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Discover the science of living things

Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Biology majors gives you a strong foundation in the breadth of disciplines that make up the biological sciences.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    For professional scientists and public citizens alike, scientific discoveries continually reshape our knowledge of living things. The field of biology is constantly advancing and is always in need of well-prepared science professionals. The Bachelor of Science program in Biology at Stevenson will give you the knowledge and skills to chart your course for a career in the biological sciences, and you can choose specialized electives to focus on your fields of interest. 

    What Will You Learn?

    • Explain the foundational significance of the Cell Theory and the Theory of Evolution to biology.
    • Describe the flow of energy within systems.
    • Describe how genetic processes underlie all biological function and explain diversity.
    • Evaluate function as it relates to structure throughout the spectrum of biological organization.
    • Describe interactions within and among species, between species, and between species and the environment.
    • Demonstrate a proficiency in basic laboratory skills; using the metric system and scientific notation; and laboratory safety.
    • Plan, execute, and interpret an experiment following the tenets of the scientific method.
    • Analyze and interpret data for presentation in both written and oral formats.
    • Use knowledge of basic biological principles to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advanced (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, biotechnological advances and/or advances in human medicine.
    • Collect and report data ethically and honestly. 
    • Demonstrate professional conduct and strong interpersonal communication skills.
    • Evaulate scientific journal articles in terms of scientific merit and ethical, societal, and global implications. 
    • Demonstrate the ability to learn and think independently and creatively. 
    • Recognize the value and act upon the need for lifelong learning.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Biology program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Biology?

    Through pre-professional advising, Stevenson's Department of Biological Sciences maintains a high success rate for its students applying to graduate programs. Our graduates are well prepared for careers in industry or research, admission to graduate school in biological or related fields such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physical therapy, or other health profession programs.

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Biology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    • BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIO 113L General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory
    • BIO 114 General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms
    • BIO 114L General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms Laboratory
    • BIO 115 General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution
    • BIO 115L General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
    • BIO 255 Techniques in Molecular Biology
    • CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
    • CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 116S General Chemistry II SoLVE
    • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    • MATH 220 Calculus I
    • MATH 235 Statistical Methods
    • PHIL 415 Topics in Professional Ethics
    • PHYS 210 General Physics I
    • PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus
    • PHYS 211 General Physics II
    • PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus 
    • SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

    Senior Capstone

    Select one:

    • BIO 450 Research Capstone
    • BIO 460 Research Capstone
    • BIO 460H Research Capstone
    • BIO 455 Internship Capstone
    • BIO 465 Internship Capstone
    • BIO 465H Internship Capstone

    Biology Electives

    Group 1 (Select four):

    • BIO 203 Microbiology
    • BIO 210 Botany
    • BIO 217 Principles of Biochemistry
    • BIO 222 Human Anatomy
    • BIO 230 Genetics

    Group 2: Two additional biology courses

    Group 3: Four additional 300- or 400-level biology courses

    **Students may also choose to take up to two environmental science or medical technology courses to fulfill the Group 2 and Group 3 biology electives.

    ** Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level biology elective

    Biology Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Biology Department Honors Requirements

    Eligible students majoring in Biology may elect to pursue honors within the biology department. The intention to pursue biology department honors must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year. To declare the intent to pursue departmental honors, a student must have earned a science GPA of 3.50 or higher.

    Students graduating with biology department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with departmental honors, the following requirements must be met:

    • Completion of a 400-level capstone experience with a grade of "B" or better
    • Completion of BIO 440 Seminar Topics in Biology with a grade of "B" or better
    • Completion of an Honors Contract Project in an upper-level biology course. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in the course in which an Honors Contract Project is completed. The student must submit a contract project proposal to be approved by department faculty before beginning the project. The final project must be approved by department faculty in order to receive honors credit.
    • A science GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation


    A minor is available in Biology. A student wishing to take any Biology course for the biology minor must meet the prerequisite(s) for the particular course. Students must take six courses that count in the Biology major, excluding seminar courses. Please check with your advisor or the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.

    The following courses may not count toward a minor in Biology:

    • BIO 104
    • BIO 107
    • BIO 211
    • BIO 215
    • BIO 240

    One-Credit Learning Beyond and Service Learning Options

    One-credit Experiential Learning and Service Learning options are offered periodically with some Biology courses. These one-credit options will be listed and described in the course schedule each semester. Please consult the course instructor or the department chair if you have any questions.

    Articulation Agreement

    Community College Programs
    Community College of Baltimore County Associate of Science (CCBC), Biology transfer pattern. It is possible for students to transfer 62-70 credits from CCBC that count in the SU core curriculum and the biology curriculum.

    Montgomery College Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology. It is possible for students to transfer 62-68 credits from Montgomery College that count in the SU core curriculum and the biology curriculum.

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Biology program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Industry Scientist
• Physical Therapist
• Physician/Physician Assistant
• Research Scientist
• Pharmacist
• Veterinarian

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.


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