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Major Tracks

Rosemont College offers many tracks for Biology majors. Classes are focused on the science students benefit. Throughout years of study, students learn from a diverse and highly respected staff. Below are the requirements for each track of study. 

BIO 0115-SCIENCE FOR LIFE Credits: 3

A non-majors scientific literacy course that explores the science behind important issues facing society today. Discover “your inner scientist” by reading and understanding science articles in the popular press and learn how to make informed decisions about everyday situations.

Requirements: None. Prerequisites: None. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0115 HONORS SCIENCE FOR LIFE Credits: 3

An honors course for non majors that explores relevant topics in biology. For students with a foundation in biology, this course focuses on synthesizing biological knowledge, developing critical thinking skills, and applying to current issues. Requirements: Acceptance into the Honors program or POI. Prerequisites: One year high school biology. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0115-80 SCIENCE FOR LIFE ONLINE Credits: 3

A non-majors scientific literacy online course that explores the science behind important issues facing society today. Discover “your inner scientist” by understanding science articles and videos and learn how to make informed decisions about everyday situations. Requirements: Not open to first year students. Must have GPA of 2.8 or higher. Prerequisites: None. Course fulfills the Developing the Core/Science requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

BIO 0130 SCIENCE ISSUES (BIOLOGY) Credits: 3

A study of the biological principles, concepts and related current scientific issues that will offer the opportunity to develop an understanding of science in relation to technological advances and effects on society. Emphasis will be placed on health related topics. Requirements: Students who would like to major in Biology, Nursing or a related health field and who do not place into College Algebra, MAT 0115, must first take this course and its associated one credit laboratory and earn a B or higher grade before enrolling in BIO 0150. Prerequisites: None. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0131 SCIENCE ISSUES (BIOLOGY) LABORATORY Credits: 1

Laboratory to accompany Science Issues lecture, BIO-0130. Focused on developing math and laboratory skills necessary for a biology major. Studies of cells, DNA and protein structure, Mendelian genetics are included. Requirements: Students who would like to major in Biology, Nursing or a related health field and who do not place into College Algebra, MAT 0115, must first take this course and its associated one credit laboratory and earn a B or higher grade before enrolling in BIO 0150 Prerequisites: None. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0150 General Biology I Credits: 3

Introductory course into the cellular structure with emphasis on the cell cycle, genetics, and cellular metabolism. Includes laboratory experience. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: High school biology and high school chemistry and placement into MAT 0115 or a higher level math class, or a grade of B or higher in BIO 0130 and BIO 0131. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0151 General Biology I Laboratory Credits: 1

An introductory laboratory, to accompany BIO 0150, examining cellular structure with emphasis on
the cell cycle, genetics, and cellular metabolism. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: None. Offered: Fall semester.
BIO 0151 HONORS General Biology I Credits: 1
An inquiry based laboratory, to accompany BIO 0150, that develops important skills such as detailed observation, measurement and recording, microscopy, experimental design, data interpretation and analysis. Exercises focus on the fundamentals of cells, biochemistry, metabolism and genetics. Students
will conduct experiments that have a greater degree of difficulty and require more
in-depth analysis.Collaborative learning projects with technology are incorporated. Requirements: Acceptance into the Honors program. Prerequisites: Students must have completed high school biology and high school chemistry and have a minimum score of 500 on the Math portion of the SAT. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0155 GENERAL BIOLOGY II Credits: 3

Insights into the diversity of life by comparing the biology of organisms on different branches of the tree of life. Emphasis is on understanding evolutionary relationships among plants and animals by focusing on comparative anatomy, physiology, and ecology. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology score of 4, BIO 0150 and BIO 0151 with a minimum grade of C. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0156 GENERAL BIOLOGY II LABORATORY Credits: 1

An introductory laboratory, to accompany BIO 0155, examining the diversity of life. Emphasis is on understanding plant and animal biology, ecology and evolution. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology score of 4, BIO 0150 and BIO 0151 with a minimum grade of C. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0200 MICROBIOLOGY Credits: 3

