Biology

Curriculum

Dr. Christina Mortellaro, Chairperson

The Biology Department offers two majors and a minor in Biology. Students may choose a B.S degree with a concentration in Biology or Forensic Science or a B.A. degree with a concentration in Biology or Secondary Education. 

Requirements for Biology Major

Degree of Bachelor of Science

Biology Concentration

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

BI-183General Biology I 13
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II 13
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
BI-215Principles of Anatomy and Physiology4
BI-215LPrinciples of Anatomy and Physiology Lab0
BI-240Cell and Molecular Biology4
BI-240LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BI-350Genetics4
BI-350LGenetics Lab0
BI-310Ecology (WI)4
BI-310LEcology Lab0
BI-Biology Electives (300-level or above)11
BI-485Current Issues in Biology (Capstone)3
CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I3
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab1
CH-132General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II3
CH-132LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab1
MA-132Statistics for the Life Sciences 23
MA-133Calculus for the Life Sciences 24
PC-185General Physics I3
PC-187General Physics Laboratory I1
PC-186General Physics II3
PC-188General Physics Laboratory II1
Total Credits61

Forensic Science Concentration

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

BI-183General Biology I 13
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II 13
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
BI-215Principles of Anatomy and Physiology4
BI-215LPrinciples of Anatomy and Physiology Lab0
BI-240Cell and Molecular Biology4
BI-240LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BI-350Genetics4
BI-350LGenetics Lab0
BI-361Criminalistics and Forensic Science3
BI-450Microbiology4
BI-450LMicrobiology Lab0
BI-485Current Issues in Biology (Capstone)3
CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I3
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab1
CH-132General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II3
CH-132LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab1
CH-251Organic Chemistry I3
CH-251LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CH-252Organic Chemistry II3
CH-252LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CH-442Biochemistry I3
MA-132Statistics for the Life Sciences 23
MA-133Calculus for the Life Sciences 24
PC-185General Physics I3
PC-187General Physics Laboratory I1
PC-186General Physics II3
PC-188General Physics Laboratory II1
CJ-170Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ-316Criminal Evidence3
CJ-405Crime Investigation3
CJ-406Homicide: Investigation and Prosecution3
Select one of the following:1
CJ-486
Internship I (Capstone Experience)
CJ-487
Internship II (Capstone Experience)
Total Credits77

Bachelor of Arts

Biology Concentration

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

BI-183General Biology I 13
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II 13
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
BI-240Cell and Molecular Biology4
BI-240LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BI-350Genetics4
BI-350LGenetics Lab0
BI-485Current Issues in Biology3
MA-132Statistics for the Life Sciences 23
MA-133Calculus for the Life Sciences 24
CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I3
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab1
BI- Electives (A minimum of one 4 credit laboratory course, one in organismic biology, and one in evolution/global issues/environmental health field must be taken)11-12
Select three cognate courses with at least one additional lab:10
CH-132
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II
CH-132L
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab
CH-251
Organic Chemistry I
CH-251L
Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH-252
Organic Chemistry II
CH-252L
Organic Chemistry II Lab
PC-185
General Physics I
PC-187
General Physics Laboratory I
PC-186
General Physics II
PC-188
General Physics Laboratory II
Total Credits51-52

Secondary Education Concentration

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

BI-183General Biology I 13
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II 13
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
BI-240Cell and Molecular Biology4
BI-240LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BI-350Genetics4
BI-350LGenetics Lab0
BI-485Current Issues in Biology (Capstone)3
MA-132Statistics for the Life Sciences 23
MA-133Calculus for the Life Sciences 24
CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I3
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab1
BI-Electives (A minimum of two 4 credit laboratory courses, and one course n organismic biology. 311
Select three courses with one additional lab:10
CH-132
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II
CH-132L
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II Lab
PC-185
General Physics I
PC-187
General Physics Laboratory I
PC-186
General Physics II
PC-188
General Physics Laboratory II
CH-251
Organic Chemistry I
CH-251L
Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH-252
Organic Chemistry II
CH-252L
Organic Chemistry II Lab
Total Credits51

Special Note on Core Curriculum Requirements for all Biology Majors—All Concentrations

While CH-251-CH-252, Organic Chemistry I and II and the associated labs CH-251L and CH-252L, are not required for Biology (Biol­ogy Concentration) majors, these courses are strongly recommended since they are required for many post-graduate programs (health careers and/or graduate school).

Requirements for a Minor in Biology

BI-183General Biology I3
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II3
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
Select two of the following courses and associated labs:8
BI-215
215L
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
and Principles of Anatomy and Physiology Lab
BI-240
240L
Cell and Molecular Biology
and Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
BI-350
350L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
BI-310
310L
Ecology
and Ecology Lab
BI-Biology Electives4
Total Credits20

Articulations with Professional Schools

Saint Peter’s University has entered into a series of formal agreements with several Professional Schools to enhance the opportunities of students majoring in the sciences. See the separate listing for Pre-Professional Programs for details.

Core Courses Offered for Non-science Majors

The 100-level courses are offered for non-science majors to satisfy the Core Natural Science Requirements and are not open to majors in Biology or the Natural Sciences. Most include lectures and demonstrations only; some, such as BI-130, may include a laboratory component as well.

BI-122Nutrition in Health and Disease3
BI-123Concepts of Biology3
BI-124Human Structure and Function3
BI-125Heredity3
BI-126The Human Environment3
BI-130Natural History of New Jersey3
BI-140Introductory Astrobiology3
BI-161Basic Microbiology4
BI-171Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI-172Anatomy and Physiology II4