Majors & Minors in Biology

Majors and Concentrations in Biology

A major in biology (B.S. degree) may be obtained within a general curriculum or one which follows specific guidelines for physicians assistant, physical therapy, teacher licensure, or pre-professional (preparation for graduate or professional schools) studies. The student majoring in biology must complete a minimum of 39 hours in biology, and these must include credit for BIOL 111, 201, 202, 203, 205, 327, 342, 451, and one of the following: 430, 437 or 438. Students are encouraged to complete more than the minimum number of hours in biology. Ancillary requirements include MATH 112 (or 122) and 160; CHEM 111, 113, and 227; and PHYS 221 and 222 or PHYS 251 and 252.

A candidate for the Bachelor’s degree with a major in biochemistry must satisfactorily complete the following courses in biology and chemistry:

Biology requirements include BIOL 111, 201, 342, 350, 430 and 508 for a total of twenty-four semester hours. Chemistry requirements include CHEM 111, 113, 215, 227, 228, and 334 for a total of twenty-four semester hours. In addition, students are required to take one science seminar course (e.g. BIOL 451, CHEM 451, or CHEM 452) and 9 credit hours of electives selected from the following list:

BIOL 205, BIOL 250, BIOL 315, BIOL 334, BIOL 335, BIOL 441, BIOL 465, CHEM 331, CHEM 441, CHEM 442, CHEM 445, CHEM 446, PHYS 341, PHYS 342. Research (BIOL 441, CHEM 445, and CHEM 446) cannot be taken for more than 4 of the 9 credits of biochemistry electives. Two semesters of calculus (MATH 122, 223), statistics (MATH 160) and one year of calculus-based physics (PHYS 251, 252) are required of a biochemistry major. Candidates who are considering graduate studies are recommended to take an additional year of calculus and an additional 300 or 400 level BIOL or CHEM course as electives.

 

A major in Biology may be obtained which follows specific guidelines for entering post-baccalaureate studies in the medical professions, or biological research of various kinds. In addition to the requirements for a major in biology, the student following this track in biology must also complete CHEM 228 and MATH 122. Pre-professional students should tailor their biology electives and open electives to meet the requirements of their specific professional area of focus, in consultation with their academic adviser. The Pre-Professional Concentration requires students to earn a grade of ” C” or higher in all science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics.)

A major in Biology may be obtained which follows specific guidelines for entering post baccalaureate studies in physical therapy. In addition to the requirements for a major in biology, the student following this track in biology must also complete BIOL 221, 310, 320; PSYC 222; EXER 425 and 426. Recommended courses in the sciences include: BIOL 334, 350, 430 and EXER 311 or 326. Recommended courses in the social sciences include a minimum of six additional hours in Sociology or Psychology. Students should maintain documentation of work experience in physical therapy settings. Students following this concentration should check with physical therapy graduate programs to verify specific requirements of the individual programs.

A major in Biology may be obtained which follows specific guidelines for entering studies in physician assistant programs. In addition to the requirements for a Major in Biology, the student following this track in biology must also complete BIOL 221, 310, 320, 334, 430; and CHEM 228. PA programs vary in their requirements for work experience in the medical field. Most applicants range from 25 years of experience, including volunteer work, nursing experience, laboratory work and military experience.

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in biology must complete a minimum of 35 hours in biology, including credit for the biology courses listed for a major in biology. They must also complete PSYC 222; SOCI 345; EDUC 221, 223, 230, 330, 331, 430, 432, 440, 441, and 458; and SIED 453 and 454.

 

Minors in Biology

Students wishing to minor in biology may do so by completing BIOL 111 and an additional sixteen semester hours in biology courses numbered at the 200-level or above. The sixteen hours must include a minimum of three courses with laboratory.

Students wishing to minor in environmental science may do so by completing ENVS 111, ENVS 112, and an additional ten semester hours in cognate courses chosen in consultation with the environmental science (ENVS) program adviser.

Students wishing to obtain the General Science Minor must complete a total of 32 hours of laboratory science courses in the fields of physics, chemistry, and biology including:

  • Physics: 8 hours as defined below: PHYS 221 and 222; or PHYS 251 and 252; and
  • Chemistry: 16 hours as defined below: CHEM 111, 113, 227; and one of the following CHEM 215 or 228; and
  • Biological Sciences: 8 hours as defined below: BIOL 111 and one of the following: BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 203, BIOL/ENVS 204, BIOL 220, BIOL 221, BIOL 223, BIOL/ENVS 224, BIOL/ENVS 226, or BIOL/ENVS 241.

 

Internships

Internships are not required. Students may obtain academic credit for participating in a practical learning experience outside Campbell University but often simply choose to gain work experience to strengthen their resumes for post-graduate studies and full-time employment. If the internship is for academic credit, the experience must address a biology-related problem, involve college-level work, and have a component of active, hands-on activity. Up to six (6) upper-level academic credits may be earned in this way.

Recent examples of the varied experiences gained by students in the Department of Biological Sciences include internships at:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and paramedics training/experience
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Women in Science program
  • Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC)
  • NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
  • Northwest Georgia Science Museum
  • SeaWorld
  • South African Shark Conservancy (Gansbaai, South Africa)
  • Student Conservation Service & US National Park Service
  • Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
  • “Summer Program for Future Doctors” (SPFD) at the East Carolina University Brodie School of Medicine