A study of the structure, life cycles, physiology, nutrition, metabolism and genetics of the major groups of microorganisms, as well as microbe human interactions, infection, disease, and immunity. The laboratory component emphasizes methods in culturing, staining, and determining physiological reactions of representative organisms. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology score of 5, or BIO 0150, BIO 0155, and BIO 0220 or POI. Offered: Spring semester

BIO 0201 MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY Credits: 1

Laboratory experience, to accompany BIO 0200, Microbiology Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology score of 5, or BIO 0150, BIO 0155, and BIO 0220 or POI. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0220 GENETICS Credits: 3

A study of elementary principles governing Mendelian and non Mendelian inheritance as they pertain to chromosomes, mapping, recombination, and mutation in eukaryotic organisms. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0155 or POI. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0222 GENETICS LABORATORY Credits: 1

Lab experience, to accompany BIO 0220, Genetics. The laboratory component includes experiments dealing with Mendelian and non Mendelian inheritance, probability, Chi-square testing, mutation, karyotyping, and molecular genetics. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0155 or POI. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0230 ECOLOGY Credits: 3

A study of the fundamental interrelationships between plants and animals and their living and non-living environment. Includes laboratory and field experience. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0155 and CHE 0143, CHE 0145 or POI. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0231 ECOLOGY LABORATORY Credits: 1

Laboratory experience, to accompany BIO 0230, Ecology. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0155 and CHE 0143, CHE 0145 or POI. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0235 NUTRITION Credits: 3

This course is a study of food and its importance for sustaining life as well as its impact on health. Students will develop an understanding of the various nutrient classes and their actions within the human body for the maintenance of homeostasis. Case study analysis of diseased states resulting from nutritional imbalances will be employed to further emphasize the role of nutrition in normal physiological functioning. Students will use their newly acquired nutritional knowledge to evaluate their own diets as well as physical activity levels and then make recommendations for improvement. Additional topics to be covered include: nutrition throughout the life cycle, food safety and global nutrition. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: BIO 0150; BIO 0155 is not a prerequisite but is highly recommended; POI. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0240 EVOLUTION Credits: 3

An introduction to modern evolutionary theory, emphasizing speciation in general and in humans in particular. Supporting evidence derived from paleontology, biogeography, taxonomy, embryology, comparative anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0155 or POI. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0243 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY Credits: 3

Theories, research and methods/practices of Forensic Anthropology. Topics include crime detection; forensic context and recovery methods; initial treatment and examination of evidence; forensic attributions (ancestry, age and sex); trauma study; pathological conditions and skeletal malies; post-mortem analysis and other aspects of individualization; record keeping and utilization; forensic ethics; testimony (preparation/presentation of evidence in legal and other settings). Requirements: None. Prerequisites: None. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0245 ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY I Credits: 3

A comparative systematic study of vertebrate anatomy and physiology with laboratory focusing on form through individual gross dissection of major anatomical systems in representative specimens and lecture emphasizing integration and function of body systems. The origin of vertebrate classes will be discussed, highlighting homology and the interplay of anatomical form and physiological function. Includes laboratory experience. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0151 and BIO 0155 and BIO0156 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145, and CHE 0230 and CHE 0231. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0247 ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY I LABORATORY Credits: 1

Laboratory experience, to accompany BIO 0245, Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I. The course is a systematic laboratory study of vertebrate anatomy and physiology focusing on form through individual gross dissection of major anatomical systems in representative specimens, and lecture emphasizing integration and function of body systems. The origin of vertebrate classes will be discussed, highlighting homology, and the interplay of anatomical form and physiological function. It includes gross dissection, histology and multimedia. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0151, and BIO 0155 and BIO 0156, or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0247 HONORS ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY I LABORATORY Credits: 1

