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Degree Requirements

Thomas More College offers both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medical Laboratory Science. In addition, students may earn as Associate of Arts degrees in Biology or Gerontology.

Biology majors choose to specialize in either cellular/molecular biology, organismic biology or ecological biology. Medical Laboratory Science majors spend three years at Thomas More training to work in laboratories and a fourth year interning at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where more and one million laboratory tests are done each year.

No matter what direction you choose, Thomas More College can help you achieve your goals.

No Biology major may graduate with more than one letter grade lower than a 'C' in a Biology (BIO) course required for the major.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

  • Biology core (22 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L (or 211/211L and 212/212L), 205/205L, 206/206L, 489
  • Biology electives (16 hours): Four 4-hour electives (level 300 or above) other than BIO 400 with at least one elective chosen from each of the following three categories:
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology: BIO 317/317L, 319/319L, 326/326L, 330/330L, 341/341L
    • Organismic Biology: BIO 301/301L, 305/305L, 315/315L, 329/329L, 340/340L
    • Ecological Biology: BIO 308, 309, 318/318L, 325/325L, 328/328L, 350/350L
  • Chemistry (16 hours): CHE 111/111L, 113/113L, 220/220L, 240/240L
  • Mathematics (7 hours): MAT 143, 205
  • Physics (8 hours): PHY 121/121L, 122/122L
  • Experiential Learning

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

  • Biology core (22 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L (or 211/211L and 212/212L), 205/205L, 206/206L, 489
  • Biology electives (12 hours): Three 4-hour electives (level 300 or above) other than BIO 400 with at least one chosen from each of the following three categories:
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology: BIO 317/317L, 319/319L, 326/326L, 330/330L, 341/341L
    • Organismic Biology: BIO 301/301L, 305/305L, 315/315L, 329/329L, 340/340L
    • Ecological Biology: BIO 308, 309, 318/318L, 325/325L, 328/328L, 350/350L
  • Chemistry (8-16 hours): CHE 111/111L, 113/113L, 220/220L, 240/240L (Physics may be substituted for Organic)
  • Mathematics (3 hours): MAT 205
  • Physics (0-8 hours): PHY 121/121L, 122/122L (Organic may be substituted for Physics)
  • Experiential Learning

Additional Requirements for students earning a Concentration

Concentrations may be obtained in each of the following categories: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismic Biology, and Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

  • Biology electives (26 hours): Six 4-hour electives, including:
    • Four designated 4-hour electives (level 300 or above) from the category in which the area of concentration is to be obtained
    • Two additional 4-hour electives, one from each of the remaining categories
  • 2-4 credit hours from either independent study, internship, co-op or a related experience; must be in area related to the Concentration and approved by the Department.
  • No Biology major may graduate with more than one letter grade lower than a "C" in a Biology (BIO) course required for the major.

Associate of Arts in Biology

  • Biology (23 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L (or 211/211L and 212/212L), 205/205L, 206/206L, and one BIO300 level 4-credit hour elective or 4 hours of BIO400 (Independent Study and research).