Biology (B.A.)

Southwestern Adventist University offers two Biology degrees, the Bachelor’s of Science (BS) and the Bachelor’s of Arts (BA). Typically, students wishing to use their biology degree as a launching point toward professional school (medical, dental, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.,) take the BS degree because it includes required chemistry classes that are prerequisites for professional school. Our department prepares students to competently sit admissions tests for these professions and our graduates have gone on to prestigious health professional schools as well as graduate schools. Students in the biology department are presented with rare leadership opportunities through the Biology Club and the potential to work with professors as laboratory and research assistants. Biology majors receive research experience which can include cancer research, molecular biology applications, microbiological investigation, plant studies, animal ecology and conservation, or dinosaur bone analysis, among other things, depending on the student’s individual interests.

See curriculum guide.

A solid science foundation is essential to many career paths. A degree in Biology can prepare students to become physicians, dentists, therapists, pharmacists, physician’s assistants, teachers, researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. In fact, a degree in biology is the most common college degree of medical professionals. It is also the most common degree of scientists working on exciting and critical research questions such as the spread of infectious disease (ie, HIV, malaria, influenza), the cure for cancer, and why people age.

The career potential for graduates with a B.A. degree in Biology is very large. If a student does not wish to pursue further education after the college degree, there are jobs available as technical assistants for biotech, academic, or government positions.  Alternatively, when combined with a teaching certificate, biology graduates are prepared to teach high school biology. Another career option for biology graduates is to pursue further education in the form of graduate school. A.B.A. in Biology is an excellent entry point for many non-thesis, science-related master's degrees that prepare students to work in industry or government. Such students can become specialists in product development or testing, resource management, or resource policy to name a few.

To view general education requirements for this major please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

BIOL 111, 112 General Biology.............................................8

BIOL 180 Research Seminar.....................................1

BIOL 230 Ecology..................................................................4

BIOL 320 Genetics.................................................................4

BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science.............................................3

BIOL 340 Cell & Molecular Biology I.......................................4

BIOL Biology Electives (x2)...............................................6-8

TOTAL: 30-32

Required Cognates:

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I........................................... 4

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II.......................................... 4

MATH 121 Precalculus or

MATH 241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics............... 3

COMM 111 Speech.............................................................. 3

CSIS Computer Science Elective........................................ 1-3

TOTAL: 15-17

Recommended Cognates:

CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I .......................................... 4

CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II.......................................... 4

First Year

First Semester

BIOL 111—General Biology I...................................................4

Language elective.............................................................3

BIOL 180—Biology Research Seminar......................................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition.........................................3

MATH 121—Precalculus...........................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

BIOL 112—General Biology II.................................................4

UNIV 111—Wellness for life...........................................2

CSIS ELEC—Computer Science Elective................................1-3

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective..................................................3

Language elective.............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 14-16

Second Year

BIOL 230—General Ecology.....................................................4

CHEM 111—General Chemistry I............................................4

ENGL 220—Research & Professional Writing........................3

COMM 111—Speech.................................................................3

PSYC 212—General Psychology.............................................3

TOTAL:​ 17

CHEM 112—General Chemistry II.........................................4

BIOL 320—Genetics..................................................................4

SOCI 111—Introduction to Sociology......................................3

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective....................................................3

TOTAL:​ 14

Third Year

BIOL 340—Cell & Molecular Biology I.....................................4

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry I.........................................4

PHYS 231—General Physics......................................................4

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective...................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

BIOL 341—Cell & Molecular Biology II....................................4

BIOL ELEC—Biology Elective (U.D.).........................................4

CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry II.........................................4

PHYS 122—General Physics....................................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

Fourth Year

BIOL ELEC—Biology Elective (U.D.)..........................................4

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective (U.D.)........................................3

HIST ELEC—History Elective......................................................3

KINA ELEC—Kinesiology Activity Elective.................................1

ELEC—Upper Division Elective.................................................3

TOTAL:​ 14

BIOL 419—Philosophy of Science ......................................3

BIOL ELEC—Biology Elective (U.D.).....................................4

ENGL ELEC—Literature Elective............................................3

HIST ELEC—History Elective .................................................3

TOTAL:​ 13