As a student in the biology department, you will take courses in organismal and molecular biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. You will be prepared professionally and academically, and your course work will be practical, comprehensive and specialized.
Areas of Concentration
Healthcare: physician, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist
Allied Health: physical therapist, nurse, physician assistant, pharmacist, dietician, clinical lab scientist, genetic counselor
Math/Engineering: bioinformatics, epidemiologist, nanotechnologist, biomechanical engineer
Industry: pharmaceutical researcher, food safety, drug testing/ quality control, sales representative, journalist
Animal Care & Research: zookeeper, marine biologist, wildlife and fisheries
Legal: bioethicist, forensic scientist, biotechnology patent law
Artistic: medical illustrator, bio-animator, molecular visualization
Environmental: conservation biologist, agricultural scientist, forestry
Plant biology: botanist, horticulture, landscaping, ethnobotanist
Education: biology teacher, college professor, science consultant
Government: national health (FDA, CDC), city/community health official; Peace Corps
SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
The B.S. in Biology program is primarily a day program, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.
Transfer Student Information
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines. However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.
Credit for Prior Learning
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies. Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 120 credit hours required for a degree.
Academic Performance Standard
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Biology major or minor.
Computer Literacy Requirement
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the Junior and Senior seminar course sequence.
Writing Intensive Requirement
All science majors must take ISC 312: Junior Seminar as their writing intensive course.
Senior Seminar Requirement
Students must successfully complete ISC 496A and ISC 496B in order to graduate with a B.S. in Biology.
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate. Students may receive elective credit for an internship through BIO 388, BIO 488, and/or BIO 491.
Sigma Zeta National Honor Society
Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society. It was founded at Shurtleff College, in Alton, Illinois in 1926. Today, more than sixty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States. The society encourages and fosters achievement of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics. Outstanding scholastic achievement in the fields is recognized through membership in this society.
Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work. The awards are the Chemical Rubber Company Award for the highest achieving GPA in General Chemistry I/II, and the Outstanding Graduating Science Major. Women in the sciences are also eligible for the Suzanne Fleming Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a woman who demonstrates financial need, potential in science and on their scholarly work.