Biology Program

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology to a student who, in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences, fulfills the following requirements:

Complete a minimum of 48 semester hours of biological science to include 28 semester hours of the Biology core curriculum courses BIOL 155, 156, 203-204, 320, 326, 370, 401, and 440-441, and a minimum of 20 semester hours of selected biology concentration electives (see below).

Earn a grade of C or better in all science (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS) courses and mathematics (MATH) courses to be applied toward degree requirements.

Complete the Senior Exit exams the last semester before graduation.

Minor

A minor in biology requires the completion of 24 semester hours in the biological sciences with a minimum grade of C in all courses to include BIOL 155, 156, 203-204, and 12 hours of additional Biology courses approved by the Department Head.

Concentrations:

Students majoring in biology select from one of eleven areas of concentration based on elective biology courses taken in addition to Biology core curriculum courses.

The Department of Biological Sciences also offers a Master of Science Degree in Marine and Environmental Biology. Information can be found in the Graduate Programs section of this catalog.

  • CLR  – Computer Literacy Requirement
  • GER  – General Education Requirement
  • OCR  – Oral Communication Requirement
  • UUR  – University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BIOL 155 GER 4
1 BIOL 156 GER 4
1 CHEM 105 GER 3
1 CHEM 106 3
1 CHEM 110 2
1 CMPS or          
OIS
108-109 or 200
200
CLR 2
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course UR 1
1 MATH 165** GER 5
2 BIOL 203 3
2 BIOL 204 1
2 CHEM 221 3
2 CHEM 222 3
2 CHEM 226 2
2 HIST Elective GER 3
2 HIST Elective GER 3
2 MATH 301 3
2 PHYS 101 or 201 3
2 PHYS 203 1
2 PHYS 102 or 202 3
2 PHYS 204 1
2 Concentration Elective See below 4
3 BIOL 320 4
3 BIOL 326 4
3 BIOL 370 3
3 BIOL 440 3
3 BIOL 441 1
3 Concentration Elective See Below 4
3 Literature Elective GER 3
3 ENGL 368 or 468 GER 3
3 Concentration Elective See below 4
4 Fine Arts Elective GER 3
4 BIOL 401 1
4 SPCH 101 OCR 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
4 Concentration Elective See below 3
TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

**MATH 165 is the entry-level course for this major. All prerequisites for MATH 165 must be met prior to enrollment in the MATH 165 course.

NOTES:
(1)   BIOL 475 (Research Problems) is strongly recommended for Biology majors. BIOL 475 may be taken only twice for degree credit.
(2)   BIOL 471 through 478 are specialized courses in which students may enroll with permission of the department head. No more than a total of 6 hours from this series will apply as concentration electives.

Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration (BIOJ) Electives – 33 hours required:

BIOL 275 (2)  BIOL 460 (3)
BIOL 304 (required) (4)  BIOL 471 (1)
BIOL 315 (4)  BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 332 (4)  BIOL 476 (2)
BIOL 372 (4)  BIOL 490 (4)
BIOL 373 (4)  CHEM 435/CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 406 (1)  CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 408 (3) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 421 (required) (3)  Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
 BIOL 428 (3) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
BIOL 429 (2) Approved CMPS or OIS (required) (3)

Note: To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

Environmental Biology Concentration (BIOE) Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 275 (2)  BIOL 450 (3)
BIOL 283 (3)  BIOL 465 (4)
BIOL 301 (required) (3)  *BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 354 (4)  *BIOL 480 (required) (4)
BIOL 361 (4)  *BIOL 490 (4)
BIOL 372 (2)  **CHEM Elective (300-level or above) (required) (4)
BIOL 373 (4) CHEM 435 (3)
BIOL 404 (required) (4) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 406 (1) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 425 (2) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
*BIOL 430 (3) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)

**CHEM electives to include any lecture/laboratory series or CHEM 435-436. Note: To earn a minor in chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

General Biology Concentration (BIOL) Electives  – 33 hours required (Choose one or more courses from each of the following groups):

Group I  – Botany: Group II – Zoology:
BIOL 361 (Required) (4) BIOL 332 (4)
BIOL 348 (4)
BIOL 354 (4)
BIOL 373 (4)
BIOL 404 (4)
BIOL 450 (3)
Group III  – Environmental:  Group IV –  Other:
BIOL 283 (3) BIOL courses 300 or above (with approval of department head)
BIOL 284 (1) **CHEM Elective (300-level or above) (required) (4)
BIOL 301 (3) CHEM 435 (3)
*BIOL 430 (3) CHEM 436 (3)
*BIOL 465 (4) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
*BIOL 480 (4) Social Science Elective (required)(3)(GER)
*BIOL 490 (4) Social Science Elective (required)(3)(GER)

**CHEM electives to include any lecture/laboratory series or CHEM 435-436. Note: To earn a minor in chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

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Marine Biology Concentration (BIOM)  Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 283 (required) (3) BIOL 465 (4)
BIOL 284 (required) (1) *BIOL 472 (2)
BIOL 301 (3) *BIOL 473 (3)
BIOL 332 (4) *BIOL 474 (4)
BIOL 348 (required) (4) BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 354 (required) (4) BIOL 480 (4)
BIOL 361 (4) **CHEM Elective (300-level or above) (required) (4)
BIOL 372 (2) CHEM 435 (3)
BIOL 373 (4) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 404 (4) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 406 (1) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
*BIOL 430 (3) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
BIOL 450 (3)

Marine Biology students must take a course at LUMCON during intersession or summer session.

