Bachelor of Arts inBiology

Majoring in Biology involves the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, reproduction and behavior. How are genes mapped? How can nanotechnologies be made biocompatible? How are we to make ethical choices in the context of scientific progress? You’ll sharpen your analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication and laboratory skills as you take 39 to 40 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Biology Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Biology involves the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, reproduction and behavior. How are genes mapped? How can nanotechnologies be made biocompatible? How are we to make ethical choices in the context of scientific progress? You’ll sharpen your analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication and laboratory skills as you take 39 to 40 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, in activities such as working as a laboratory assistant, participating in the Tetra Delta science club, tutoring other biology students and completing internships. And because we design our biology program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a medical professional, pharmacist, laboratory researcher, genetic counselor, science teacher, environmentalist or other professional in a biology-related field.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
BIO - 120 Biology I: The Unity of Life 4
CHE - 115 General Chemistry I 4
MAT - 110 Intro Probability & Statistics 3
MAT - 125 Precalculus 4
BIO - 498 Biology Internship 2

Emphasizing inquiry and investigation, this course introduces students to the discoveries, both historical and contemporary, that support the unifying theories of modern biological science. Topics considered include the nature and methods of modern biological science; the basis of life in terms of matter, energy, cells, genetics, and reproduction; and the impact of evolution on the unity of life. The course is comprised of lectures, readings, discussions, written assignments, films, and an inquiry-based laboratory component. (Recommended prerequisites: one year of high school biology and chemistry and four years of high school mathematics)

Systematic introduction to the conceptual and symbolic aspects of chemistry. Critical and quantitative thought as applied to the topics of measurement, formula and equation writing, stoichiometry, atomic structure and periodicity, bonding and molecular geometry, gases, phases and phase changes. Brief introduction to Organic Chemistry. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week. (Prerequisites: High School chemistry and one year of algebra or consent of instructor)

This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT103 or level 3 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

This course emphasizes functions and their applications. It starts with investigating graphs and solutions of the algebraic functions including polynomial, rational, and root functions. The course continues by exploring transcendental functions including exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. The course concludes with a study of conic sections. The course is a good preparation for Calculus and for those students who will encounter functions in their course of study. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in this course to progress to the next level Math course. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT105 or level 4 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam )

This internship is designed to provide students with a work/educational experience which will help them determine their future educational and occupational goals.

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mary Ann Yang Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Yang leads CSP’s undergraduate research program, which conducts cutting-edge research in the field of biology that is rare at the undergraduate level.

Amanda Brosnahan Ph.D. Term Faculty of Biology

Dr. Brosnahan joined the science department in August 2013 after spending four years conducting post-doctoral research in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the U. of Minnesota.

Benjamin Harrison Term Faculty of Biology

Dr. Benjamin Harrison brings a wide range of academic interests which stem from his fascination with DNA, chromosomes, and the cell cycle.

Dr. Leanne Bakke Associate Dean - School of Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, Science Department Chairperson, Professor of Science

Career Potential

You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, in activities such as working as a laboratory assistant, participating in the Tetra Delta science club, tutoring other biology students and completing internships. And because we design our biology program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a medical professional, pharmacist, laboratory researcher, genetic counselor, science teacher, environmentalist or other professional in a biology-related field. Additional education may be required for some careers listed.

  • Biology Teacher
  • Chiropractor
  • Environmentalist
  • Dentistry
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Laboratory Researcher
  • Medical Doctor
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Pharmacist
  • Science Teacher
  • Wildlife Conservationist

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