Step Toward your Career in Biology
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE OR ARTS
Dive deeper into all areas of biology, from the molecular basis of life to the interactions of living systems. At Stevenson, choose electives and tailor your degree to your specific interests and career aspirations, including Pre-Health, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Organismal Biology.
Want to go the extra mile? Our Bachelor’s to Master’s Option allows you to graduate with a master’s in as little as five years.
Graduates of the Biology program will:
- Apply knowledge of fundamental biological principles to the description and analysis of living systems.
- Evaluate function as it relates to structure throughout the spectrum of biological organization.
- Apply laboratory research skills and techniques to the investigation of biological questions.
- Evaluate scientific issues and findings using primary research literature.
- Communicate scientific findings in written and oral formats appropriate to the audience.
- Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
- Apply academic preparation to professional experiences outside the classroom.
Connection to Career
- Baltimore County Department of
Recreation and Parks
- Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry
- Greater Baltimore
- Hughes Medical Institute/Center for
- Wildlife Diversity
Program – Alaska
- Brookeville Animal
- Irvine Nature Center
- McCormick Spice
- MD State Police Forensic Science Lab
- Auburn University
- Carnegie Mellon
- Sacred Heart University
- Stevenson University
- University of
- University of Virginia
- Genetic Counselors
- Nuclear Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Zoologist or Wildlife Technician
Connection to Career
Biology major, Eunjeong Joo, talks about why she choose Stevenson to pursue her dream career.
Through pre-professional advising, our Department of Biological Sciences maintains a high success rate for students applying to graduate and professional programs. Our graduates are well prepared for careers or research in biological and other related fields, including human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and more.
Study Biology at Stevenson
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in biology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).
Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
|FYS 100||First Year Seminar||1 credit|
|BIO 112||Principles of General Biology||3 credits|
|BIO 113||General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics||3 credits|
|BIO 113L||General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics||1 credit|
|BIO 113HL||Honors – General Biology I Laboratory||1 credit|
|BIO 114||General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms||3 credits|
|BIO 114L||General Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms||1 credit|
|BIO 115||General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution||3 credits|
|BIO 115L||General Biology III Laboratory: Ecology and Evolution||1 credit|
|BIO 218||Career Connections in the Life Sciences||1 credit|
|BIO 230||Genetics||4 credits|
|BIO 235L||Diversity of Life||1 credit|
|BIO 470||Capstone Internship||3 credits|
|BIO 471||Capstone Internship||6 credits|
|BIO 475||Capstone Seminar||3 credits|
|CHEM 114||General Chemistry I with Problem Solving||3 credits|
|CHEM 115||General Chemistry I||3 credits|
|CHEM 115L||General Chemistry I Laboratory||1 credit|
|CHEM 115S||General Chemistry I SoLVE||0 credits|
|CHEM 116||General Chemistry II||3 credits|
|CHEM 116L||General Chemistry II Laboratory||1 credit|
|CHEM 116S||General Chemistry II SoLVE||0 credits|
|CHEM 210||Organic Chemistry I||3 credits|
|CHEM 210L||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||1 credit|
|MATH 136||Introduction to Statistics||4 credits|
|SCI 215||Writing in the Sciences||3 credits|
Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.
Minors and Other Options
Minor in Biology
The minor in biology requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a BIO prefix. For biology courses with a separate lab co-requisite, both the lab and lecture for the course must be taken; however, the lab does not count as a separate course toward the minor.
Please see the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for further information regarding this minor. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the minors section of the catalog.
Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.
The Bachelor’s to Master’s Option provides qualified Stevenson undergraduate students the opportunity to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a shorter timeframe. Students accepted to this option are able to complete a maximum of six graduate courses (18 credits) as an undergraduate student. A maximum of two graduate courses (6 credits) may fulfill bachelor’s degree requirements. Participating bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs at Stevenson are designed to blend seamlessly, giving students a powerful education in a shorter period of time that also helps them save money.
Biology Bachelor’s to Master’s Options
Service learning options are offered periodically with some biology courses. Please consult the course instructor or the department chair if you have any questions.
Eligible students majoring in biology may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Biological Sciences. 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 department 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 department 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
- Binocular Light Microscopes
- PCR Machines
- Temperature-controlled Incubators
- Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus
- Laptop Computers
Meet Our Students & Alumni
On the Honorable Path
Biology Major / Pre-Medicine Track
After reading books like the “One Last Wish” series by Lurlene McDaniel as an adolescent, Jaibyn dreamed of one day becoming a physician. “Finding the perfect college for me was a priority,” she says. With that determination, Jaibyn toured over 10 colleges but always found herself drawn back to her first campus visit: Stevenson University.
Biology Faculty Member, Ben Fertig, publishes journal article in Jan ’22 Edition of Estuaries and Coasts as a part of the CERF Rising TIDES Program!
The essay identifies how a scientific society can catalyze representational, structural, and interactional diversity to achieve greater inclusion. This requires intentional commitment to capacity building, community engagemen.
Students enjoyed a "Biology Brain Break" outdoors on OMN! Each week the biology department is hosting a different event to give students the opportunity to take a break and socialize with fellow students, faculty, and staff.
Congratulations to SU biology student, Tiana Marshall, on acceptance to Veterinary School! Tiana was recently accepted to Virginia – Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
different internship sites in and out of state since 2012
of students complete a senior research or internship capstone experience tailored to their career interests
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