**CHEM electives to include any lecture/laboratory series or CHEM 435-436.

Note: (1) LUMCON Marine Biology Courses- require departmental approval (2) To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

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Microbiology Concentration (BIOC) Electives – 33 hours required

BIOL 275 (2) BIOL 471 (1)
BIOL 315 (required) (4) BIOL 475 (recommended) (2)
BIOL 372 (2) BIOL 480 (4)
BIOL 406 (1) **CHEM Elective (300-level or above) (required) (4)
BIOL 421 (3) CHEM 435 (3)
BIOL 425 (4) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 428 (required) (3) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 429 (required) (2) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
BIOL 460 (required) (3) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)

**CHEM electives to include any lecture/laboratory series or CHEM 435-436. Note: To earn a minor in chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

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PRE-PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Biological Sciences offers several preparatory curricula to students seeking admission to professional healthcare schools, such as Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Veterinary Medicine. These concentration areas are designed to earn for the student the Bachelor of Science in Biology from Nicholls in anticipation of entering such a professional school. Because some requirements (application deadlines, specific elective courses, completion of standardized tests, letters of recommendation) vary between schools, students remain responsible for determining and completing all such requirements for the particular professional school(s) to which they intend to apply.

Students majoring in pre-professional curricula who leave Nicholls before completing requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology may have completed all requirements for the Associate of General Studies degree and would be entitled to receive that degree. Such students should contact the Department of Biological Sciences for an assessment of eligibility.

In addition, some coursework completed at professional schools may be applicable toward the Bachelor of Science in Biology. Therefore, students who leave Nicholls before completing requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree and who attend professional school may have completed acceptable coursework toward the Bachelor of Science in Biology and would be entitled to receive that degree. Such students should contact the Department of Biological Sciences for an assessment of eligibility.

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Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry Concentration (BIOD) Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 304 (required) (4) BIOL 460 (3)
BIOL 315 (4) BIOL 461 (required) (5)
BIOL 332  (4) BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 372 (2) CHEM 435/CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 406 (1) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 408 (3) Humanities or fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 421 (3)   PSYC or SOCI Elective (required) (GER) (3)
BIOL 428 (3)   PSYC or SOCI Elective (required) (GER) (3)
BIOL 429 (2)

Note: To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration (BIOO) Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 304 (4) BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 315 (4) BIOL 477 (required) (2)
BIOL 332  (4) CHEM 435/CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 372 (2) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 406 (1) PSYC 206 or H&PE 340 (3)
BIOL 408 (3) NURS 311 (1)
BIOL 428 (3) PSYC 101 (required) (GER) (3)
BIOL 429 (3) PSYC 212 (required) (GER) (3)
BIOL 460 (3) PSYC 301 (3)
BIOL 461 (required) (5) SOCI 151 (required) (3)

Note: (1) PSYC 305 are strongly recommended for those students applying for the Pre-Occupational Therapy professional program. See an advisor.
(2) To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

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Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (BIOR) Electives – 33 hours required:

BIOL 406 (1) CHEM 300 (3)
BIOL 421 (3) CHEM 302 (2)
BIOL 428 (3) CHEM 303 (3)
BIOL 429 (2) CHEM 305 (1)
BIOL 461 (required) (5) CHEM 435/ CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 460 (3) CHEM 436 (required)(3)
BIOL 475 (2) ECON 211 or ECON 255 (required)(GER)
(3)
BIOL 480 (4) Humanities or Fine Arts elective (required) (3)
BIOL 490 (4) Social Science Elective (required) (3)

Note: (1) SOCI 387 is strongly recommended as a social science elective for those students applying for the pharmacy professional program. See an advisor.
(2) To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

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Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration (BIOP) Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 304 (4) BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 315 (4) BIOL 477 (required) (2)
BIOL 332 (4) CHEM 435/CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 372 (2) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 406 (1) HPED 375 (3)
BIOL 408 (3) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 421 (3) NURS 311 (1)
BIOL 428 (3) PSYC 101 (required) GER) (3)
BIOL 429 (2) PSYC 212 (required) (GER) (3)
BIOL 460 (3) PSYC 301 (3)
BIOL 461 (required) (5)

Note: To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

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Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration (BIOA) Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 304 (required) (4) BIOL 460 (3)
BIOL 315 (4) BIOL 462 (required) (2)
BIOL 332 (4) CHEM 435/CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 372 (2) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 406 (1) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 408 (3) NURS 311 (required) (1)
BIOL 461 (required) (5) PSYC or SOCI Elective (required) (3) (GER)
PSYC or SOCI Elective (required) (3) (GER)

Note: To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration (BIOV) Electives  – 33 hours required

BIOL 304 (4) BIOL 450 (3)
BIOL 315 (4) BIOL 460 (3)
BIOL 332 (4) BIOL 475 (2)
BIOL 372 (2) BIOL 477 (required) (2)
BIOL 373 or BIOL 461 (required) (4) CHEM 435/CHEM 437 (required) (4)
BIOL 406 (2) CHEM 436 (3)
BIOL 408 (3) Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (required) (3)
BIOL 421 (3) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
BIOL 428 (3) Social Science Elective (required) (3) (GER)
BIOL 429 (2)

Note: Electives listed above as “required” are prerequisites for admission to most schools of veterinary medicine.

Note: To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete CHEM 300-302 and 3 hours CHEM numbered 300 or above.