Undergrad Catalog

Biology (BIOL)

Program Option: B.A.

Vision Statement: St. Catherine University's Biology Department strives to support and challenge each student to develop her potential as a confident, creative and critical thinker who understands core biological concepts, scientific inquiry, and how biology intersects with society.

St. Kate's biology major gives you an understanding of the major principles of biology in a manner that encourages the development of critical-thinking skills. Faculty members encourage you to take an active role in your own educational experiences and foster a cooperative - rather than competitive - learning environment in which women thrive. You receive hands-on experience with advanced biological techniques and instrumentation.

The biology curriculum provides a solid foundation of first- and second-year courses with a variety of advanced courses in topics spanning the discipline. You use computer technology frequently to access the scientific literature and to analyze data. You collaborate often with faculty on research projects and have access to an on-site cadaver, tissue culture facilities and modern biological instrumentation for laboratory work.

A St. Kate's biology major prepares you for professions in industry, government and teaching (grades 5-12 teaching licensure) and for graduate training in research, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy and medical technology. St. Kate's biology majors often choose to continue their education to become physicians, physical therapists, veterinarians, optometrists, scientists or dentists. Many others choose to work as teachers or in research laboratories.

You have many opportunities to explore career options, including internships that allow you to explore your specific interests. Internships at off-campus sites expose you to the day-to-day activities of professionals ranging from physicians, field biologists and optometrists to industrial biotechnologists.

You'll also find special research opportunities, such as the 3M Collaborative Research Endowed Fund, which provides grants for student-faculty collaborative research projects and allows you to develop peer relationships with faculty and to do science, not just talk about it. This type of experience allows you to discover the dynamic nature of the scientific process and develop the skills necessary for understanding the vital part that research plays in biology. For example, one student recently worked with faculty on a field study of wetlands, which not only enriched her education but made her better prepared for graduate school. Another student performed genetic analysis of bacteria, giving her the lab experiences she needed to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Minnesota.

See also: Applied Science in Biology, Education - Life Science with Grades 9-12 Teaching Licensure, Pre-Physical Therapy.

Major Requirements:

Required courses in the major:
BIOL 1710 Foundations of Biology I: Exploring the Unity and Diversity of Life
BIOL 1720 Foundations of Biology II: From Molecules to Bodies - Structure, Function and Regulation
BIOL 2710 Foundations of Biology III: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
BIOL 2720 Sophomore Seminar (2 cr)
BIOL 4602 Internship or BIOL 4912 Research (2 cr)
BIOL 4850 Senior Seminar (2 cr)

18 credits in biology at the 3000 and 4000 level that must include:
Three 4-credit laboratory/field courses (one of which must be a field-based course)
At least four credits at the 4000 level (which may include 4-credit laboratory/field courses and/or 2-credit topics courses)

Required supporting courses:
(Note: minimum grade of C- required)
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2010 Organic Chemistry I
Statistics (PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology, MATH 1080 Statistical Analysis, ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making, or ECON 2200 Statistical Analysis for Social Sciences) or Calculus (MATH 1130 or 1110/20)  (NOTE: Effective Fall 2014 only MATH 1080, PSYC 2050 or ECON 2250 will satisfy the statistics requirement)

Recommended courses:
CHEM 2020 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 4400 Biochemistry
MATH 1130 Calculus I
Two semesters of physics (PHYS 1110, 1120 or PHYS 1080, 1090)

Biology majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing BIOL 4850 Senior Seminar. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in any department).

Second Major Certificate in Biology

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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