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Biology

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Biology?

The B.S. Biology programs provides a quality bachelors degree in biology. Ferris is a recognized leader in vocational education, and students take 36 or more credit hours in biology courses plus eight or more semester credit hours in biology-related courses. The B.S. Biology program is individually designed, matching the abilities of each student with his/her academic interests. The B.S. Biology program at Ferris is flexible, allowing students of differing abilities and interests to choose a program of study that best fits them. The program also incorporates applied courses from the Ferris College of Allied Health Sciences and College of Pharmacy, creating a unique bachelors degree in biology.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the B.S. Biology program are in high demand in the science and technology industry and may enter highly competitive professional programs. Students wishing to complete an allied health science degree program can work toward a bachelors degree in applied biology to increase their knowledge of basic science and increase their chances for employment advancement. Students may also choose to use this degree as a prerequisite for advanced study, such as medicine, dentistry or Optometry. Students may also choose to use their bachelors degree to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences. Because admission to advanced programs is competitive, academic excellence as an undergraduate is important.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Biology program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one degree in Biology (either B.S. or B.A.) from Ferris State University.

More Information

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3

Biology Classes

General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Current Topics in BIOL
2

Biology Electives 300 or higher (consult advisor)

7-13

Microbiology

Choose one of the following three Microbiology courses.
Microbial Ecology
3
General Microbiology
3
Microbiology and Immunology
5

Anatomy and Physiology

Choose one sequence.
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Advanced Human Physiology
3
OR
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4

Ecology

Choose one of the following three Ecology courses.
Ecological Assessment
3
Environmental Conservation
3
Ecology
3

Supporting Sciences

MATH 120 or higher

3
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5

Organic Chemistry

Choose one of the following two Organic Chemistry options:
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
or
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 2
5
5

Biochemistry

Choose one of the following two Biochemistry courses:
Fund of Biochemistry
3
Biochemistry
4

Physics

Choose one of the following three Physics options:
Concepts in Physics
4
or
Introductory Physics 1
Introductory Physics 2
4
4
or
General Physics 1
General Physics 2
5
5

Electives to a credit total of 121 credits (consult advisor)

Additional Program Requirements

Application area additional biology related credits (consult advisor)

5