Bloomsburg University Academic Programs
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Biology (B.A.)

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, College of Science and Technology

Effective Fall, 2009

Biology majors should schedule BIOLOGY.290 Writing in Biology in their sophomore year. If BIOLOGY.290 cannot be scheduled, ENGLISH.201 English Composition II may be substituted. In addition to general education requirements, additional free elective hours are required to meet the university requirement of 120 hours for a baccalaureate degree.

Foreign language requirement. Choose any one of the following courses: CHINESE.102 Chinese 2, FRENCH.101 French 1, FRENCH.102 French 2, FRENCH.203 French 3, FRENCH.204 French 4, GERMAN.101 German 1, GERMAN.102 German 2, GERMAN.203 German 3, GERMAN.204 German 4, ITALIAN.102 Italian 2, LATIN.102 Latin 2, RUSSIAN.102 Russian 2, RUSSIAN.103 Russian 3, RUSSIAN.104 Russian 4, SPANISH.101 Spanish 1, SPANISH.102 Spanish 2, SPANISH.203 Spanish 3 or SPANISH.204 Spanish 4.

A maximum of 3 credit hours of BIOLOGY.490 may be applied as a biology elective credit toward the degree. A maximum of 6 credit hours from among BIOLOGY.390, BIOLOGY.391, BIOLOGY.490, BIOLOGY.493 and BIOLOGY.494 may be applied as biology elective credit toward the degree.

Students intending to apply to graduate programs in Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant are strongly encouraged to pursue the B.A. in Biology.

Pre-Physical Therapy - Physical therapists examine, diagnose, and treat patients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiac, neurological, and pulmonary problems. They carry out programs to help increase a patient’s strength and flexibility, to relieve pain, and to help limit permanent physical disabilities. Most physical therapy degree programs are now at the doctoral level, although there are still a few at the master’s level. Students complete a bachelor’s degree (we strongly recommend the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology) at Bloomsburg then transfer to a physical therapy program where they earn a masters (M.S. PT) or a doctoral (D.PT) degree. These programs are usually 2 or 3 years in length. Bloomsburg students have been admitted to many different schools; there are 14 in Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg has affiliation agreements with Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel-Hahnemann University that guarantee admission to our students providing specific undergraduate requirements are met.

Pre-Physician Assistant - Physician assistants work under the supervision of and in collaboration with physicians. They provide a broad range of diagnostic, educational, and therapeutic patient care services. There is currently a great deal of variation in the length of physician assistant education programs and the degrees granted. Some programs offer certificates of completion, some offer bachelor’s degrees, and others offer master’s degrees. Students may complete 2 or 3 years of core science and math courses at Bloomsburg and then transfer into a physician assistant program, or they can complete the Bachelor of Arts in Biology and then transfer into a masters PA degree program. Bloomsburg students have been admitted into many different physician assistant schools; there are 14 in Pennsylvania.

Required courses:

BIOLOGY.114 Concepts in Biology I

BIOLOGY.115 Concepts in Biology II

BIOLOGY.242 Microbiology

BIOLOGY.271 Cell Biology

BIOLOGY.332 Genetics

BIOLOGY.351 Ecology

BIOLOGY.479 Integrated Physiology Laboratory

And at least one of the following physiology lecture courses:

BIOLOGY.472 Animal Cell Physiology

BIOLOGY.474 Human Physiology

BIOLOGY.477 Plant Physiology

BIOLOGY.478 Microbial Physiology

BIOLOGY.480 Comparative Animal Physiology


MATH.141 Introduction to Statistics

Physical Sciences

CHEM.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I

CHEM.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II

CHEM.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry or PHYSICS.111 Introduction to Physics I

And 13 additional biology (minimum of 9 credits in biology) and other science electives to total 43 total credits for the major.

Biology and Other Science Electives - choose from the following:

BIOLOGY.200 Dendrology

BIOLOGY.211 Invertebrate Zoology

BIOLOGY.212 Vertebrate Zoology

BIOLOGY.222 Comparative Biology of Plants

BIOLOGY.233 Human Genetics

BIOLOGY.252 Field Zoology

BIOLOGY.263 Field Botany

BIOLOGY.331 Embryology

BIOLOGY.333 Molecular Biology

BIOLOGY.342 Medical Microbiology

BIOLOGY.343 Immunology

BIOLOGY.361 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BIOLOGY.364 Vertebrate Histology

BIOLOGY.390 Undergraduate Research in Biology I

BIOLOGY.391 Undergraduate Research in Biology II

BIOLOGY.411 Radiation Biology

BIOLOGY.430 Evolution

BIOLOGY.431 Developmental Biology

BIOLOGY.432 Microbial and Molecular Genetics

BIOLOGY.435 Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis

BIOLOGY.442 Virology of Mammals

BIOLOGY.444 Plant and Animal Tissue Culture

BIOLOGY.450 Mycology

BIOLOGY.451 Conservation Biology

BIOLOGY.452 Limnology

BIOLOGY.457 Entomology

BIOLOGY.459 Ornithology

BIOLOGY.460 Population Biology

BIOLOGY.461 Animal Behavior

BIOLOGY.472 Animal Cell Physiology

BIOLOGY.474 Human Physiology

BIOLOGY.476 Neurophysiology

BIOLOGY.477 Plant Physiology

BIOLOGY.478 Microbial Physiology

BIOLOGY.481 Senior Seminar in Biology

BIOLOGY.484 Methods in Biotechnology

BIOLOGY.489 Current Topics in Biology

BIOLOGY.490 Internship in Biological and Allied Health Sciences

BIOLOGY.493 Honors Independent Study I

BIOLOGY.494 Honors Independent Study II

CHEM.230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

CHEM.341 Biochemistry I

CHEM.342 Biochemistry II

MATH.123 Essentials of Calculus

MARSCI.221 Marine Invertebrates

MARSCI.241 Marine Biology

MARSCI.250 Wetland Ecology

MARSCI.260 Marine Ecology

MARSCI.298 Physiology of Marine Invertebrates

MARSCI.300 Behavior of Marine Organisms

MARSCI.330 Tropical Invertebrates

MARSCI.342 Marine Botany

MARSCI.343 Marine Ichthyology

MARSCI.345 Comparative Physiology of Marine Organisms

MARSCI.341 Ecology of Marine Plankton

MARSCI.432 Marine Evolutionary Ecology

MARSCI.441 Biology of Molluscs

MARSCI.464 Biological Oceanography

MARSCI.470 Research Diver Methods

MARSCI.490 Marine Aquaculture

MARSCI.491 Coral Reef Ecology

MARSCI.492 Marine Mammals

MARSCI.493 Behavioral Ecology

PHYSICS.111 Introduction to Physics I

PHYSICS.112 Introduction to Physics II

Students seeking Secondary Education Certification in Biology must declare majors in both Biology (BA) and Secondary Education (Biology) and complete the full Biology (BA) course sequence as well as the Secondary Education Professional Course and Certification requirements. Students must consult their advisers in both departments each semester regarding course selection and other certification requirements. Full program requirements for students seeking Secondary Education Certification in Biology may be found at