Biology

Explore the science of life from minute strands of DNA to complex ecosystems that stretch for miles and miles.

Our program offers opportunities for research and study using the latest technology and equipment, in the lab or in the field.  In faraway tropical rainforests and coral reef habitats or New Hampshire’s own lakes and forests, PSU students work hands-on with faculty members to answer some of life’s toughest questions.

As a biology major you’ll experience:

  • Degree programs in biology or environmental biology
  • Minors in biology and neuroscience
  • Courses in zoology, anatomy and physiology, conservation, ecology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, and marine biology just to name a few
  • Opportunities for local, national, and international field studies
  • A talented and diverse faculty
  • State-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities, including an electron microscopy suite, 1,400-liter marine aquarium, fully equipped human physiology lab, museum and specimen room, and rooftop greenhouse
  • Partnerships with the Center for the Environment, an innovative regional research center focused on environmental science and conservation.
  • We also have graduate programs available.

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements
The BS in Biology is a broad-based degree that prepares students for graduate or professional schools including medical, dental, and veterinary schools, and emphasizes cellular, physiological, and organismal biology. It should be noted that some professional/graduate schools require a full year of physics and thus students should work closely with their academic advisor to plan their coursework.

 

Degree Requirements

Credits

BI 1110 Biological Science I (TECO) 4
BI 1120 Biological Science II 4
BI 3060 Genetics 4
BI 3130 Evolution 4
BI 3240 Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO) 3
BI 4970 Biology Seminar 1
Lower Level Organismal Electives – complete two of the following: 8
BI 2030 Invertebrate Zoology
BI 2040 Vertebrate Zoology
BI 2070 Botany
BI 2110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and
BI 2130 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
BI 2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and
BI 2140 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
Upper Level Electives – complete 20 credits of 3000/4000 level Biology courses; at least three courses must be from the following list of cellular, physiological, and organismal courses and one must be a Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO): 20
BI 3020 Biochemistry I
BI 3040 Microbiology
BI 4100 Cell Structure and Function
BI 4150 Developmental Biology (WRCO)
BI 4170 Ecology and Development (WRCO)
BI 4188 Molecular Biology
BI 4750 Plant Environmental Physiology
BI 4770 Animal Physiology (WRCO)
BI 4780 Neurobiology (WRCO)
CH 1050 Laboratory Safety 1
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
CH 3370 Organic Chemistry I 4
CH 3380 Organic Chemistry II 4
Physics – complete (PH 2130) or (PH 2410 and PH 2430): 4
PH 2130 Physics I or
PH 2410 University Physics I and
PH 2430 University Physics Laboratory I
Mathematics Foundations – complete one of the following: 4
MA 2140 Precalculus (QRCO) (TECO)
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (QRCO)
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 20

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts

DescriptionDegree Requirements
The BA program in Biology is a broad overview of the principles of biology and the functions of biological systems with supportive courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. It can be used to fulfill the goals of students just interested in biology or those who plan to go on to professional programs or graduate degrees in the biological sciences. For the latter case, it should be noted that some professional/graduate schools require a full year each of organic chemistry, physics, and calculus; this program is less restrictive. Thus students should work closely with their academic advisor to plan their coursework.

Degree Requirements

Credits

BI 1110 Biological Science I (TECO) 4
BI 1120 Biological Science II 4
BI 3060 Genetics 4
BI 3130 Evolution 4
BI 3240 Conservation (DICO) (GACO) (INCO) 3
BI 4970 Biology Seminar 1
BI 2000 level Biology electives [ not BIDI] 0-8
BI 3000/4000 level Biology electives [ not BIDI] 16-8
Writing in the Discipline Connection – BI 3000/4000 level Biology elective (WRCO) [not BIDI] 4
CH 1050 Laboratory Safety 1
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
Physical Science Group – complete four credits: 4
CH 3370 Organic Chemistry I
PH 2130 Physics I
PH 2410 University Physics I and
PH 2430 University Physics Laboratory I
Mathematics Foundations – complete one of the following: 4
MA 2140 Precalculus (MATH)
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (MATH)
MA 2550 Calculus I (MATH)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 30
The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

Exploration & Discovery Cluster