Biology, B.S.

General Education Program
Writing (WR)3
Quantitative Literacy (QR)3-4
Oral Communications (OC)3
Fitness/Health (FH)2-3
Information, Technology & Media Literacy (ITML)3
Religious Studies (RS)3
Freshman Seminar (FS)1
Humanistic & Creative Expression (HCE)6
Natural & Physical World (NPW)6-10
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Philosophical, Ethical & Moral Dimensions (PEM)6
Environment & Human Experience (SEH)6
World Heritage & Global Perspectives (WHG)6
Biology Major
BIO-1201General Biology I5
BIO-1202General Biology II5
BIO-2250Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO-4998Biology Seminar1
BIO Distribution, select one course in each group 115-16
Select one course from Group A below
Select one course from Group B below
Select one course from Group C below
Select one BIO course 2000 or higher
CHE-2101Organic Chemistry I5
CHE-2102Organic Chemistry II5
MAT-2202Calculus I4
Select one of the following courses:3-4
Calculus II
PHY-2001General Physics I4
PHY-2002General Physics II4
General Electives 213
Total Hours124-132

The successful completion of BIO-4998 Biology Seminar satisfies the College’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis requirement.

Group A —Population Biology Ecology and Evolution

Select one of the following courses:4
Invertebrate Zoology
Biological Evolution
Topic: Parasitology
Total Hours4

 Group B—Molecular and Cellular Biology

Select one of the following courses:4
Advanced Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Total Hours4

Group C—Organismal Biology

Select one of the following courses:3-4
Comparative Anatomy
Developmental Biology
Total Hours3-4

The General Education Program is the academic cornerstone of St. Francis College and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded students to enter and participate in a changing and culturally diverse world.

As an integrated program of studies, it focuses on developing the skills expected of a liberally educated person. It provides students with a broadly-based foundation outside their areas of specialization, an understanding of how various disciplines intersect and differ, and assists in cultivating a disposition for lifelong learning.

Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to creative expression
  2. Communicate ideas and information through written, oral, visual and digital media
  3. Employ critical and analytical skills
  4. Value diverse perspectives of the human experience
  5. Implement information, technology and media literacy
  6. Demonstrate quantitative literacy

Foundation Courses- First Year College (18 credits)

To ensure refinement of basic reasoning and cognitive skills needed for successful completion of any college degree program, the general education program requires 18 credits in foundational courses targeting student learning outcomes (SLOs) in writing; quantitative reasoning; oral communications; information, technology, and media literacy; fitness or health; religious studies; and the Freshman Seminar. Each student is required to successfully complete one course in each of the areas of the First Year College.

Bodies of Knowledge (30 credits)

A selection of 30 credits in broad areas of inquiry, designated as Bodies of Knowledge, allow students the flexibility to gain breadth and depth in a field outside of a major. Each student is required to successfully complete two different courses in each of the five Bodies of Knowledge.