Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023 - 2024 College Catalog Degree Requirement: Biology Minor Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Biology Minor

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The discipline of biology is extremely broad and deep. The curriculum in biology reflects this breadth with offerings ranging from introductory courses for biology majors and non-majors to advanced instruction in the various sub-disciplines in biology. Depth is provided within the biology major by courses that focus on progressively more specific aspects of selected subject areas within biology. The primary goal of the program in biology is to provide students with a broad background suitable for future work in any area of biology or in related fields. In the junior and senior years, students have the opportunity to deepen this general background or to begin specialization in various areas such as aquatic biology, plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, ecology, premedical and pre-professional studies, and zoology.

Furthermore, the sequential and developmental nature of the biology program emphasizes skills and techniques that are used to complete St. Mary’s Projects. Through a careful choice of courses, made in collaboration with their faculty advisers, students may prepare themselves for secondary school teaching, for graduate work in biology or related areas, for careers as professional biologists in laboratories or field stations, for work in environmental studies or conservation, and for professional training in health and medicine-related fields. The location of the College on the St. Mary’s River, a sub-estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, provides excellent opportunities for field studies in aquatic biology. Other research opportunities are available in laboratories at St. Mary’s College and, through the internship program, at government and privately funded research laboratories in Maryland and elsewhere. A cooperative agreement between the College and the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science provides opportunities for St. Mary’s College students to take special seminars and conduct research with faculty members at the nearby Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons. Each student is encouraged to participate in field and/or laboratory research in the biological sciences through independent study, internships, or St. Mary’s Projects. Biology students are expected to take seriously the opportunity to become broadly educated in the liberal arts. To earn a bachelors of science degree with a major in biology, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses

Core (16 credit hours)

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
BIOL 105 - Principles of Biology I Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 106 - Principles of Biology II Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 270 - Genetics Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 271 - Ecology and Evolution Credit Hours: 4

Core Labs ( 4 credit hours)

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
BIOL 105L - Principles of Biology Lab I Credit Hours: 1
BIOL 106L - Principles of Biology II Lab Credit Hours: 1
BIOL 270L - Genetics Lab Credit Hours: 1
BIOL 271L - Ecology and Evolution Lab Credit Hours: 1

Elective Courses (4 credit hours)

  • At least four credit hours in upper division biology (BIOL) courses excluding Laboratory Teaching Assistant (BIOL 307), Internship (BIOL 398, BIOL 498), and Independent Study (BIOL 399, BIOL 499).

Minimum Grade and GPA Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each required course taken to fulfill the minor.