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The Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for those who wish to pursue careers in the biological sciences, medicine, dentistry, or other related biotech fields. A minimum of 37 s.h. in Biological Sciences is required for the BS degree.

The BS degree in biological sciences requires a minimum of 37 semester hours from within the Department of Biological Sciences. (Courses at the 1000 level are not applicable to a Bachelor of Science degree.):

COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement (Met with MATH 1570 in the major)
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences: (This requirement is satisfied by the major requirements below)
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Required Biology Courses (37 s.h.)
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 1
4
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory 1
4
BIOL 3721Genetics3
or BIOL 3759 Evolution
BIOL 4861Senior Biology Capstone Experience2
Electives in Biology
24 s.h. of BIOL courses at the 3000-5000 level. At least two of these courses must have a laboratory component, with at least one at the 4800-5800 level.
Required Support Courses
Mathematics - take one of the following courses (4 s.h.):4
Applied Calculus 1
Calculus 1
Statistics - take one of the following courses (3-4 s.h.):3-4
Biometry
Statistical Methods
Physics - take one of the following sequences (9-10 s.h.):9-10
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
OR
General Physics 1
and General Physics Laboratory 1
General Physics 2
and General Physics laboratory 2
Chemistry (16 s.h.):16
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Minor and Electives to reach 120 47
Total Semester Hours120-124

Enrollment in the recitation sections are recommended for PHYS 1501 and the above Chemistry courses. Recitation Chemistry courses may not count toward the Chemistry minor. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
ENGL 1550
Writing 1 (electives may be substituted if excused based on results of Placement Test)
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
GER AL/SS/SPA 3
 Semester Hours15-16
Spring
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (electives may be substituted if excused based on results of Placement Test) 3
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
GER Elective (CMST 1545) 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 2
Fall
General Elective 3
Biology Elective 4
MATH 1570
Applied Calculus 1
or Calculus 1
4
BIOL 3721
Genetics (CT)
or Evolution
3
CHEM 3719 Organic Chemistry 1 4
 Semester Hours18
Spring
Biology Elective 4
STAT 3717
Statistical Methods
or Biometry
3-4
CHEM 3720 Organic Chemistry 2 4
GER elective (SI) 3
 Semester Hours14-15
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3700-5800 course 4
PHYS 1501
1501L
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
5
GER Elective (PS) 3
GER Elective (SI) 3
Elective 4
 Semester Hours19
Spring
BIOL 3700-5800 course 4
PHYS 1502
1502L
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
4
GER Elective (AL) 3
GER Elective (PS) 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 4
Fall
BIOL 5800 course 4
GER elective (AL) 3
General Electives 6
 Semester Hours13
Spring
BIOL 3700-5800 course 4
BIOL 4861 Senior Biology Capstone Experience 2
General Electives 5-7
 Semester Hours11-13
 Total Semester Hours121-125

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the major in biological sciences are as follows:

  •  Students will be prepared for entry into professional health or research related schools, post-graduate (MS, PhD) programs, or the work place.
  •  Students will master the subjects found on standardized tests (molecular biology, physiology, immunology) required for entrance into professional schools (MCAT, GRE, etc.).
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles and their application.
  •  Students should be able to reason critically, both individually and in collaboration with other students.