organisms as individuals and in social groups. Three one-hour lectures and a three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142, or consent of the instructor.

Conservation and management of renewable resources such as soil, water, air, minerals, plants and animals in relation to the total environment.As needed.

Introduction to the nutrition, physiology and ecology of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, molds and viruses) including preparation of media, role of microorganisms in health and disease and methods of control. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Basic concepts in immunology, medical microbiology and parasitological. Three lectures plus one two-hour laboratory.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115, and CH 116, or instructor‘s consent.

Studies the history of life and the process that produces its diversity and unity. Content includes natural selection, speciation, macroevolution and microevolution.

Research and discussion of one or more topics of current biological interest. For majors only. For those seeking secondary education certification, the topics will include drugs, human nutrition and social biology.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Biology Minor (20 credit hours)

The biology minor requires the completion of 20 hours of biology focused coursework.

Biology Minor - Required Courses

8 credit hours required; all courses listed.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: BI141.

Biology Minor - Required Electives

Choose three of the following courses or two of the following and another biology elective from the list below.

Study of the basic principles and phenomena of living organisms, interpretation of the various physio-chemical processes in animal and human metabolism; training in the physiological techniques. Designed principally for science majors. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116.

The structure, function and interaction of cellular constituents as they relate to the processes of growth, secretion, differentiation, and heredity. Includes a survey of current research techniques. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, 142, CH 115 and 116. CH 222 is strongly recommended.

Principles and concepts pertaining to the study of organisms and their biotic and a biotic environment. Includes consideration of interrelationships at the level of the individual, population, community and ecosystem. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142, or instructor‘s consent.

Introduction to basic principles of heredity and variation including classical, molecular and population genetics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Biology Minor - Electives

(Optional) Choose two courses from the required electives (above) and one course from the list below.

Study of major plant groups, their structure, function and ecological relationships. Prerequisites: BI 141 and 142, or consent of instructor.

Application of biological principles to the study of the structure, function, origin and development of typical invertebrates. Field work may be required in addition to regular laboratory periods. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Comparative study of the morphology, anatomy and natural history of typical vertebrates from an evolutionary point of view. Two lectures and two two-hour laboratories.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Normal development in plant and animal systems from fertilized egg into differentiated organisms, including the related phenomena of metamorphosis, regeneration and growth. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Explores the development, causation, function, and evolution of animal behavior. Examines genetic, physiological, psychological, ecological and evolutionary influences. Investigates the behavior of organisms as individuals and in social groups. Three one-hour lectures and a three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142, or consent of the instructor.

Conservation and management of renewable resources such as soil, water, air, minerals, plants and animals in relation to the total environment.As needed.

Introduction to the nutrition, physiology and ecology of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, molds and viruses) including preparation of media, role of microorganisms in health and disease and methods of control. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Studies the history of life and the process that produces its diversity and unity. Content includes natural selection, speciation, macroevolution and microevolution.

Research and discussion of one or more topics of current biological interest. For majors only. For those seeking secondary education certification, the topics will include drugs, human nutrition and social biology.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Teacher Licensure

Students can also choose to pursue a teaching license for grades 7 through 12 in Middle/High School Life Sciences Education.  For more information on teaching licensures please visit the Education Department website.

Information about Course Requirements
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