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Charter Oak State College Celebrates Constitution Day
September 17th is Constitution Day! Take this opportunity to learn more about this document.

Seeking New Student Alternate Rep to CT's Statewide Student Advisory Committee
Great opportunity to network with students from other institutions and to be part of the discussion on public higher education in CT

Go Back to Get Ahead Registration Event on 8/13
Admissions and financial aid representatives from Charter Oak State College will host a registration event for Go Back to Get Ahead prospective students on Wednesday, August 13th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

Charter Oak State College Commencement set for June 1, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy to speak
2014 Commencement date, speaker announcement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

September 17th is Constitution Day! Learn more about this important document.

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.