Biology and Life Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Biology and Life Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

School of Arts and Sciences


 

The Biology and Life Sciences program provides instruction in the fundamental concepts and theories, principles, and techniques in all subjects in biological sciences such as plant and animal sciences, human anatomy & physiology, microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology, and environmental science. The courses are especially designed for students who are interested in acquiring knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of biology, and its applications to biomedicine, allied health professions and environmental sciences. Students also get experience in biology lab instrumentation, biotechnology methods, study of models and physiology experiments.

 
Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Apply information from core subjects in the biological sciences, ranging from basic molecular and biochemical to the organismal level.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the scientific method and scientific primary literature, the design and application of experiments, and evaluation of data.
  • Apply biological knowledge to individual, community, and global problems.
  • Demonstrate appropriate laboratory techniques and mastery of basic laboratory skills in multiple fields of biology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the art of critical thinking, associated cognitive skills in the formulation of a problem, data gathering and analysis, and interpretation of results to address questions in biology.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to effectively communicate (in written and oral formats) biological information to the scientific community.
  • Demonstrate preparedness to continue graduate studies and/or career goals.
  • Demonstrate awareness of legal and ethical implications of scientific issues in society and demonstrate scientific ethical conduct.
 
Admission Criteria

Students enrolled at Coppin State University who are in good academic standing and are interested in pursuing science careers and professions are eligible to be admitted to the Biology and Life Sciences Program in the Department of Natural Sciences.

 
Core Courses
38 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 103
4
Botany
BIOL 104
4
Zoology
BIOL 201
4
Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 203
4
Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 305/204
4
Animal Physiology/Vertebrate Structure & Development
BIOL 308
4
Microbiology
BIOL 401
4
General ecology
BIOL 402
4
Principles of genetics
BIOL 410
4
Molecular Biology
BIOL 403
1
Seminar I
BIOL 404
1
Seminar II
 
Supporting Courses
34 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 102
4
General Chemistry II
CHEM 307
5
Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 308
5
Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 313
4
Biochemistry
MATH 132
4
Pre-calculus
PHYS 301
4
Physics I
PHYS 302
4
Physics II
MATH 201
4
Calculus I
 
Electives
8 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 302
4;
Animal Histology
BIOL 210
3
Introduction to neuroscience
BIOL 411
4
Molecular Biology II
BIOL 470
4
General Virology
PHSC 306/102
4
Earth and Space Science
XXXX XXX
3/4
Advised course
 
General Education Requirements

All students must complete 40 credit hours of General Education Requirements. Science majors must fulfill the mathematics GER by completing MATH 131 (College Algebra for science majors). In addition, they must take BIOL 106 (Fundamentals of cell biology) and CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 131), as part of their GER.

 
Minor
18 Credits

Students must take 18 credits of chemistry courses listed below to qualify for a minor in chemistry.

Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 102
4
General Chemistry II
CHEM 307
5
Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 308
5
Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 313
4
Biochemistry
 
Plan of Study
(see your advisor)

The following is a sample plan of study. This is not intended as a self-advising guide or as a substitute for seeing your academic advisor about your specific plan of study. Please speak to an advisor before choosing your course load each semester.

Year 1 (Freshman)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
MATH 131
3
College Algebra for Math and Science
HIST XXX
3
History I
PHIL 102
3
Intro to Logic
PSYCH 201
3
General Psychology
Spring Semester
18 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
HIST XXX
3
History II
CHEM 101
4
General Chemistry I
BIOL 106
4
Cell Biology
MATH 132
4
Precalculus
MISY 150
3
Tech Fluency
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
WLIT 207
3
World Literature
ANTH 207
3
Anthropology
BIOL 104
4
General Zoology
HEED 1XX
3
Personal Health
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 102
4
General Chemistry II
BIOL 201
4
Anatomy and physiology I
IDIS 102
3
Music and Dance
BIOL 103
4
General Botany
Year 3 (Junior)
Fall Semester
17 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 307
5
Organic Chemistry
PHYS 301
4
General Physics
BIOL 308
4
Microbiology
BIOL 203
4
Anatomy and Physiology II
Spring Semester
13 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
CHEM 308
5
Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 302
4
Physics II
BIOL 305/204
4
Animal Physiology or Vertebrate Structure and Development
Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 403
1
Seminar in Biology I
BIOL 401
4
General Ecology
BIOL 410
4
Molecular Biology
BIOL XXX
3
Elective
MATH 201
4
Calculus
Spring Semester
12 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
BIOL 404
1
Seminar II
BIOL 402
4
Principles of Genetic
CHEM 313
4
Biochemistry
BIOL XXX
3
Elective