Jun 18, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (BS)

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Federal CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is one of three majors offered in biological sciences at Southern Wesleyan University. The major is desiged to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in research, laboratory technology, environmental work, teaching, forensic science, healthcare, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or occupational/physical therapy, as well as many other professions.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology degree are expected to:

  • express and support, orally and in-writing, an integration of faith and biology and a knowledge of current biomedical and environmental issues, including their ethical implications;
  • exhibit competence in the following subdisciplines of biology: cell biology, molecular biology & genetics, organismal biology, and population biology/ecology/evolution;
  • locate, comprehend, and communicate about scientific literature, and present literature and laboratory findings in oral and written form; and
  • utilize mathematics and statistics and apply these concepts to biological phenomena.

Biology BS Requirements

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum  requirements. The following specific core curriculum course(s) is required.


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 

  • Choose a minimum of 9-12 elective credit hours of science courses 2000-level or above
  • A course in statistics is strongly recommended


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 34-38 hrs.

Electives 38-46 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.



Depending on various graduate programs, students may need to take other specific courses and faculty advisors will help students make appropriate decisions.

Students wanting to go to graduate school for biological sciences may need to take the following courses.

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