Jun 24, 2018  
University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
    
University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Biological Science General Concentration, B.S.


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Curriculum Requirements


The undergraduate courses in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences are designed to provide a basic program for the training and development of prospective biologists, including students interested in careers in fundamental research, biotechnology, and teaching as well as those planning to enter such applied fields as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, laboratory technology, conservation, industry, and environmentally related fields. The general biology program provides as a part of the liberal arts program the opportunity for students to acquire a broad knowledge of biology and an appreciation of the biological sciences.

1. 120 Semester Hours:


Minimum of 120 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the major and cumulative. The last 30 semester hours must be completed at NCCU. Students must repeat ‘D’ and ‘F’ grades in major courses.

2. General Education Requirement:


Freshman and sophomore years: completion of the General Education Curriculum  (GEC).  Science and mathematics courses required for the major satisfy GEC science and mathematics requirements.

3. Program Requirements:


Non-departmental requirements (must have a grade of 'C' or better):


Completion of all of the following groups:

MATH 1100 College Algebra and Trigonometry I ( 3 ) *

MATH 1200 College Algebra and Trigonometry II ( 3 )  (or MATH 1410 ) and either MATH 2010 , MATH 2400  or BIOL 4200  

CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I ( 4 ) *

CHEM 1200 General Chemistry II ( 4 ) *

CHEM 3100 Organic Chemistry I ( 3 ) 

CHEM 3330 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I ( 1 ) 

PHYS 2110 General Physics I ( 4 ) 

* Course may be used to fulfill a GEC Requirement

Departmental requirements (must have a 'C' or better):


The first three courses must be completed in the sequence given, with a grade of “C” or better, before any other Biology courses, required or elective, may be taken.

BIOL 1201 Principles of Biology: Organisms and Diversity ( 4 )  

BIOL 1202 Principles of Biology: Molecules and Cells ( 4 )  

BIOL 2200 Molecular Biology of Cells I ( 3 )  

BIOL 2220 Molecular Biology of Cells II ( 3 )  

BIOL 3100 Genetics ( 4 )  

BIOL 3200 General Microbiology ( 4 )  

BIOL 4040 Senior Seminar ( 2 )  

4. Concentration Requirements


Students must earn a C or better in all Biology elective courses.  Complete 20 hours, including three courses taken from three categories of required electives as listed below:

Complete at least one of the following courses emphasizing biodiversity or environmental biology:

BIOL 2600 Environmental Biology ( 3 )  

BIOL 2700 Environmental Problems ( 4 )   

BIOL 3430 Marine Biology ( 3 )  

BIOL 4020 Evolutionary Medicine ( 3 )  

Complete at least one of the following courses emphasizing cell biology, molecular biology, or physiology:

BIOL 2020 Basic Neurobiology ( 3 )  

BIOL 4100 Inquiries in Developmental Biology ( 3 )  

BIOL 4300 Advanced Human Physiology ( 4 )  

BIOL 4610 Selected Topics in Biology ( 1 to 3 per section )  

CHEM 4500 Biochemistry I ( 3 )  

CHEM 4520 Biochemistry Laboratory ( 1 )  

Complete at least one of the following specialized upper-level courses:

BIOL 4020 Evolutionary Medicine ( 3 )          

BIOL 4310 Advanced Human Anatomy ( 4 )  

BIOL 4350 Cancer Biology ( 3 )  

BIOL 4400 Introduction to Research ( 1 to 3 )  

BIOL 4500 Parasitology ( 3 )  

BIOL 4510 Field Work in Environmental Studies ( 3 )  

BIOL 4610 Selected Topics in Biology ( 1 to 3 per section )  

BIOL 4620 Bioethics ( 3 )  

BIOL 4930 Scientific Writing ( 3 )  

Students must also complete 8 credit hours of electives in STEM, (2000-level or above courses in BIOL, CHEM, EEGS, PHYS, MATH).

5. Additional Requirements


Four- Year Curriculum Plan in Biological and Biomedical Sciences


Bachelor’s in Biology (General)

For key to symbols used, please see ‘key’ below.

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Spring Semester


  • * Social Science GEC Requirement (3)
    * Arts & Humanities GEC Requirement (3)
    ++ Biology
    STEM Elective (4)

  • PEDU 1541 - Fitness (2)

Senior Year


Fall Semester


++ Biology Electives ( including WI courses) (8)
& General Electives (6)

Spring Semester


++ Biology Electives (8)
& General Electives (6)
BIOL 4040  -  Senior Seminar ( 2 )  

Total Minimum Credit Hours: 120


Key to symbols used:

Distribution of Hours:
* Core Curriculum Courses - 30 (not including the science courses that are in the required course list)
+ Core Biology Courses - 22
++ Required electives in the major - 20
= Required courses in Chemistry (12), Physics (4), and Mathematics (9) - 25

@ BIOL 4200   could be taken in lieu of MATH 2400  

# STEM elective (2000-level or above course in BIOL, CHEM, EEGS, PHYS, MATH) - 8

& General Electives - 15

< Students must complete the curriculum with a minimum GPA = 2.0 in Major and 2.0 Overall

< Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all BIOLOGY required courses and elective courses in the BIOLOGY major.

< Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in CHEM 3100  &CHEM 3330  , MATH 2400  or BIOL 4200  and PHYS 2110  

< Students must complete Writing Intensive (WI) and a Speaking Intensive (SI) courses

$ BIOL 1201 Principles of Biology: Organisms and Diversity  replaced BIOL 1201 - General Biology II

% BIOL 1202 Principles of Biology: Molecules and Cells   replaced BIOL 1101 - General Biology I

Program Notes:


Minor In Biology

The minor in biology consists of 21 semester hours in biology, including the following required courses:

BIOL 1201 , BIOL 1202 , BIOL 2200 , BIOL 3100 , and BIOL 3200 .

Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree:

The Biology Department offers a “2nd degree in Biology” program of study to those students possessing a prior baccalaureate degree.  A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned in the second degree program.  Since cases may be different, prospective candidates for the second degree should contact the departmental chairperson at (919) 530-6034 for information about the program requirements.

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