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Minor in Biology

It’s a big world. Start here.

A strong foundation in the science of life can benefit a multitude of careers. Aspiring science journalist? Exercise science major interested in Physical Therapy school? Perhaps you simply want a better understanding of life on Earth.

The biology minor at William Woods University starts with a strong foundation in biology and then makes room for customization through electives ranging from microbiology to vertebrate zoology.

Take advantage of access to cutting-edge immersive research experiences. Learn from enthusiastic faculty with a diverse range of biological interests, yet the same passion to teach and to help their students learn both inside and outside of the classroom.

Requirements/Curriculum

The minor in biology at William Woods University includes 18 required course credits.

Courses you may take

BIO 114 - General Biology I -N - 4.00

This course will introduce the broad underpinnings of biological science with a focus on the subcellular level. Students will be expected to describe fundamental molecular topics – such as water, DNA, and shape – and begin integrating them in the context of overarching principles such as scientific method, biological systems, and evolution. This course is geared toward science majors and pre-health professions students. Concurrent enrollment in BIO115 required.

BIO 115 or BIO 116 - Gen Bio I Lab or Gen Bio I Lab for Transfer students - 0.00 or 1.00

The purpose of this lab is to offer a hands-on investigative experience with some of the content addressed in BIO 114. Topics include measurement and microscopy, structure and function of the cell, the fundamental chemistry of life, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, Mendelian genetics, and an introduction to molecular biology. Experimental design, use of scientific equipment, and critical thinking are emphasized, culminating in the execution and analysis of a student-designed experiment during the second half of the course. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 114 required. Prerequisite - Science ACT equal to or greater than 18 or BIO 105/106 with C or higher grade or Students conduct laboratory exercises selected to reinforce and augment the biology lecture course that students earned credit for at a previous institution. Experiments illustrate basic life principles and structures. Available only to students with posted transfer credit for BIO114 at time of enrollment. (Lab fee)

BIO 124 - General Biology II -N - 4.00

A continuation of the introductory sequence in biology, emphasizing the diversity of life as illustrated by organisms in the five major divisions of life forms. Anatomical, morphological, and life cycle characteristics of the various phyla and classes are introduced, and evolutionary and functional relationships stressed. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 125 required. Prerequisite - BIO114/115

BIO 125 - Gen Bio II Lab - 0.00

This laboratory primarily surveys the organisms of the major divisions of life forms, and visually demonstrates the changes in complexity of their form and structure as evolutionary processes have shaped organisms through geological time. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 124 required. Required Lab fee

BIO 231 - Genetics - 4.00

This course will emphasize current developments and techniques in the study of inheritance including extensions and applications of transmission, population, and molecular genetics. Laboratory experiences will include Mendelian crosses of model organisms, computer simulations via software and Internet of traditional and population genetics, and an introduction to cell-molecular genetics techniques including micropipetting, sterile bacterial culture, and visualization and mapping of DNA via gel electrophoresis. Thought processes and problem solving will be emphasized. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 232 required. Prerequisites: BIO124/125 (*MAT 118 should be completed prior to or concurrent enrollment with BIO231/232)

BIO 232 - Genetics Lab - 0.00

Laboratory experiences will include Mendelian crosses of model organisms, computer simulations via software and Internet of traditional and population genetics, and an introduction to molecular genetics techniques including micropipetting, sterile bacterial culture, and visualization and mapping of DNA via gel electrophoresis. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 231 required. Required Lab fee

Curriculum

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