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Biology BIBS

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science 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.
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
Biology Classes
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 460 Current Topics in BIOL 2
Biology Electives 300 or higher (consult advisor) 7 - 13
Choose one of the following three Microbiology courses:
BIOL 218 Microbial Ecology 3
BIOL 286 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 386 Microbiology and Immunology 5
Choose one sequence for Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy-Physiology 5
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy-Physiology 5
BIOL 206 Advanced Human Physiology 3
BIOL 321 Human Physiology-Anatomy 1 4
BIOL 322 Human Physiology-Anatomy 2 4
BIOL 353 4
Choose one of the following three Ecology courses:
BIOL 346 Ecological Assessment 3
BIOL 347 Environmental Conservation 3
BIOL 442 Ecology 3
Supporting Sciences
MATH 120 or higher 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5
Choose one of the following two Organic Chemistry options:
CHEM 214 Fund of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry 2 5
Choose one of the following two Biochemistry courses:
CHEM 324 Fund of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 364 Biochemistry 4
Choose one of the following three Physics options:
PHYS 130 Concepts in Physics 4
PHYS 211 Introductory Physics 1 4
PHYS 212 Introductory Physics 2 4
PHYS 241 General Physics 1 5
PHYS 242 General Physics 2 5
Additional Program Requirements
Application area additional biology related credits (consult advisor) 5
Electives to a credit total of 121 credits (consult advisor)

Why Choose Biology?

The B.S. Biology program 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.

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

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