An honors level systematic laboratory, to accompany BIO 0245, study of vertebrate anatomy and physiology focusing on form through individual gross dissection of major anatomical systems in representative specimens, and lecture emphasizing integration and function of body systems. The origin of vertebrate classes will be discussed, highlighting homology, and the interplay of anatomical form and physiological function. It includes gross dissection, histology, multimedia, virtual laboratory experience and case studies. Requirements: Acceptance into the Honors program. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150 and BIO 0151, and BIO 0155 and BIO 0156, or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145 Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0250 ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY II Credits: 3

A continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. This course is a comparative systematic study of the following vertebrate anatomy and physiology organ systems: endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system and the urinary system. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: BIO 0245 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0251 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II LABORATORY Credits: 1

A comparative systematic study of the following vertebrate, anatomy any physiology organ systems: endocrine systems, cardiovascular system (including the heart, blood, and hemodynamics), lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system and the reproductive system. The lab will involve dissection of the above organ systems in the cat and histology slides of those organ systems. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: BIO 0245 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0335 IMMUNOLOGY Credits: 3

A course providing a basic understanding of cellular and humoral immunity, theories of the structure and the function of antibodies, antibody formation, antibody specificity, active and passive immunity, and hypersensitivity. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150, BIO 0155, BIO 0200, BIO 0220 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142, CHE 0145. Offered: Fall semester.

BIO 0340 VIROLOGY Credits: 3

An examination of the structure and replication of viruses and the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral infections and their diagnosis and control. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0102, BIO 0150, BIO 0155, BIO 0220 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142, CHE 0145. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0400 MOLECULAR GENETICS Credits: 3

A review of the history, scientific methodology, and principles of molecular genetics. Topics will include DNA (replication, mutation, and recombination), RNA (transcript translation, genetic code, and protein synthesizing apparatus), gene regulation, and molecular evolution. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150, BIO 0155, BIO 0220 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0401 MOLECULAR GENETICS LABORATORY Credits: 1

Laboratory experience, to accompany BIO 0400, Molecular Genetics. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: AP biology or BIO 0150, BIO 0155, BIO 0220 or POI; AP chemistry or CHE 0142 and CHE 0145. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0421 SENIOR SEMINAR I Credits: 3

A seminar based on the presentation of papers on current biological topics followed by discussion. Prerequisite: senior biology major status. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: Biology major with Junior or Senior status. Offered: Spring semester.

BIO 0450 RESEARCH Credits: 1-3

This course provides an opportunity to participate in various research projects under the direction of a member of the biology faculty. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: POI. Offered: Fall and Spring semesters.

BIO 0455 INDEPENDENT STUDY Credits: 1-3

This course provides an opportunity for students to study current topics in biology under the direction of a member of the biology faculty. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: Open to junior and senior biology majors and permission of Discipline Chair. Offered: Upon rotation.

BIO 0460 INTERNSHIP Credits: 1-3

This course involves supervised work experience, usually at a research site or university research laboratory. The type and period of work as well as the means of evaluation will be arranged by the on- site research supervisor in consultation with the student’s advisor. Requirements: None. Prerequisites: Open to junior and senior biology majors or POI. Offered: Upon rotation

The Biology Track requires 56-57 credits of courses in biology and chemistry. In addition to meeting the course requirements all students must also fulfill the General Education Requirements for the Undergraduate College. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Biology Track requires 120 credits.

 

General Education Requirements: 9 credits from the Biology major can be applied towards General Education requirements.

