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Lake Superior State University

Biology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The Bachelor of Science degree in biology combines theory and concepts of biology with intensive, hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories and a wealth of close-by field sites. Students build on a core of biology classes by selecting the physiology and taxonomy classes and other electives that best fit their interests.

The program is an excellent preparation for biology or related careers. Our graduates are currently employed as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, biological researchers, laboratory technicians, consultants and teachers. Many careers in biology require education beyond the baccalaureate degree and LSSU’s biology program has a proven record of excellent preparation for professional and graduate school.

Animal Biology concentration - In this program, you will study the physiology, nutrition, behavior, and health of animals, with focus on species that are economic resources or beloved companions. Includes instruction in molecular and cell biology, microbiology, nutrition and physiology, ecology and behavior, genetics and evolutionary biology, disease prevention, and applications to specific species and phyla. As an animal biology major, you'll have the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice by working with wild and domesticated animals in hands-on situations.  It will prepare you for employment in laboratories, zoos, farms, or animal shelters.

Food and Ecology concentration - prepares students for specific careers or graduate studies in particular aspects of the food system.  These careers range from technical, policy, outreach, and research work with federal, local and tribal government agencies; university research, food businesses; NGOs working to improve health and nutrition, advocacy groups, industry groups.  The skills required for these careers thus range across a number of disciplines.  This program provides the required basis in biological sciences and adds choices in other disciplines to let students tailor their program to their specific interests.  Students interested in pursuing graduate school in the sciences should consider adding additional chemistry classes, including organic chemistry, to their schedule.  The program requires that students complete an apprenticeship class with an organization working in an aspect of the food system and complete a senior project.

Pre-Medical concentration - prepares students for medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, and physician assistant graduate studies.  Biology students will work with a pre-professional advisor to select the electives best suited for the health professional program of their choice while also providing a well-rounded biology education.  This program has an embedded chemistry minor that meets the requirements of most U.S. medical schools.  The LSSU Biology department is recognized by all health professional schools in Michigan as a top rate biology program.

LSSU participates in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine's Early Assurance Program. During their junior year, students who excel in the LSSU biology pre-medical program may apply to the College of Human Medicine, and selected students will be assured of admission and begin a relationship with MSU College of Human Medicine during their senior year of college.

Pre-Veterinary concentration - with an embedded chemistry minor, prepares students to enter veterinary college after graduation from LSSU. It was designed to meet the specific requirements for the Michigan State University-College of Veterinary Medicine, but our students go to vet schools all over the country, for example North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and University of Illinois.  This program stresses not only academics, but also the animal care experience that is critical for gaining admission to a veterinary college.

Program Learning Outcomes:


Thoroughly research and synthesize the primary literature for information relevant to a current scientific investigation.

Design and conduct a scientific investigation of a testable hypothesis or methodology using appropriate tools and techniques.

Effectively communicate the results or outcomes of a scientific investigation in multiple formats.

Engage in professional activities related to the study of biological sciences and practice good professional ethics.

 

Available degrees (see specific requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Science Biology

Biology Courses (26 credits)

Focal Courses in Biology (7 - 8 credits)

Physiology Elective (1 course from)

Taxonomy Elective (1 course from)

Biology Cognates (21 credits)

21 credits of any BIOL courses not used to satisfy one of the other requirements, or any NRES courses other than NRES199, NRES299, NRES250, NRES398, NRES399, NRES450, NRES490, NRES495, or NRES499.  A minimum of 17 credits must be from 300/400 level courses.   At least one elective must be a 400 level course.

Support Courses

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
    or
  • CHEM208 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Science 4
  • Physical Science (CHEM, PHYS, GEOL) course with lab 4

Free Electives - 16 - 19 credits as needed to reach 124 total credits.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Animal Biology Concentration

Biology Courses (26 credits)

Focal Courses in Animal Biology (20 credits)

Cognates  (Choose 12 credits from)

Zoology:

or/and

Animal Health:

Support Courses (17 credits)

Free Electives - 21 - 24 credits as needed to reach 124 total credits

A minimum of 17 credits must be from BIOL/NRES 300/400 level courses.  At least one elective must be a BIOL/NRES 400 level course.

*Requires CHEM225 and CHEM351

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Food and Ecology Concentration

Biology Foundation and Research Courses (26 credits)

Focal Courses in Food Systems (12-13 credits)

  • BIOL307 US Food Systems 3
  • BIOL202 Plant Sciences: Identification and Diversity 3
  • BIOL235 Protected Horticulture 3
  • BIOL389 Apprenticeship in (Food Systems) 3-4

Speciality Cognates (6 - 11 credits)

Choose One Area:

Policy and Communications (select 3 classes - 9 credits)

  • POLI130 Intro to State and Local Government 3
  • POLI301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation 3
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
    or
  • COMM320 Public Relations 3

Production (11 credits)

  • BIOL232 Introduction to Aquaponics 4
  • BIOL306 Mycology 3
  • BIOL315 Plant Sciences: Structure and Function 4

Marketing (select 2 classes - 6 credits)

Analytics (select 3 classes - 8-9 credits)

  • BIOL385 Public Health Statistics and Epidemiology 3
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS 3
  • EVRN225 Intermediate GIS 2
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis 3

Support Courses (8 credits)*

Free Electives - credits as needed to reach 124 total credits.

A minimum of 17 credits must be from BIOL/NRES 300/400 level courses.  At least one elective must be a BIOL/NRES 400 level course.

*Students interested in science graduate programs should consult with their advisor regarding additional chemistry courses.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Pre-Medical Concentration

Biology Courses (34 credits)

Physiology Elective (1 course from)

  • BIOL330 Animal Physiology* 4
  • BIOL421 Adv Cell & Molecular Biology* 4

Advanced Study - Select 17 credits from the following list:

Support Courses

Free Electives - 12 - 14 credits as needed to reach 124 total credits.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.75 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Biology Courses (26 credits)

Physiology Elective (1 course from)

Taxonomy Elective (1 course from)

Support Courses (37 credits)

Advanced Study - Select 17 credits from the following list:

*These courses required by MSU-CVM.

Free Electives - 9 - 11 credits as needed to reach 124 total credits.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.75 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.


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