All B.S. students are required to take a core consisting of General Biology I and General Biology II, Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics, and one course in Physiology.
In addition to the core requirements each B.S. student will select one of the four concentrations in consultation with the department. The students will be assigned an appropriate faculty adviser within the department. Each student will confer with his/her adviser in planning the student's program of study appropriate to the concentration that the student has selected.
This concentration includes course work in ecology and organismal biology, including such topics as wetlands biology, freshwater ecology, and conservation biology. This program encourages students to use their electives to develop a diversified background of skills in earth science, geography and chemistry to complement their environmental interest and open future opportunities for internships and careers. Cooperative programs with community environmental monitoring organizations such as the Taunton River Watershed Alliance allow students to gain practical experience while investigating actual environmental problems.
This concentration features course work in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology and Embryology. Internship opportunities are available in local hospitals and research laboratories.
This concentration allows students to focus their study of biological mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level. Courses available include: Biochemistry, Electron Microscopy and Neurobiology. This concentration is designed for students who may want to pursue graduate studies in molecular or cellular biology and for those who seek a career in cell/molecular biology or biotechnology research.
This concentration allows for a less specialized program of study and is designed for students needing a broader background in biology. This program can be tailored to the student with individualized interests or can be designed to provide a broad background in biology. The general biology concentration is recommended for students considering teaching as a career.
Electives (12 credits from the following list):
Biology majors concentrating in Ecological Biology should strive to qualify for a 3 credit internship or research experience as part of their concentration electives. This could range from volunteer experience through the Student Conservation Association, paid internships with regulatory agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection or the National Park Service, or research with faculty at Bridgewater State University through Undergraduate Biological Research (BIOL 497 or BIOL 396).
Students interested in developing a field experience through Internship in Biology (BIOL 498) must meet the following criteria to be considered:
Internship applications will be screened by the department and sent to the
dean for approval. The approved form must be received by the Registrar's Office
in order to enroll for internship credits. No more than three (3) credits of
BIOL 498 can be used toward concentration electives.
Biomedical and Cell/Molecular Electives
Required Courses (Standard)
Required Courses (Secondary Education Minors)
Students may minor either in Secondary (High School, grades 9-12) or Middle School (grades 5-9) Education. Successful completion of either of these programs will lead to Massachusetts Provisional with Advanced Standing Teacher Certification. Please refer to the Department of Secondary Education and Professional Programs for specific teacher certification and program requirements. Students who wish to obtain a minor in Secondary Education with a view toward certification in Biology must take the General Concentration and should take the following as part of their biology electives:
Students with a minor in education must refer to the Department of Secondary Education and Professional Programs for specific teacher certification and program requirements. Students preparing to teach at the secondary level must complete the B.S. degree in biology.
Students may choose a double major in biology and elementary and early childhood education or special education. Appropriate advising materials are available in the biology department office.
A minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits in biology. Students must take BIOL 121 and BIOL 122 General Biology I and II or their equivalent and four additional courses in biology at or above the 200 level planned in consultation with the chairperson of biological sciences.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a Departmental Honors Program in Biology. This program provides an opportunity for well-qualified biology majors to conduct independent research in biology. Contact the Department of Biological Sciences for further information concerning eligibility and application.
The Department of Biological Sciences provides the opportunity for students to participate in a true research experience, which is increasingly an advantageous component of undergraduate training.
Each semester, BIOL 497 Undergraduate Biological Research is offered by one faculty member who directs and supervises a small team of undergraduates in a research project. Students are intimately involved with experimental design as well as data collection, analysis and interpretation. The course culminates with a student presentation of the semester's work in a departmental seminar, often followed by presentation at a professional scientific meeting. Research topics vary from semester to semester as different faculty members direct the research course; equally valuable training and experience in scientific methodology is obtained with all topics. The Department of Biological Sciences highly recommends this experience which adds a valuable dimension that is not provided by ordinary course work. In addition, BIOL 396 enables students to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. A student interested in this opportunity should contact faculty members who have research interests similar to those of the student.
For additional information on undergraduate research, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).
Last Modified: August 13, 2012