Biology is the scientific study of living systems.  The importance of biology in today’s world is self-evident. Biology instruction at Kentucky State University provides students with a basic knowledge of the field. The curriculum includes the study of organismal diversity, cell biology, physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.  Students are encouraged to master basic principles of scientific inquiry while familiarizing themselves with the traditional aspects of a sound liberal education.

The Division of Mathematics and Sciences offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with four options:  General Biology, Pre- Professional, Biotechnology, and Biology with Teacher Certification. Details on the former may be found elsewhere in this Bulletin in the sub-section on the School of Education of the College of Professional Studies section.  A minor in Biology is also offered.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The student who majors in General Biology must complete  120 semester  credit hours, including the University’s  Liberal  Studies Requirements (with BIO 111 in place of BIO 101) and the following 27–30 semester credit hour Biology core course requirements:   BIO 115, 210, 212, 302, 303, 307,  316,  401,  408,  and  410;  and  three  biology electives totaling no less than 9 semester credit hours. These electives may include any biology course at the 300- or 400-level that is not required for the major except AQU/BIO 425 and AQU/BIO 480, BIO 410 after it has been taken once to fulfill the major requirement, or HON 222.  The Biology major must earn a “C” or above in the core and elective courses and in the following required 37 semester credit hours of support courses:  CHE 101/110, 102/120, 200, and 315/350; MAT 120 and 131; and PHY 207 and 208. The program requires the completion of 6 semester credit hours of free electives and 3 semester credit hours of limited electives at the 300/400 level.

Students who intend to major in the General Biology  Option  are  required  to  take  BIO  111  and CHE 101 instead of other natural science electives of the Liberal Studies Requirements.

Admission to the Program

The Biology curriculum is well suited for the student who plans to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation or intends to continue his or her course of study in graduate, medical, or dental school. Incoming students who desire to pursue a biology degree option should declare a Pre-Biology major. Once a student has completed BIO 111, CHE 101/110, and MAT 115 with a C or better, he may request in writing to the Division of Mathematics and Sciences to convert to a Biology major. Following verification of the successful completion of these courses, the student will be designated as a Biology major. Both Pre-Biology and Biology majors are to be advised by Biology advisors.

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