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2019 - 2020 Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Major

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Chair: Dr. Jim Maskey

Program Advisors: Dr. Michael Lares, Dr. Jim Maskey, Dr. Margaret Nordlie, Dr. James Peliska, Dr. David Ronderos

Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The Biology Program exists to provide our students a thorough and relevant foundation of knowledge in the biological sciences, and to support the liberal arts and professional programs of the University of Mary. These programs thrive in a Benedictine environment that prepare students to function as life-long learners and servant leaders in their chosen careers in the sciences.

The Biology major is designed to prepare students for a career as a professional biologist, or to provide the essential background for entrance into graduate school or professional programs. Students planning to attend graduate school or professional school should consult with their advisor and plan a program of study that meets the requirements of a particular school.


Biology graduates will:

  • be able to effectively communicate in both written and oral formats
  • demonstrate a broad, relevant knowledge base in biological science
  • exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills
  • demonstrate the ability to search for and access academic sources of information, to synthesize the information, and to evaluate it for relevance and reliability
  • demonstrate technical proficiency in the lab
  • recognize the role of the individual and society in understanding and improving the natural environment
  • be competitive in gaining admittance to professional or graduate schools, or in securing employment requiring a baccalaureate

Major Requirements

One of the Following:

Elective courses:

Students must take five additional 300-400 level biology courses*, one from each of three areas of study (Environmental, Molecular, Organismal), and two additional courses from any of the areas. These electives are in addition to the required biology courses and must total a minimum of 20 semester hours.

*​BIO 207 /BIO 207L  & BIO 208 /BIO 208L  can be used together to fulfill one 4-credit upper-level organismal elective course.

Recommended Courses:

Students are urged to consider taking the following as electives to strengthen the major:

Total: 124 Semester Credits

Program length: 4 academic years / 128 weeks

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