BIOLOGY


Division of Molecular, Health & Life Sciences
Fred B. Schnee, Ph.D., Chair

The Biology program exists within the framework of a liberal arts college, in the fulfillment of its mission, and as such is dedicated to (1) provide access to fundamental concepts of biology for all students and (2) provide access to specialized biological knowledge for majors who rely on this knowledge for their particular career goals. The program also serves as a source of expertise, both research and instructional, for the local community, State of Iowa, and beyond, and provides students the opportunity to learn through participation in this service experience. In both instances, this access and service is afforded in a Catholic atmosphere where moral and ethical implications of biological knowledge and earth's stewardship are raised to the students and various publics.

The Biology program offers majors in biology and biological research. The biology major is designed for those students wishing a broad background in biology, but who do not wish to pursue a research orientation; the biological research major is designed for those students wishing research experience. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination given during the senior year is required of all majors.

L.MAT-117: Pre-Calculus Mathematics-FM or equivalent is required for all Biological Research major and Biology major courses. The mathematics courses can be completed before or concurrently with the biology courses.
L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology I cannot be fulfilled with transfer credit once a student matriculates at Loras College.

Requirements for the major in Biological Research (B.S.):  
The required and supporting courses for the Biology Research major must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA. At least 8 credits of required biology courses, numbered 240 or above, must be completed at Loras College.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology I 4
2   L.BIO-116: Principles of Biology II 4
3   L.BIO-240: Plant Biology 4
4   L.BIO-250: Genetics 4
5   L.BIO-279: Experimental Design and Biostatistics-AH 3
6   L.BIO-330: Evolutionary Ecology 4
7   L.BIO-389: Junior Seminar 1
8   L.BIO-489: Senior Seminar 1
9   L.BIO-410: Cell and Molecular Biology 4
10   L.BIO-420: Vertebrate Physiology 4
11   Elective: Any additional L.BIO course except for 400 or 401 3 to 4
12   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
13   L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II 4
14   L.CHE-233: Organic Chemistry I 4
Select one from Req 15
15   L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I 4
15   L.PHY-223: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 5
Select one from Req 16
16   L.BIO-400: Senior Thesis 1
16   L.BIO-401: Honors Senior Thesis Research 1
53 to 55 total required credits
 
Requirements for the major in Biology (B.S.):
The required and supporting courses for the Biology major must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA. At least 8 credits of required biology courses numbered 240 or above, must be completed at Loras College. It is highly recommended that students minor in chemistry and take L.MAT-150.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology I 4
2   L.BIO-116: Principles of Biology II 4
3   L.BIO-240: Plant Biology 4
4   L.BIO-250: Genetics 4
5   L.BIO-279: Experimental Design and Biostatistics-AH 3
6   L.BIO-330: Evolutionary Ecology 4
7   L.BIO-410: Cell and Molecular Biology 4
8   L.BIO-389: Junior Seminar 1
9   L.BIO-489: Senior Seminar 1
10   L.BIO-420: Vertebrate Physiology 4
11   Elective: Any additional L.BIO course except for 400 or 401 3 to 4
12   L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I 4
13   L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II 4
14   L.CHE-233: Organic Chemistry I 4
Select one from Req 15
15   L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I 4
15   L.PHY-223: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 5
15   L.PHY-230: Modern Physics 3
51 to 54 total required credits
 
Requirements for the minor in Biology:
Courses L.BIO-296, 389, 397, 400, 401, 489, 496 or 497 can be taken for credit toward the minor only with the permission of the division chairperson.

Req Course Cr's
1   L.BIO-115: Principles of Biology I 4
2   L.BIO-116: Principles of Biology II 4
3   Elective: L.BIO-220 or higher (LBIO-279 highly recommended) 3 to 4
4   Elective: L.BIO-220 or higher (LBIO-279 highly recommended) 3 to 4
5   Elective: L.BIO-220 or higher (LBIO-279 highly recommended) 3 to 4
6   Elective: L.BIO-220 or higher (LBIO-279 highly recommended) 3 to 4
20 to 24 total required credits
 
Course requirements for teacher licensure in Biological Science, Grades 7-12:
State of Iowa endorsement for the teaching major follows the basic course requirements of the biology major but with the following Core differences: L.BIO-489 will be fulfilled by L.EDU-490 with the additional requirements that students present their thesis in L.BIO-489 and write a thesis approved by their Biology advisor. It is also recommended that students complete L.BIO-220 and L.PHI-349. For professional education courses, refer to the appropriate section listed under teacher education.
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