Courses  CREDITS
BIO 0150 General Biology I (Cell)

3

BIO 0151 General Biology I (Cell) Laboratory 1
BIO 0155 General Biology II (Organismal) 3
BIO 0156 General Biology II (Organismal) Laboratory 3
BIO 0200 Microbiology                    1
BIO 0201 Microbiology Laboratory 3
BIO 0220 Genetics           3
BIO 0222 Genetics Laboratory 3
BIO 0230 Ecology 1
BIO 0240 Evolution 3
BIO 0245 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 0247 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I                  1
BIO 0400 Molecular Genetics 3
BIO 0401 Molecular Genetics Laboratory 3
BIO 0421 Senior Seminar 3
BIO 0450 Undergraduate Research                                                 
OR
BIO 0460 Internship       
3
Two Biology Elective Courses chosen from the following: Credits
BIO 0231 Ecology Laboratory      1
BIO 0235 Nutrition           3
BIO 0250 Anatomy and Physiology II       3
BIO 0251 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory                1
BIO 0335 Immunology   3
BIO 0340 Virology             3
ENV 0200 Environmental Science 3
BIO 0450 Undergraduate Research                                                               
OR
BIO 0460 Internship

3

 

 

Required Supporting Courses Credits
CHE 0142 General Chemistry I   3
CHE 0143 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHE 0145 General Chemistry II                   3
CHE 0146 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
*Electives: The remaining hours are electives and can consist of science courses, but should not be limited to those particular disciplines.

The Environmental Science track provides a strong foundation in the sciences which could then be applied to solve ecological issues which are fundamental to solving ecological issues at a policy and/or social level. Issues relating to protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development continue to be priorities at the local, national, and global levels. Contemporary environmental quality problems include management of biodiversity, air and water pollution, as well as the investigation of the link between human health and environment. Examples of areas that environmental professionals work in include the evaluation and management of resources at governmental and corporate levels, policy and implementation of global warming concerns, scientific and laboratory assessment as well as research opportunities in academia and the non-profit sector. This track promotes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues through both coursework and independent study/internship

experience allowing students to address all parameters important in sustainable development.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR A B.A. IN BIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TRACK

 

The Environmental Science Track requires 51 credits of courses in biology and chemistry. In addition to meeting the course requirements all students must also fulfill the General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Environmental Science Track requires 120 credits. General Education Requirements 9 credits from the Biology major can be applied towards General Education requirements.

Required Courses  42 CREDITS
BIO 0150 General Biology I (Cell)

3

BIO 0151 General Biology I (Cell) Laboratory 1
BIO 0155 General Biology II (Organismal) 3
BIO 0156 General Biology II (Organismal) Laboratory 3
BIO 0200 Microbiology                    1
BIO 0201 Microbiology Laboratory 3
BIO 0220 Genetics           3
BIO 0222 Genetics Laboratory 3
BIO 0230 Ecology 1
BIO 0240 Evolution 3
BIO 0245 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 0247 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I                  1
ENV 0200 Environmental Science              3
BIO 0421 Senior Seminar 3
BIO 0450 Undergraduate Research                                                 
OR
BIO 0460 Internship       
3
Two Biology Elective Courses chosen from the following:  Credits
BIO 0231 Ecology Laboratory      1
BIO 0235 Nutrition           3
BIO 0250 Anatomy and Physiology II       3
BIO 0251 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory                1
BIO 0335 Immunology   3
BIO 0340 Virology             3
ENV 0200 Environmental Science 3
BIO 0450 Undergraduate Research                                                               
OR
BIO 0460 Internship
3
Required Supporting Courses Credits
CHE 0142 General Chemistry I    3
CHE 0143 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHE 0145 General Chemistry II                    3
CHE 0146 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHE 0230 Organic Chemistry I 3
Recommended Supporting Courses  Credits
PHI 0290 Environmental Ethics                                     3
*Electives: The remaining hours are electives and can consist of science courses, but should not be limited to those particular disciplines.

The Biology, Pre-Health Track requires 64 credits of courses in biology, chemistry and physics. In addition, a course in calculus is strongly recommended for all Biology, Pre-Health majors. In addition, all students must fulfill the General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. The

Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Pre-Health Track requires 120 credits. General Education Requirements 9 credits from the student’s Biology major can be applied to General Education requirements.

