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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Life Sciences Concentration

The Life Sciences Concentration could be called the "traditional" Biology major. It is recommended for students who aspire to become professional biologists, physicians, veterinarians or dentists. This concentration includes the two-semester Freshman Biology sequence, the two-semester research requirement, upper division course work of the student’s choice, and appropriate coursework in Chemistry and Math.

Students who complete the Life Sciences Concentration can put their bachelor's degrees to work straight away as technicians or research associates in academic or industrial settings. Life Science students are also ideally prepared for admission into graduate programs in Biology where they can pursue advanced degrees, particularly the Ph.D. degree, and eventually become professional scientists in charge of research programs, or college or university professors.

The Life Science Concentration is the recommended curriculum for Pre-Med, Pre-Vet and Pre-Dentistry because admission committees at these schools are looking for the course mix and level of rigor that goes with this curriculum. We recommend our Health Sciences Concentration for students who hope to become Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists or practitioners in other Allied Health fields.

Concentration Requirements

Please note that these requirements apply to students who begin study at Wilmington College in the Fall of 2013 or later. Students who began study at Wilmington prior to Fall 2013 should consult their governing catalog.

Required Common Core Courses (29 hours):
BI130 First Year Seminar in Biology (1)
BI230 Biological Sciences I (4)
BI231 Biological Sciences II (4)
BI/ES/HS495 Research and Seminar I (4)
BI/ES/HS496 Research and Seminar II (4)
CH230 Principles of Chemistry I (4)
CH231 Principles of Chemistry II (4)
MT131 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Required: 24 hours from the following:
BI330G-NS Animal Diversity  (4)
BI333 Plant Biology  (4)
BI336 Evolution (4)
BI338 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)
BI340 Vertebrate Physiology (4)
BI343 Microbiology and Immunology (4)
BI346 Genetics (4)
BI349 Parasitology (4)
BI350 Advanced Topics for Biology Majors (4)
BI422 Molecular Biology (4)
ES332 Ecology and Conservation Biology (4)
ES350 Advanced Topics in Field Biology (4)

Required:
Proficiency Exam during sophomore and senior year.

Some Biology students conduct research on Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled parasite that causes disease in humans and farm animals.

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