Biological Sciences

                                 
The Bachelor of Science in Biology at USW prepares students for a multitude of life science careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology. The Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Science in Biology-Pre-Med degree plans may be utilized for entrance into health care and graduate programs in Biology and other Natural Sciences. USW offers our biology majors small class sizes and individual attention from terminally-degreed expert faculty members.

We currently offer 50 courses across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics. There are also 14 supporting courses available in mathematics.  




Degrees

To earn a degree, students at USW must complete the curriculum and meet other requirements for a degree as listed in the USW University Catalog.  All students are required to have a major and
declare a minor for graduation.

Facilities

The majority of science lectures are located in the Fadke Arts and Sciences building. The Biology laboratory is found in the Fadke Arts and Sciences building. The Chemistry and Geology laboratories are located in the Joan Tucker Center for Business. 

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Pre-Health Professionals

Many students who come to USW are interested in pursuing careers in the in the allied health industry. Our biology programs are organized to offer classroom intensive, servant leadership oriented programs to prepare students for admission to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, nursing, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, and chiropractic science.

  • Pre-Med
        Enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Biology–Pre-Medicine curriculum. Prerequisites vary between medical schools. Please check with the medical schools you are intending to apply to for specific requirements. However, most medical schools will accept students with any degree plan as long as they include these courses:

        Courses

        General Biology I & II
        Principles of Chemistry I & II
        Organic Chemistry I & II
        Physics I & II
        Biochemistry
        Statistics
        Anatomy & Physiology I &II
        Microbiology
        Cell Biology
        Genetics
        English (2-3 semesters)
        Additional requirements will vary
** Important Note for students planning to enter medical school.

        Online Coursework
 

        It is NOT recommended that any of the required prerequisites be taken through an online course. Many medical schools do not allow prerequisites that were taken as online courses. Some schools will determine acceptance of online coursework on a case by case basis. 

        AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Math

        Pre-Medicine students should be aware that currently, many medical schools are NOT ccepting AP Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Math as replacements for taking the courses at the college level. USW does allow high AP scores to substitute for many introductory classes. It is important for students to understand how Medical schools will treat their AP credit. These policies vary based on the institution, so please check with the medical school you are interested in at least one year prior to applying to ensure that you are prepared. 

  • Pre-Dental
        Enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Biology or the Bachelor of Science in Biology- Pre-Med option. Be sure to check for additional prerequisites.

  • Pre-Health Professionals
        This includes students planning on attending Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, or Optometry schools after graduation. Enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Biology-Pre-Med degree plan.

  • Pre-Nursing
        Students planning on applying to nursing school must complete the prerequisites required for admission to the nursing school. Admission to nursing school does not  require a B.S. degree. However, we encourage students to enroll in and complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Below is a suggested list of courses to take before applying for nursing school. Please check the schools you are interested in before applying.

Courses




Composition and Rhetoric ENG 1113

Rhetoric and Literature ENG 1123

General Psychology PSY 1103

Developmental Psychology PSY 3213

Nutrition BIO 3213/1

Principles of Chemistry CHEM 1103/1

Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 2103/1

Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 2113/1

Microbiology BIO 2203/1

Principles of Probability and Statistics MAT 2130

Religion 6 hours

Servant Leadership USW 2213

History 3 hours

Social Sciences 3 hours PSY, POS, SOC, ECO

Total 49 hours

Science Education

Students seeking a degree in science education through USW’s School of Education must complete a designated block of science courses and demonstrate competency in science pedagogy. For more information, please see the School of Education tab under Academics.

Bachelor of Science -Biology Degree Plan (Updated 2016)

Major (47 hrs)




General Biology II + Lab BIO 1153/1

General Botany + Lab BIO 3373/1

Zoology + Lab BIO 3313/1

Genetics + Lab BIO 3403/1

Cell Biology + Lab BIO 3513/1

Analytical Geometry and Calculus I MAT 2203

General Physics I + Lab PHY 1103/1

General Physics II + Lab PHY 1203/1

Principles of Chemistry II + Lab CHE 1203/1

Organic Chemistry I + Lab CHE 2203/1

Organic Chemistry II + Lab CHE 3203/1

Biochemistry + Lab BIO 3103/1

Bachelor of Science -Biology – Pre-Medicine Degree Plan (Updated 2016)
Area II: Major (55 hrs)




General Biology II + Lab BIO 1153/1

Human A & P I +Lab BIO 2103/1

Human A & P II + Lab BIO 2113/1

Genetics  + Lab BIO 3403/1

Cell Biology + Lab BIO 3513/1

Microbiology + Lab BIO 2203/1

Nutrition + Lab BIO 3213/1

General Physics I + Lab PHY 1103/1

General Physics II + Lab PHY 1203/1

Principles of Chemistry II + Lab CHE 1203/1

Organic Chemistry I + Lab CHE 2203/1

Organic Chemistry II + Lab CHE 3203

Biochemistry + Lab CHE 3303/1

Analytic Geometry & Calculus I MAT 2203

Bachelor of Science -Biology – Environmental Science Degree Plan
Area II: Major (52 sch)




Biology II + Lab BIO 1153/1

Botany + Lab BIO 3373/1

Zoology + Lab BIO 3313/1

General Physics I + Lab PHY 1103/1

General Physics II + Lab PHY 1203/1

Calculus I MAT 2203

Calculus II MAT 2403

Historical Geology + Lab GEO 1403/1

Principles of Chemistry I + Lab CHE 1203/1

Organic Chemistry I + Lab CHE 3103/1

Organic Chemistry II  + Lab CHE 3203/1

Environmental Science I ENV 1103

Environment & Energy ENV 3303

Minor – Biology (Updated 2016)
Sample Course Options




Genetics + Lab BIO 3403/1

General Botany + Lab BIO 3373/1

Zoology + Lab BIO 3313/1

Cell Biology + Lab BIO 3513/1

Minor – Pre-Med (Updated 2016)
Sample Course Options




Human A & P I + Lab BIO 2103/1

Human A & P II + Lab BIO 2113/1

Nutrition + Lab + Lab BIO 3543/1

Microbiology + Lab BIO 3103/1

Minor – Pre Physical Therapy




Principles of Chemistry I + Lab CHE 1103/1

Principles of Chemistry II + Lab CHE 1203/1

General Biology II & Lab BIO 1101/1103

Physiology of Exercise KES 3503

Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab BIO 2103/1

Anatomy & Physiology II + Lab BIO 2113/1

Probability & Statistics MAT 2130

Developmental Psychology PSY 3313