Biology - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

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.

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.


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

Major Courses
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal4.5
BIO1025General Biology Laboratory - Organismal2.25
BIO3010Principles of Biochemistry4.5
BIO3040Molecular Biology4.5
BIO4015Microbiology Laboratory2.25
Major Electives
Choose 22.5 credits of the following (at least two courses must be at 3000 level or higher):22.5
College of Arts & Sciences Internship
Functional Human Anatomy
and Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
Coastal Ecology
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Functional Histology
Fundamentals of Immunology
Sustainability Policy and Planning
Food Sustainability
The Business of Sustainability
Research Seminar in Sustainability
Related Professional Studies
BIO4100Senior Seminar in Biology4.5
CAR0010Career Management1
CHM1011General Chemistry I4.5
CHM1015General Chemistry I Laboratory2.25
CHM1022General Chemistry II4.5
CHM1025General Chemistry II Laboratory2.25
CHM2011Organic Chemistry I4.5
CHM2015Organic Chemistry I Laboratory2.25
CHM2022Organic Chemistry II4.5
CHM2025Organic Chemistry II Laboratory2.25
PHY1011General Physics I4.5
or PHY2011 Physics I
PHY1015General Physics I Laboratory1.5
or PHY2015 Physics I Laboratory
PHY1022General Physics II4.5
or PHY2022 Physics II
PHY1025General Physics II Laboratory1.5
or PHY2025 Physics II Laboratory
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Calculus I (or higher, based on student's placement) *
Introduction to Biostatistics
General Biology - Cellular
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
Social Sciences 9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.22.5
Total Credits181.75

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, Charlotte or Online.
¶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.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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 will be assessed at the completion of 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 JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year 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.