Biology - B.S.

The Biology bachelor's degree program provides a strong background of critical thinking skills and knowledge needed for further study in professional and graduate schools and for careers in biological science. The study of biology enables students to gain an understanding of the principles that govern life from the basic biochemistry of living cells to that of complex ecosystems. This understanding helps students identify and address the biological problems associated with human beings and their environments.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental biological concepts of evolution, structure and function, information exchange and storage, and transformation of energy and matter to explain biological systems from molecules to communities.
  • Communicate scientific information using oral and written arguments and visual presentation.
  • Identify, evaluate and analyze scientific information.
  • Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to address scientific questions.
  • Apply mathematical and computational skills and interdisciplinary concepts and knowledge to interpret biological phenomena.
  • Recognize ethical concerns pertaining to biological science and apply ethical practice in the scientific process.
  • Evaluate the influence that biological science has on society, including the historical context of major findings in modern biology.

Upon completion of the Biomedical Science specialization, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of microbiology, biochemistry and immunology to explain the cellular and molecular bases of host-microbial interactions.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of human anatomy, human physiology, and histology to problem solve clinical situations.

Upon completion of the Environmental Studies specialization, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply the core concepts and methods from economics, social, political and biological sciences to identify and address environmental problems.

The courses in this program have been designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamental principles of biology. The biology courses allow students to explore the molecular and cellular basis of life, structure and function of organisms, and ecological interactions of organisms. The physical science courses provide opportunities for students to break the barriers between traditional sciences and integrate their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics, a practice that is essential to the future of scientific progress.

To support student success in the Biology program, science faculty members are committed to following best practices for science education. This includes using active learning pedagogies in the classroom and guided inquiry learning pedagogies in the laboratories and providing quality internships opportunities. These teaching pedagogies are student-centered, interactive and focused on problem-based learning. They provide students with multiple opportunities to gain experiential training and use critical-thinking skills, both of which are essential for being successful members of the scientific community.

Graduates are prepared for careers that include, but are not limited to, biological technicians, forensic scientists, environmental scientists, microbiologists, medical laboratory scientists, zoologists and wildlife biologists. The Biology degree program also prepares students to pursue careers in healthcare, education and business.

Biology

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Credits
Major Courses
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal3
BIO1026General Biology Laboratory - Organismal1
BIO2001Genetics3
BIO3040Molecular Biology3
BIO3046Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIO3100Coastal Ecology3
BIO3106Coastal Ecology Laboratory1
BIO4020Integrative Biology3
BIO4026Integrative Biology Laboratory1
BIO4100Senior Seminar in Biology3
Major Electives or Specialization
Choose 16-18 credits of the following (at least two courses must be at 3000 level or higher)* or Specialization listed below: 16-18
Functional Human Anatomy
and Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Exercise Physiology
Principles of Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Evolution
Functional Histology
and Functional Histology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Immunology
Analytical Chemistry
Sustainability Policy and Planning
Food Sustainability
The Business of Sustainability
Research Seminar in Sustainability
Applied/Experiential Learning
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ir,Ic6
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
CHM1011General Chemistry I3
CHM1016General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM1022General Chemistry II3
CHM1026General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM2011Organic Chemistry I3
CHM2016Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM2022Organic Chemistry II3
CHM2026Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Mathematics6
Calculus I (or higher, based on student's placement) **
Introduction to Biostatistics
Science4
General Biology - Cellular
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
Social Sciences 6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives8
General Physics I
Physics I
General Physics I Laboratory
Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
Physics II
General Physics II Laboratory
Physics II Laboratory
Free Electives #
15-16 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university15-16
Total Credits121.0-124.0
Credits
†Specialization in Biomedical Science
22
Students must use 4 credits of free electives to complete this specialization
Functional Human Anatomy
and Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Principles of Biochemistry
Functional Histology
and Functional Histology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Immunology
Credits
†Specialization in Environmental Studies
22
Students must use 4 credits of free electives to complete this specialization
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Evolution
Sustainability Policy and Planning
Food Sustainability
The Business of Sustainability
Research Seminar in Sustainability
Environmental Sociology
‡Students must use social science elective to take SOC1001 to satisfy SOC3200 prerequisite

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?