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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Concentration - Biology

Biology is the study of life forms. A concentration designated as Biology is based on theoretical concepts rather than application of theory as in health sciences. This concentration requires a minimum of 39 credits.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirement Credits
Introductory Biology 8 credits (1 year)
Genetics* 3 credits
One course from the following list: Biochemistry*, Physiology*, or Cell Biology* 3 credits
Organic Chemistry 3 credits
Biology electives beyond the introductory level, in any one or combination of the subject areas such as Botany, Embryology, Comparative Anatomy, Evolution, Ecology, or Microbiology 15-21 credits
Capstone - BIO 499 Culminating course in concentration) 3 credits
TOTAL 39 minimum
Co-requisites: one semester of Calculus ro Statistics. If planning to go to graduate school - 1 year of Calculus. 3-6 credits

*Taken within the past ten (10) years.

Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration. A second option for completing the requirements of this concentration - The GRE Subject Test in Biology, evaluated at 24 credits (15 lower, 9 upper), and at least 12 additional credits that must include two upper level laboratory courses and the 3 credit capstone.

Recommended Courses:
A second semester of Organic Chemistry
Computer literacy, including spreadsheets

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Biology will be able to:
  1. apply knowledge of subject matter from across the full range of biology curricula, including:
    1. core biological concepts; and
    2. skills necessary for lifelong professional learning in biological sciences;
  2. apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in the biological sciences, including:
    1. generating hypotheses, designing approaches to test the hypotheses, and interpreting the data from those tests to reach valid conclusions; and
    2. demonstrate ethical demeanor when conducting scientific experiments;
  3. apply appropriate quantitative skills for the study of biology;
  4. use information literacy skills to find, read, and critically evaluate original scientific literature in biological sciences;
  5. use appropriate communication skills to present scientific information; and demonstrate basic laboratory skills.