Skip to Content

The Biology Major

Biology majors can receive either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Biology majors must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. A Critical Writing course at the 200-level or above is a prerequisite to advanced courses and should be completed prior to the junior year. In addition, biology majors must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major. Biology majors may apply a maximum of two (2) courses from the major requirements towards a minor in Environmental Science, or a maximum of two (2) upper-level Biology electives towards the elective requirements for the major in Environmental Science.
 
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab  
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab  
BIO 200 Genetics and Lab  
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I and Lab  
MATH 250 Biostatistics  
or
MATH 315 Probability and Statistics  

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology must also complete the following courses:
One additional course from the following list:

One additional course from the following list:

CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry II and Lab  
CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 202 Environmental Chemistry II and Lab  
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab  
BIO 333 Biochemistry for the Life Sciences  
*Note that students who complete BIO 333 may use the course to satisfy the above requirement or they may count the course as a BIO elective, but the course may not count for both.

and

MATH 213 Caculus I Lab  
and either
MATH 214 Caculus II Lab  
or
MATH 218 Applied Calculus for Life Sciences  
and
PHYS 201,202 Principles of Physics I and II and Labs  

and

Five (5) upper-level (200 or above) courses in Biology, of which at least four (4) must be laboratory courses.
BIO 450 (Research in the Life Sciences) and BIO 451 (Senior Thesis) may not be counted towards these upper-level courses.

 

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Biology must also complete the following courses:

MATH 136 Precalculus  
PHYS 109, 110 Physics I and II and Labs  

and

Six (6) upper-level (200 or above) courses in Biology, of which four (4) must be laboratory courses.
BIO 450 (Research in the Life Sciences) and BIO 451 (Senior Thesis) may not be counted towards these upper-level courses.

The Dual Degree in Biology and Pharmacy – B.S./PharmD or B.S./PharmD.

Biology majors interested in the Dual Degree program must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. All RWU courses listed below must be completed by the end of the junior year. Completion of at least 60 credits at RWU with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is required; only grades of C or better count towards the 60 credits. In addition, biology majors must successfully complete the fourth year courses at ACPHS to total 120 credits for the Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Formal application to the program occurs in the fall of junior year and requires approval of the Departmental Pharmacy Advisor, completion of the PCAT exam including a writing assessment, and a successful interview at ACPHS. The ACPHS Doctor of Pharmacy Program is a full-time, professional four-year program. For more information about the Dual Degree in Biology and Pharmacy please contact the chair of the Biology Department.

All Dual Degree (Biology/Pharm.D.) candidates must complete the following courses at RWU:

BIO 103, 104 Biology I and II and Labs  
BIO 200 Genetics and Lab  
BIO 230 Microbiology and Lab  
BIO/CHEM 390 Biochemistry and Lab  
One Advanced Biology Course (200-level or above) with lab
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs  
One of the following Mathematics courses
MATH 250 Introduction to Biostatistics  
MATH 315 Probability and Statistics  
Other requirements
PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology  

and

Three (3) courses from Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Music, Languages, Political Science, Economics, English Literature.

(These courses may be used to satisfy Core Concentration requirements.)

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science dual degree in Biology/Pharm.D. must also complete the following courses at RWU:

MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab  
and either
MATH 214 Calculus II and Lab  
or
MATH 218 Applied Calculus for Life Sciences  
PHYS 201, 202 Physics I and II with Calculus and Labs  

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Biology/Pharm.D. must also complete the following courses at RWU:

MATH 136 Precalculus  
MATH 213 Calculus I and Lab  
PHYS 109, 110 Physics I and II – Algebra based and Labs