Biological Sciences, B.S.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 140Applied Calculus3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 14
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience 22
Major-Specific
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 14
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II2
CHM 355Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 356Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 361Intro Organic Chm Lab3
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
Select three of the following:9-12
Principles of Microbiology
Principles of Ecology
Principles Cell Biology
Principles of Genetics
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C) 22
BSC Elective4
BSC Elective4
BSC Elective4
BSC Elective4
BSC Elective3
BSC Elective3
BSC Elective3
Free Elective (MTH 122 recommended for PHY pre-req)3
Free Elective3
Free Elective1

Major Information

  • Students must pass BSC 120 Principles of Biology and earn a grade of C or better in BSC 121 Principles of Biology, CHM 211 Principles of Chemistry I, and CHM 212 Principles Chemistry II before they can enroll in any upper-level BSC course except BSC 227 Human Anatomy, BSC 228 Human Physiology and BSC 250 Microbiol & Human Disease.
  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 5 hours of Calculus, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • The CHM coursework provides a Chemical Sciences minor.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a 2nd minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities requirement as well as the University writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change. Please consult each semester’s schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Calculus I requires ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate prerequisite mathematics courses.
  • All Biological Science majors are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of credits in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Four Year Plan

The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to teaching students about the science of life from molecular to global scales. A degree in Biological Sciences prepares students for careers and graduate study in diverse fields such as human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, biomedical and pharmaceutical research, environmental consulting, wildlife ecology, and K12 or higher education. Alumni of the Department work as health professionals, teach at all educational levels, serve as environmental researchers and regulators, conduct biomedical and pharmaceutical research, and hold positions in state and federal agencies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
MTH 140 Applied Calculus 3
Core I Critical Thinking 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
BSC 121 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
Free Elective (MTH 122 recommended for PHY pre-req) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
Select one of the following four courses: 3-4
Principles of Microbiology  
Principles of Ecology  
Principles Cell Biology  
Principles of Genetics  
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
Multicultural or International 3
 Credit Hours14-15
Second Semester
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
Select one of the following four courses: 3-4
Principles of Microbiology  
Principles of Ecology  
Principles of Genetics  
Core I Critical Thinking 3
BSC Elective 4
 Credit Hours15-16
Third Year
First Semester
CHM 355 Organic Chemistry I 3
BSC Elective 3
BSC Elective 4
BSC Elective 4
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
Select one of the following four courses: 3-4
Principles of Microbiology  
Principles of Ecology  
Principles Cell Biology  
Principles of Genetics  
CHM 356 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 361 Intro Organic Chm Lab 3
Core II Humanities 3
BSC Elective 4
 Credit Hours16-17
Fourth Year
First Semester
BSC Elective 3
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
Writing Intensive 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BSC 491 Bison image Capstone Experience (C) 2
Writing Intensive 3
BSC Elective 3
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120-123