2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Biology - Bachelor of Arts (48-50 credits)

(42-44 credits for Education majors)

The Biology major prepares students for graduate-level training in biology and/or for entry-level employment in a broad spectrum of scientific and academic careers. Students who complete this major will gain scientific literacy as well as broad and deep knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and their interrelationships. Student research is built into the program in the form of internships, independent study, and a research capstone. This rigorous major consists of a required core of ten classes that provide depth in understanding the theory and methodology of the discipline as well as a strong background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Building on core classes, students have choices of electives in areas of their personal interest. The culminating courses in the major are a 3 credit research capstone and a 6 credit research internship and in which students gain valuable experience doing relevant science. The program also includes an advanced option that is strongly recommended for students who want to pursue graduate studies in the biological sciences or medical/veterinary/dental school.

 

Learning Goals of the Biology Major:

  • I. Develop Critical Thinking and Scientific Inquiry Skills
    • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and analyze information from multiple sources
    • Demonstrate the ability to explore nature scientifically: make observations, generate novel questions, bring existing ideas to bear on possible explanations, develop investigations to test predictions, evaluate evidence in light of questions and predictions
    • Perform a scientific investigation from inception to presentation of results in oral/visual and written format
  • II. Develop Scientific Literacy
    • Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in Biology and related disciplines
    • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of living systems from the perspectives of molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology
    • Demonstrate an integrative understanding of life’s complexity from the multiple perspectives of the biological sciences
  • III. Understand the Application of Science to Issues of Social Concern
    • Document participation in field-based projects and course assignments that integrate civic engagement and social responsibility with scientific approaches to problems by involving the local community or focusing on scientific issues related to community health and environment
    • Understand the causes and consequences of human activity in environmental/ecological systems
  • IV. Understand from Multiple Perspectives (including a historical perspective) the Breadth of Human Diversity
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and importance of biological diversity in human and other living systems
  • V. Prepare for Future Careers and Learning
    • Demonstrate the potential for lifelong learning by applying knowledge within field placements; seeking opportunities to grow professionally, exploring current scholarship, and reflecting on one’s own practice

Degree Requirements

I. Required Core (39-40 Credits)

CBIOL 1101Biology with Lab

4

CPHYS 1250Physics I with Lab: Forces, Sound, Momentum & Energy

4

CPHYS 1308General Chemistry I with Lab

4

CBIOL 2101Biology II with Lab

4

CBIOL 2202Genetics and Ethics

3

CBIOL 2211Cell and Molecular Biology

3

CPHYS 2308Organic Chemistry I with Lab

4

CBIOL 2505Ecology with Lab

4

CMATH 3522Inferential Statistics

3

CNSCI 4550Directed Research Capstone: Science

3

CBIOL 1101, CPHYS 1308 and CPHYS 1250: waived w/ AP ≥4

Choose ONE:

CBIOL 2205Botany with Lab

4

CBIOL 3100Animal Behavior with Lab

4

CBIOL 3210Evolution and the History of Life

3

II. Electives (Choose ONE)

CBIOL 2203Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

CBIOL 2204Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

CBIOL 2502Essentials of Health

3

CBIOL 3300Infectious Diseases

3

CBIOL 3311Cellular Neurobiology

3

CBIOL 3330Research Methods in Biology

4

CBIOL 3401Developmental Biology

3

CBIOL 3600Epidemiology

3

CBIOL 4089Practicum in Curriculum and Procedures

3

CNSCI 2101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3

CNSCI 3500New England Field Studies

3

CPHYS 2011Biological Chemistry I

3

CPHYS 2250Physics II with Lab: Electricity, Magnetism, Atoms & Light

4

Marine Studies Consortium Courses

(max 3 credits unless pre-approved by advisor and Division Director)

CBIOL 2100Introduction to Marine Mammals (Marine Studies Consortium course)

3

CBIOL 3250Marine Biology (Marine Studies Consortium course)

3

CBIOL 4100Biology of Whales (Marine Studies Consortium course)

3

CBIOL 4110Biology of Fishes (Marine Studies Consortium Course)

3

CNSCI 2210Water Resources Planning and Management

3

CNSCI 4200Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology, Restoration (Marine Studies Consortium Course)

3

III. Internship (6 Credits)

NOT required of Education Majors, or students who move from an education licensure program into an education minor.
CNSCI 4100Research Internship and Seminar

3-6

Marine Studies Consortium (MSC)

This consortium is an association of 17 Massachusetts higher education and research institutions. MSC courses offer unique learning opportunities in marine and aquatic sciences, environmental Policy, and environmental management. The courses are potential choices for Biology majors, The Biology of Fishes course, offered at the New England Aquarium, may be the only ichthyology course in the world where students use the resources of a major aquarium at every class meeting. Other courses, such as the Biology of Whales are offered nowhere else in New England at the undergraduate level. Courses, which include an additional consortium tuition fee, are held during the evenings on the campuses of our member institutions. MSC course descriptions can be found in the course descriptions section of this catalog. Students wishing to take MSC courses should contact David Morimoto, Division Director, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 617.349.8226, or morimoto@lesley.edu. Full information about the MSC can be found at www.assumption.edu/msc/courses.html.