The Environmental Science track provides a strong foundation in the sciences which could then be applied to solve ecological issues which are fundamental to solving ecological issues at a policy and/or social level. Issues relating to protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development continue to be priorities at the local, national, and global levels. Contemporary environmental quality problems include management of biodiversity, air and water pollution, as well as the investigation of the link between human health and environment. Examples of areas that environmental professionals work in include the evaluation and management of resources at governmental and corporate levels, policy and implementation of global warming concerns, scientific and laboratory assessment as well as research opportunities in academia and the non-profit sector. This track promotes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues through both coursework and independent study/internship

experience allowing students to address all parameters important in sustainable development.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR A B.A. IN BIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TRACK

 

The Environmental Science Track requires 51 credits of courses in biology and chemistry. In addition to meeting the course requirements all students must also fulfill the General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Environmental Science Track requires 120 credits. General Education Requirements 9 credits from the Biology major can be applied towards General Education requirements.

Required Courses  42 CREDITS
BIO 0150 General Biology I (Cell)

3

BIO 0151 General Biology I (Cell) Laboratory 1
BIO 0155 General Biology II (Organismal) 3
BIO 0156 General Biology II (Organismal) Laboratory 3
BIO 0200 Microbiology                    1
BIO 0201 Microbiology Laboratory 3
BIO 0220 Genetics           3
BIO 0222 Genetics Laboratory 3
BIO 0245 Anatomy and Physiology I         1
BIO 0240 Evolution 3
BIO 0245 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 0247 Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I                  1
BIO 0250 Anatomy and Physiology II               3
BIO 0251 Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
BIO 0400 Molecular Genetics    3
BIO 0401 Molecular Genetics Laboratory 1
BIO 0421 Senior Seminar 3
BIO 0450 Undergraduate Research                                                 
OR
BIO 0460 Internship       
3
One Biology Elective chosen from(3 credits): Credits
BIO 0230 Ecology                 1
BIO 0235 Nutrition           3
BIO 0240 Evolution          3
BIO 0335 Immunology   3
BIO 0340 Virology             3
ENV 0200 Environmental Science 3
BIO 0450 Undergraduate Research                                                               
OR
BIO 0460 Internship
3
Required Supporting Courses Credits
CHE 0142 General Chemistry I    3
CHE 0143 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHE 0145 General Chemistry II                    3
CHE 0146 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHE 0230 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 0231 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHE 0235 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 0236 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory           1
CHE 0400 Biochemistry I                3
PHY 0100 General Physics I         3
PHY 0103 General Physics I Laboratory                  1
PHY 0101 General Physics II 3
PHY 0104 General Physics II Laboratory                 1

 

Recommended Supporting Courses Credits:
MAT 0120 Calculus I                           3
ENC 0310 MCAT Review                  1

*Electives: The remaining hours are electives and can consist of science courses, but should not be limited to those particular disciplines.

 

Minor Requirements:

Choose from the following courses:

Credits- 18-20
BIO 0150 General Biology I (Cell) 3
BIO 0151 General Biology I (Cell) Laboratory 1
BIO 0155 General Biology II (Organismal) 3
BIO 0156 General Biology II (Organismal) Laboratory 1
BIO 0200 Microbiology                    3
BIO 0201 Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIO 0220 Genetics 3
BIO 0222 Genetics Laboratory 1
Two Biology Electives:

Choose from the following courses

Credits- 6-8
BIO 0230 Ecology 3
BIO 0240 Evolution 1
BIO 0245 Anatomy and Physiology I         3
BIO 0247 Anatomy Physiology I Laboratory 1
BIO 0400 Molecular Genetics    3
BIO 0401 Molecular Genetics Laboratory 1
Minor Requirements:

Choose from the following courses

Credits- 19
BIO 0150 General Biology I (Cell) 3
BIO 0151 General Biology I (Cell) Laboratory 1
BIO 0155 General Biology II (Organismal) 3
BIO 0156 General Biology II (Organismal) Laboratory 1
BIO 0200 Microbiology                    3
BIO 0201 Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIO 0230 Ecology 3
BIO 0231 Ecology Laboratory      1
BIO 0240 Evolution          3