2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Biology

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

Program Requirements

Biology, BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Biology?

The B.S. Biology programs provides a quality bachelor's 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 bachelor's 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 bachelor's degree to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences. Because admission to advanced programs is competitive, academic excellence as an undergraduate is important.

More Information

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
3
Electives - 13-26 Credits to reach minimum 121 required.