Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology degree program provides fundamental knowledge in biological and related sciences. Students learn to appreciate the unity and diversity of living systems, while gaining an understanding of basic biological principles and processes. The undergraduate biology degree program provides the necessary foundation for careers in applied biology, biological research, or teaching, as well as for further study in graduate or professional schools.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Biology will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to describe the scientific method, such that they are ready to apply it in postgraduate work in biology.
  • Broad exposure to each of the major disciplines in biology and related sciences.
  • The ability to use commonly available search engines, such as PubMed, to search the literature for scientific publications required for homework assignments, term papers, or research projects. Students should also be able to read and interpret this literature, with a developing ability to critically assess the significance and validity of published papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Technical skills that prepare them for employment after graduation in biology-related professions, including post-graduate education.
  • An appreciation and ability to defend the significance of the quote, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”

Distribution Requirements

A total of 48 credits is required.

English

  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition

Mathematics

  • Four credits in a Metropolitan College math course numbered
    MET MA 110 or higher

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Literature

  • Four credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221

Philosophy

  • Four credits

History

  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the humanities (H)
  • Four credits in the social sciences (S)
  • Eight credits in the humanities (H), natural sciences (N),
    or social sciences (S)
  • Four credits in the humanities (H) or social sciences (S)

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Specialization and Related Courses

A total of 15 courses (60 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Specialization Courses

Choose nine biology courses (36 credits), including the two courses below:

  • MET BI 107 Biology I
  • MET BI 108 Biology II

The remaining seven courses must include at least one from each of the following areas: physiology, endocrinology, and neurobiology (PER/NEURO); cell and molecular biology (CM); and ecology, behavior, and evolution (EBE). At least three courses must be at the 300 to 500 level, and three must have a laboratory or field component.

Courses from the Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences program may be accepted as specialization courses upon written approval from the Metropolitan College biology coordinator.

Related Courses

Choose six courses (24 credits) from the following:

  • MET CH 101, MET CH 102, and MET CH 203 or MET CH 171, MET CH 172, and MET CH 273 or MET CH 171, MET CH 174, and MET CH 273
  • MET MA 123 or MET MA 121, or a college-level statistics course
  • MET PY 105 and MET PY 106 or MET PY 211 and MET PY 212

Electives

Usually five courses (20 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor.

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