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The biology major at Olivet College is designed to introduce you to the major aspects of modern biology and its applications. A broad range of dynamic courses are offered including basic biological principles, ecological and natural sciences, and medically oriented classes. As a biology major, you’ll participate in hands-on experiences both in the laboratory and in the field, and have the opportunity to work one-one-one with faculty on research and independent study projects.

Course offerings are enhanced through use of the Kirkelldel Biological Preserve, a college-owned biological research station containing a wide variety of habitats, as well as a large collection of natural history specimens, including many fossils, rocks and minerals, mollusk shells, mammals, birds, numerous live animals and insects.

The biology program provides a strong foundation for students interested in entering medical professional schools and graduate school, and serves individuals seeking certification in elementary or secondary teaching. It also is a major component of the environmental science major and minor.

If you are interested in pursuing a professional degree in dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, medicine, or veterinary medicine, or graduate study should your academic advisor as soon as possible. There are specific courses required or recommended for admission to graduate or professional school, including organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics and specific electives applicable to the area you wish to pursue.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our biology major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Major Requirements

Major Core Courses

  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems
  • BIO 404 Genetics
  • CEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CEM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II

Complete 25 semester hours from the following (at least 6 semester hours at the 300-level or above):

  • ART 271 Biological Illustration: Fundamental
  • BIO 150 Introductory Zoology
  • BIO 160 Introductory Botany
  • BIO 202 Comparative Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO 207 Microbiology
  • BIO 208 General Ecology
  • BIO 210 Entomology
  • BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 216 Ornithology
  • BIO 305 Ethology
  • BIO 311 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 312 Parasitology
  • BIO 313 Plant Ecology
  • BIO 345 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • BIO 401 Cell Biology
  • BIO 402 Ecosystems Ecology
  • BIO 403 Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • BIO 406 Biostatistics
  • BIO 415 Research in Biology
  • BIO 418 Independent Study
  • BIO 431 Molecular Biology Techniques
  • CEM 332 Biochemistry-Biomolecules and Metabolism
  • CEM 333 Biochemistry-Molecular Genetics and Biosynthesis
  • SA 307 Biocultural Ecology
  • SCI 350 Gender, Race and Science
  • SCI 410 Topics in Science

NOTES:

  • Some courses are not offered every year; please check with your academic advisor and watch for announcements concerning course offerings.
  • Biology majors may take SCI 102 Biological Science but the credits will not count toward the biology major.
  • BIO 418 Independent Study is a course on a topic of interest to the student that is not offered in the catalog. You must initiate the independent study paperwork by mid-term the semester prior to the course.
  • Credit may be awarded for internships done in the area of biology or a related field (environmental science, biochemistry, etc.).
Minor

The following is an overview of courses associated with this minor. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Minor Requirements

Minor Core Courses

  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems
  • BIO 150 Introductory Zoology
  • BIO 160 Introductory Botany
  • BIO 404 Genetics

Complete 12 semester hours of biology electives, not including the courses above, with at least 6 semester hours at the 300-level or above.

Biology Major, Biomedical/Molecular Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in biomedical research, pharmacology, toxicology, molecular biology, genetics and related areas. Complementary minors include chemistry and environmental science.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this major and concentration. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Biomedical/Molecular Concentration Requirements

Major Core Courses

  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems
  • BIO 401 Cell Biology
  • BIO 404 Genetics
  • BIO 406 Biostatistics
  • BIO 431 Molecular Biology Techniques
  • CEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CEM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CEM 332 Biochemistry-Molecules and Metabolism
  • CEM 333 Biochemistry-Molecular Genetics and Biosynthesis

Complete at least four of the following courses:

  • BIO 207 Microbiology
  • BIO 311 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 312 Parasitology
  • BIO 313 Plant Ecology
  • BIO 345 Fundamentals to Neuroscience
  • BIO 403 Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • BIO 415 Research in Biology
  • BIO 418 Independent Study
  • CEM 231 Organic Chemistry I
  • CEM 232 Organic Chemistry II
  • CEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CEM 234 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
  • SCI 410 Topics in Science
Biology Major, Ecology and Organismal Concentration

This concentration is for students with interest in field biology, zoology, botany, ecology and related areas. Complementary minors include environmental science, chemistry, and biochemistry.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this major and concentration. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Ecology and Organismal Concentration Requirements

Major Core Courses

  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems
  • BIO 150 Introductory Zoology
  • BIO 160 Introductory Botany
  • BIO 208 General Ecology
  • BIO 404 Genetics
  • CEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CEM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II

Complete at least five of the following courses:

  • BIO 202 Comparative Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO 207 Microbiology
  • BIO 210 Entomology
  • BIO 216 Ornithology
  • BIO 305 Ethology
  • BIO 311 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 312 Parasitology
  • BIO 313 Plant Ecology
  • BIO 402 Ecosystem Ecology
  • BIO 403 Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • BIO 406 Biostatistics
  • BIO 415 Research in Biology
  • BIO 418 Independent Study
  • CEM 332 Biochemistry-Molecules and Metabolism
  • CEM 333 Biochemistry-Molecular Genetics and Biosynthesis
  • SCI 107 Environmental Science
  • SCI 410 Topics in Science
Biology Major, Premed Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in pursuing further education in human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy or training as a physician’s assistant or other allied health fields. Complementary minors include chemistry, biochemistry, psychology and environmental science for those interested in environmental health.

The following is an overview of courses associated with this major and concentration. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Premed Concentration Requirements

Major Core Courses

  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems
  • BIO 207 Microbiology
  • BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 311 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 401 Cell Biology
  • BIO 404 Genetics
  • CEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CEM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II

Complete at least three of the following courses:

  • BIO 150 Introductory Zoology
  • BIO 202 Comparative Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO 210 Entomology
  • BIO 216 Ornithology
  • BIO 305 Ethology
  • BIO 312 Parasitology
  • BIO 313 Plant Ecology
  • BIO 345 Fundamentals to Neuroscience
  • BIO 403 Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • BIO 406 Biostatistics
  • BIO 415 Research in Biology
  • BIO 418 Independent Study
  • CEM 332 Biochemistry-Molecules and Metabolism
  • CEM 333 Biochemistry-Molecular Genetics and Biosynthesis
  • PE 401 Kinesiology
  • SCI 350 Gender, Race and Science
  • SCI 410 Topics in Science
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