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This degree requires a minimum of 130 semester hours of course work, the final 65 hours of which, must be done at Mississippi College.  In light of the fact that our Biology majors have a variety of career interests, we have organized the Biology degree into four different tracts, each designed to guide students in selecting courses that will best prepare them for their chosen field.

The Biology Medical Sciences track is created for students who anticipate attending Medical School or Dental School. It is designed to give the student a very strong scientific background in areas that will make the transition from undergraduate science education to Medical or Dental school education easier. You'll have the opportunity to take medical science courses such as Human Gross Anatomy, Human Neuroanatomy or Medical Physiology. You'll learn how to read basic MRI's, CAT Scans and X-rays, work with human cadavers. The degree is 130 semester hours.

Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   18
CHE 141 General Chemistry I
CHE 142  General Chemistry II 
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Physics   8
Choose the two 100 level courses or the two 200 level courses    
PHY 151 General Physics I 4
PHY 152 General Physics II 4
PHY 251 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHY 252 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
Mathematics    6 
MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 
Choose one of the following courses     
MAT 121  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MAT 206  Applied Calculus 
Computer Science    3 
Choose one of the following courses     
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
Communications     3 
Choose one of the following courses     
COM 203  Professional Communication Skills 
COM 304  Public Speaking 
Medical Sciences    33 
Choose 15 hours from the following courses     
BIO 311  Comparative & Developmental Anatomy
BIO 329 Molecular Biology 
BIO 403  Vertebrate Histology 
BIO 404  Pharmacology 
BIO 405  Pharmacology II 
BIO 406  Introduction to Toxicology 
BIO 407  Biology of Cancer 
BIO 409  Human Embryology 
BIO 410  Human Gross Anatomy 
BIO 412  Medical Physiology I  6
BIO 413 Medical Physiology II 5
BIO 414 General Microbiology 4
BIO 415 Immunology 3
BIO 416 Immunology & Virology Lab 1
BIO 418 Infectious Diseases 3
BIO 419 DNA Forensics 3
BIO 417 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 422 Virology 3
BIO 425 Human Neuroanatomy 5
BIO 426 Mitochondrial Genomics 3
General Electives  Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation (130 hrs). Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor.  -- 
Total  Hours    130 

Please note: Starting in 2015, the new MCAT will have a Human Behavior section. Students are encouraged to take Psychology (PSY 201) and Sociology (SOC 205) in order to prepare for the MCAT.

Please note: UMC Dental School requires 3 hours of psychology.

The Biology Research track is created for students who wish to pursue a career in research. In addition to the general education requirements, student doing this track must take the following courses.

Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   13
CHE 141 General Chemistry I
CHE 142  General Chemistry II 
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
Physics   8
 Choose the two 100 level courses or the two 200 level courses    
PHY 151 General Physics I 
PHY 152  General Physics II 
PHY 251  Fundamentals of Physics I 
PHY 252  Fundamentals of Physics II 
Mathematics    6 
MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 
Choose one of the following courses     
MAT 121  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MAT 206  Applied Calculus 
Computer Science    3 
Choose one of the following courses     
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
Communications     3 
Choose one of the following courses     
COM 203  Professional Comunication Skills 
COM 304  Public Speaking 
Research Track    
Choose at least 12 hours of 300-400 level biology courses including    
BIO 329  Molecular Biology 4
6 hours including    
BIO 451 Independent Studies & Research 3
BIO 452 Independent Studies & Research 3
or    
BIO 361 Reading & Research for Honors I  
BIO 462 Reading & Research for Honors II  
BIO 463 Reading & Research for Honors III  
General Electives Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation (130 hrs). Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor.    --
Total  Hours    130 

This degree track in the Biology department is intended for students who anticipate teaching Biology in High School.  Students who follow this curriculum will be eligible for certification in Biology and General Sciences (Grades 7-12). For other questions please contact Dr. Beth Dunigan.

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   8
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
Mathematics   6
MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 3
Choose one of the following courses    
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytics Geometry I 3
MAT 122 Calculus with Analytics Geometry II 3
MAT 206 Applied Calculus 3
Computer Science   3
CSC 114 Introduction to Computer Science 3
or    
CSC 115 Foundations of Computer Science 3
Communication   3
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
or    
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
Teacher Education Track   28
  For students planning to teach in secondary schools - Students following this curriculum will be eligible for an educator license in Biology and General Science. Students should follow the current Secondary Education Biological Sciences Status Shet when selecting courses.   
PHY 104 Physics for Today 3
CHE 143 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry  3
BIO 145  Introduction to Earth Science
BIO 203  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
BIO 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 321 Ecology 4
BIO 414 General Microbiology 4
BIO 435 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science 3
  Students seeking an additional licensing in Chemistry should complete a minor in Chemistry and drop the CHE 143 requirement.  
  Students seeking additional licensing in Physics should complete a minor in physics and drop the CHE 143 and PHY 104 requirements.  
Professional Education, 7-12   28
 

Students may not take EDU 403, 460, 431, 432, 433, 434, 471, 472, 473, 474 prior to admittance into the TEP. 

 
EDU 299 Pre-Teaching Field Experience 1
EDU 300 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 304 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 403 Measurement & Evaluation of Student Progress 3
PSY 435 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
EDU 460 Managing the Secondary Classroom 3
EDU 431 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 432 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 433 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 434 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
Total Hours   130

The General Biology degree track is recommended for students wishing to pursue careers such as Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant's, Medical Technology and Field Biology. This is our most flexible degree track, which allows the student to form their curriculum to whatever suits their career goals best.

Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   8
CHE 141 General Chemistry I
CHE 142  General Chemistry II 
Mathematics    6 
MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 
Choose one of the following courses     
MAT 121  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MAT 206  Applied Calculus 
Computer Science    3 
Choose one of the following courses     
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
Communications     3 
Choose one of the following courses     
COM 203  Professional Comunication Skills 
COM 304  Public Speaking 
General Biology Track    
Option I A minimum of 24 hours of 200-400 level biology electives except BIO 251-Microbiology. At least 24 hours must be 300-400 level courses.  
General Electives  Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation (130 hrs). Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor.  -- 
Total  Hours    130 

The General Biology degree track is recommended for students wishing to pursue careers such as Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant's, Medical Technology and Field Biology. This is our most flexible degree track, which allows the student to form their curriculum to whatever suits their career goals best.

Option II requires a minor in another subject area.

Requirements Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   8
CHE 141 General Chemistry I
CHE 142  General Chemistry II 
Mathematics    6 
MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 
Choose one of the following courses     
MAT 121  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
MAT 206  Applied Calculus 
Computer Science    3 
Choose one of the following courses     
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
Communications     3 
Choose one of the following courses     
COM 203  Professional Communication Skills 
COM 304  Public Speaking 
General Biology Track    
Option II 16 hours of 300-400 level biology courses beyond the Biology Core requirement  
General Electives  Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation (130 hrs). Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor.  -- 
Minor Requirements A typical minor consists of 18 semester hours; however, some department minors may vary in terms of required semester hours.  The minor should be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.  
Total  Hours    130 

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