Department of Life & Physical Sciences

 

Academic Programs in Biology

Mission

The mission of the Biology program is to provide educational opportunities for students from various backgrounds to be successful in a complex, technological and diverse society. The program is dedicated to teaching the principles and concepts of life sciences and demonstrating how it applies to our natural and social environment; provides majors with current and relevant programs that prepare them for employment or professional advancement and conducts laboratory and research experiences for undergraduates that reinforce learning and applications of empirical methods of science. The program accomplishes its goals through small classes and individual attention in a nurturing educational environment.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Biology

Bachelor of Science with a major in Medical Technology

Assessment Program

Assessment of biological knowledge and skills will take place in the junior and senior years of the major. The assessment will include both written and oral presentations of scientific information as well as a detailed examination of scientific experiences. In order to assess student progress in the objective areas they will participate in the following courses or activities.

Students receiving a B.S. degree in Biology or a B.S. Ed. degree with a major in Biology will take both BIO 409 and 410. Written and oral presentations will be recorded and reviewed by faculty.

Students receiving a B.S. degree in Biology or Medical Technology will take the major field exam prior to graduation.

Students receiving a B.S. Ed. degree with a major in Biology will take the Praxis exam prior to graduation.

Students receiving a B.S. degree in Biology or a B.S. Ed. degree with a major in Biology will complete laboratory experiences including notebooks, reports, posters and collections from BIO 308, BIO 310, BIO 312, BIO 314 and BIO 404. Copies of these items are kept on file in the department office.

Students receiving a B.S. degree in Medical Technology will be required to provide evidence of completion of a certified program of medical technology via an advisor or supervisor.

Future employment status of all students receiving degrees in Biology will be assessed by student participation in an employment survey following graduation.

Computer Skills Acquired

Upon completion of the Biology, Biology Education or Medical Technology degree programs at Lincoln University, the student will have gained a basic understanding of computers and various software programs. Students will have the opportunity to gain the necessary computer knowledge and skills by taking CS 103 (or the equivalent) or BIO 314 or BIO 410 or GIS 316, which are computer intensive.

Courses Required

A minimum of 40 upper division hours (those numbered 300 and above) is required for graduation.

Major: B. S. in Biology

A minimum grade of "C" in BIO 103, 104L, 105, 301, 308 or 311, 310, 312, 314, 409, 410; 3-4 credit hours of upper division electives from the following list: BIO 305, 306, 400, 401, 403, 404, 422; 3-4 credit hours of upper division electives from the following list: BIO 326, 400, 404, 406, 423, 425; CHM 101, 102, 301, 302, 303, 304 and MAT 117. Mathematics through calculus and PHY 101 and 102 are strongly recommended.

Major: B. S. Ed. in Biology

Students working toward the B.S. Ed. degree with a major in Biology meet all of the requirements for the B.S. in Biology. In addition, the following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better: BIO 423, PHI 308, PHY 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, and 106.

Minor in Biology

A minimum grade of “C” in BIO 103/104, 105, 301, 308 or 311, 409, 410, and 3-4 hours biology electives (300-400 level).