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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 Health Professions 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 a health professions 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.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

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 B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

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

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Biology Major - Minimum 121 Credits

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

Anatomy and Physiology

Choose one sequence:
BIOL 205 OR BIOL 321 and BIOL 322 OR BIOL 453
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Plant Physiology
4

Microbiology

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

Ecology

Choose one of the following three Ecology courses.
Ecological Assessment
3
Environmental Conservation
3
Ecology
3
Biology Electives - 7-13 Credits
300 level or higher (consult advisor)
Choose from:
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Cell Biology
3
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4

Supporting Sciences - 24-37 Credits

MATH 120 or higher

3
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5

Organic Chemistry

Choose one option:
CHEM 214 OR CHEM 321 and CHEM 322
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
or
Organic Chemistry 1
5
or
Organic Chemistry 2
5

Biochemistry

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

Physics

Choose one of the following options:
PHYS 130 OR PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 OR PHYS 241 and PHYS 242
Concepts in Physics
4
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
General Physics 1
5
General Physics 2
5

Biology Application Area - 5 Credits

Consult your advisor. Additional courses in Biology may satistfy this requirement. Commonly used courses are:
Nutrition for Healthy Living
3
Biomechanics
3
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Responding to Emergencies
2
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Medical Terminology
4
Electives - 13-26 Credits to reach minimum 121 required.

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