Jul 16, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (B.S.): General Biology concentration

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This program focuses on the core sub-disciplines of biology, including molecular and cellular biology, organismal biology, ecology and evolution. Students  explore the world in the field and in laboratory, working side by side with professors and peers conducting research and benefiting from advanced learning opportunities typically reserved for graduate-level students. Students graduate with a B.S. in Biology concentrating in General Biology. Graduates who also successfully complete the required education courses for secondary licensure become candidates for a license to teach science in grades 7-12.

Biology Programs at JSC

The study of biology serves all college majors and professionals by preparing them to understand and deal with the many biological concepts, issues and problems in their fields. Our program is designed to introduce the core sub-disciplines of biology and to offer advanced studies in organismal, human, molecular and environmental biology. Microbiologists, physiologists, zoologists, molecular biologists, field naturalists, ecologists, marine biologists, agricultural scientists, foresters, wildlife managers, physicians, therapists, nutritionists, toxicologists, science writers and teachers are a sample of the professionals who commonly begin as biology majors.

Students in the biology program explore outdoor laboratories ranging from the College’s Babcock Nature Preserve to areas as diverse as tropical ecosystems and the American west. On campus, our program is supported by teaching laboratories, a greenhouse, an artificial stream laboratory, a cellular and molecular laboratory, and extensive herbarium and vertebrate museum collections.

The research activities of the faculty include understanding cell behavior at the molecular level, classification of plants, improving teaching in biology, vertebrate ecology and studying environmental pollution.

The B.S. in Biology is designed for students who desire a comprehensive training in the life sciences leading to areas in education, research or medicine. As noted above, graduates who also complete the required education courses for secondary licensure become candidates for a license to teach science in grades 7-12.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand the fundamental concepts of each of the following biological disciplines and the relationships among them: organismal biology, ecology, cellular/molecular biology and evolution.
  • Students will design and carry out a research study that incorporates the major steps in the scientific method of investigation.
  • Students will communicate effectively both in scientific writing and oral presentations.
  • Students will learn and apply ethical guidelines.

Biology Curriculum (42 credits)

General Biology Concentration Curriculum

Electives (choose at least 1 from each set):

Total: 65-66 credits

* These courses also fulfill requirements in the Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Outdoor Education and Wellness & Alternative Medicine programs.

+ These courses also fulfill the General Education Curriculum requirements.

Secondary Teaching License in Science

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach science in grades 7-12 must successfully complete one of the approved majors for this endorsement (the B.A. in Biology: Field Naturalist , B.S. in Biology: General , B.S. in Biology: Pre-Medical B.S. in Health Sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy  B.S. in Environmental Science: Analysis & Assessment , or B.S. in Environmental Science: Policy & Advocacy ), as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards  .

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