Buena Vista University

Biology

Did you know that the largest organism in the world is a set of aspen trees in Utah that share the same root system? Or at least it could be. Depending on how you define what constitutes a single living system, the Great Barrier Reef might be the largest, or it could be a 2,200-acre fungus in Oregon. And that doesn’t even ask the question of how you even define life itself. Is a virus alive – and does that have any bearing on how we might stop it from spreading?

As a biology major, you’ll delve into many subjects like the ones above and other exciting areas, whether you see yourself in a laboratory, in a school, as a medical doctor or out in nature – taking samples of that fungus or working to preserve the forest firsthand. If you are looking for a biology program that will prepare you for a career in several areas of biology, learn more about Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Key Personality Traits of Biologists

Students in Buena Vista University’s Bachelor of Science in Biology program study several important areas, including:

It’s time to join other biology majors in Iowa and beyond who chose our school as the key to their education. Whether you want to be a pre-med student or pursue a career with your bachelor’s degree, we can help plan for your success. We boast of a 90 percent acceptance rate to medical and other pre-health professional schools such as dentistry, veterinary medicine and physical therapy.

Courses of study

Biology

Support work:

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
PHYS 201 General Physics I or PHYS 211 General Physics I
PHYS 202 General Physics II or PHYS 212 General Physics II

Area 1:

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
BIOL 164 Biological Principles II

Area 2: Distributional Course Selection and Electives

Students will select courses from four primary areas of biology: organismal biology; ecology/evolutionary biology; cell biology and genetics. Minimum of 8 credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. Biology courses numbered 301-304 do not count toward fulfilling this requirement.

Choices within organismal biology:

BIOL 375 Human Anatomy
BIOL 380 Human Physiology

Choices within ecology/evolution:

BIOL 210 Zoology
BIOL 270 Evolution
BIOL 360 Ecology

Choices from cell biology:

BIOL 240 Microbiology
BIOL 305 Cell Biology

Choices from genetics:

BIOL 260 Genetics
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology

Select additional biology electives (Courses eligible for a biology major are those numbered above BIOL 164, except for biology courses numbered 301-304, which do not count toward the major).

AREA 3: Research Experience
AREA 4: BIOL 498 Senior Capstone Seminar
AREA 5: BIOL 495 Internship or BIOL 496 Field Studies

Major in Biology Licensure (5-12):

Option 1: 54 credit hours

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
26 credit hours from distributional course selection (see biology major)
Three credit hours of Research Experience (BIOL 200, 300 and 400)
BIOL 498 Senior Capstone Seminar
BIOL 496 Field Studies
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
PHYS 201 or PHYS 211 General Physics I
PHYS 202 or PHYS 212 General Physics II
Must have 12 credit hours at 300/400 level, however biology courses numbered 301-304 do not count toward the biology major.
Plus requirements listed under secondary education and education core Students completing this option will also meet the requirements for General Science Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Option 2: 30 credit hours

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
15-16 credit hours from distributional course selection 3 credit hours of Research Experience (BIOL 200, 300, and 400) 3-4 elective credit hours in science Must have 12 credit hours at 300/400 level, however biology courses numbered 301-304 do not count toward the biology major. Plus requirements listed under secondary education and education core

Minor in Biology: 24 credit hours

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
Distributional course selection (organismal, ecology/evolution, cell biology and genetics area)

Minor in Biology with teaching Licensure (5-12): 24 credit hours

BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
16 credit hours of distributional course selection (organismal, ecology/evolution, cell biology and genetics area)
Plus requirements listed under secondary education and education core

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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