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Natural Science Department

Bachelor of Science

Biology

BIOLOGY-BS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2019 (565)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2019 (565), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
Dean
(727) 398-8288
middleton.natavia@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree serves primarily to educate students for laboratory and field-related careers in the Biological sciences and as a transfer curriculum for graduate and professional schools.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1102601011: BIOLOGY SCIENCES (BS)

Federal CIP Code

26.0101: Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

Job Related Opportunities

  • A Biology-BS degree may lead to a career in the following fields: Biotechnology, Medical and Environmental laboratories, Field Biology, Research Biology, Aquaria and Zoo Biology.
  • This degree also prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic medicine.

Admission Rules

Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution, including:
- 15 credits of transferable general education courses,
- ENC 1101 Composition I (or equivalent),
- college level math (MAT 1100, STA 2023/H or any MAC, MTG, MAS prefix)
- cumulative gpa of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all college courses
- completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below with a minimum grade of "C"

NOTE: Students should complete MAC 1147 as early as possible to ensure timely progression; this course is a Prerequisite to MAC 2311 and PHY 1053.

Graduation Rules

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT
60 credits with at least 15 General Education credits

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Grade of "C" or better required.

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Courses listed below MUST be completed prior to admission.

Biology I Cellular Processes
3
Biology I Cellular Processes Laboratory
1
Biology II Organisms & Ecology
3
Biology II Laboratory
1
General Chemistry I
3
General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I
1
General Chemistry II
3
General Chemistry Laboratory II
1
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Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
5
OR
Applied Calculus I
3
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Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
5
OR
Applied Calculus II
3
OR
Elementary Statistics
3
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Courses listed below may be completed after admission but MUST be completed in order to graduate.

Organic Chemistry I
3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
1
Organic Chemistry II
3
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 35 credits)

Biochemistry
4
Theory And Practice In The Biological Sciences 1
2
Senior Seminar in Biology 2
1
Ecology
3
Ecology Lab
1
Genetics
3
Genetics Lab
1
Evolutionary Biology
3
Comparative Physiology
3
Comparative Physiology Lab
1
Microbiology
3
Microbiology Lab
1
Undergraduate Research in Biology
1
OR
Internship in Biological Sciences
1
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General Physics I
3
OR
Physics I
3
AND
Physics Laboratory I
1
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General Physics II
3
OR
Physics II
3
AND
Physics Laboratory II
1

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Major Electives (Complete 9 credit)

Introduction to Animal Science
3
Principles of Animal Nutrition
3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3
Community Health and Epidemiology
3
Any upper division course with a prefix of BOT, BSC, CHM, MCB, PCB, or ZOO.

SUBPLAN
Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 16 credits)

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Cellular & Molecular Biology (CMB) (Complete 4 credits)

Cell Biology
3
Cell Biology Laboratory
1

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Cellular & Molecular Biology (Complete minimum 12 credits)

Methods and Applications in Biotechnology
4
Molecular Biology
3
Immunology
3
Human Anatomy with Lab
4
Special Topics in Biology
1-2
Special Topics in Biology Lab
1-2
Scientific Communication
2

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (EEOB) (Complete 4 credits)

Marine Biology with Lab
4

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (Complete minimum 12 credits)

Field Botany With Lab
4
Biostatistics with Lab
4
Vertebrate Zoology
3
AND
Vertebrate Zoology Lab
1
Animal Behavior
3
AND
Animal Behavior Lab
1
Plant Biology
3
AND
Plant Biology Lab
1
Conservation Biology
3
Special Topics in Biology Lab
1
Special Topics in Biology
1

1 BSC 3017 should be completed in first semester of program
2 BSC 4931 should be completed in last semester of program

120
Total Credits