B.S. in Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a rigorous curriculum and strong foundation in core biology topics, and cultivates students’ curiosity about the wonders of God’s world.

71-74 units

Biology is the study of life and living organisms, and is important to a variety of disciplines including medicine, pharmacology, ecology, botany, cytology, immunology, biochemistry, and biotechnology.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology focuses on utilizing scientific knowledge to better understand living organisms and the wonders of God’s world, providing a rigorous curriculum and strong foundation in core biology courses such as general biology, microbiology, and cell biology. Additional course requirements provide a foundation in related fields (chemistry, physics, and mathematics), and provide breadth to the study of biology. Biology students then use upper-division courses to specialize in ecological, microbiological, molecular, neurobiological, or organismal emphases.

The B.S. in Biology degree provides excellent preparation for careers such as biomedical/pharmaceutical sales; elementary or secondary science teachers; technicians in conservation, agriculture, or food or health sciences; and university or hospital research. The program is also excellent preparation for graduate and professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, pharmacology, biotechnology, biomedical research, or university teaching positions. Students interested in a professional medical career may also consider APU’s premedical/predental track, and students desiring to matriculate into a physical therapy or physician assistant program should explore the B.S. in Allied Health.

Students in the B.S. in Biology program are strongly encouraged to collaborate with science faculty in a research project or participate in an off-campus internship.

Note: Entry requirements differ among graduate schools and jobs. Students are responsible to research the requirements of graduate programs and professions in which they are interested.

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

The Au Sable Institute serves evangelical Christian colleges by offering environmental studies in a natural environment at multiple sites in the United States and other countries. Azusa Pacific University students may attend the institute as part of APU’s involvement with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and receive credit for courses taken there with prior approval. Contact the Department of Biology and Chemistry for more information.

Requirements

All of the following requirements must be met to continue as an allied health, biology, biochemistry, or chemistry major. A student’s failure to maintain these requirements will result in him or her being dropped from the major. Reentry to the major is by petition only.

  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major.
  • Must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher in order for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
  • Any single course within the major can be taken only two times at APU; students must change to a major outside the department after two unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the major can be repeated; students must change to a major outside the department after unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in any three required courses.
Biology
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 152General Biology II4
BIOL 240Biology of Microorganisms4
BIOL 280Cell Biology4
BIOL 300Genetics 24
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 33
Chemistry
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 44
CHEM 152General Chemistry II4
CHEM 251
CHEM 261
Organic Chemistry: Theory I
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
4
CHEM 252
CHEM 262
Organic Chemistry: Theory II
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
4
Mathematics
MATH 165Calculus I 43
MATH 166Calculus II 43
Physics
Select one of the following:8-10
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II 1, 4
Physics for Science and Engineering I
and Physics for Science and Engineering II 1, 4
Additional Upper-Division Courses (See Below)18-19
Total Units71-74

Ecological Emphasis (Additional Upper-Division Courses)

Select 18-19 additional units of 300- or 400-level BIOL courses, as follows:

BIOL 320Ecology 14
BIOL 435Stewardship Ecology3
Units from field-study program 24
Additional units from field-study program or: 34
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Select at least 3 additional units from the following:3-4
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Or approved (by department chair) topics in:
Directed Research Internship 4
Advanced Topics in Biology
Total Units18-19

Microbiological Emphasis (Additional Upper-Division Courses)

Select 18 additional units of 300- or 400-level BIOC and BIOL courses, as follows:

BIOL 494Advanced Topics in Biology (Immunology)4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Biomolecular Chemistry 1
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one 4-unit course):10
Biomolecular Metabolism 1
Medical Microbiology 2
Biological Science Internship 3
Molecular Biology
Advanced Topics in Biology (Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Disease)
Directed Research Internship 4
Advanced Topics in Biology (Parasitology and/or Virology)
Total Units18

Molecular Emphasis (Additional Upper-Division Courses)

Select 18 additional units of 300- or 400-level BIOC and BIOL courses, as follows:

BIOL 410Molecular Biology4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Biomolecular Chemistry 1
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one additional 4-unit course):10
Biomolecular Metabolism 1
Ecology 2
Neurobiology 3
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Pre-health Seminar 4
Medical Missions Practicum 4
Directed Research Internship 4
Biological Science Internship
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 3
Biology Seminar 4
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 4
Total Units18

Neurobiological Emphasis (Additional Upper-Division Courses)

Select 18 additional units of 300- or 400-level BIOC or BIOL courses, as follows:

BIOL 326Neurobiology 14
Select one of the following: 4
Principles of Biochemistry 2
Mammalian Physiology
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one additional 4-unit course): 310
Principles of Biochemistry 2
Biomolecular Chemistry 2
Biomolecular Metabolism 2
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Pre-health Seminar 3
Medical Missions Practicum 3
Directed Research Internship 3
Biological Science Internship
Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 1
Biology Seminar 3
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 3
Total Units18

Organismal Emphasis (Additional Upper-Division Courses)

Select 18 additional units of 300- or 400-level BIOC or BIOL courses, as follows:

Select two of the following (only one of BIOL 336 and BIOL 346 may count toward this requirement):8
Ecology 1
Neurobiology 2
Vertebrate Biology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one additional 4-unit course): 310
Principles of Biochemistry 4
Biomolecular Chemistry 4
Biomolecular Metabolism 4
Ecology 1
Neurobiology 2
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Pre-health Seminar 3
Medical Missions Practicum 3
Directed Research Internship 3
Biological Science Internship
Molecular Biology
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 2
Biology Seminar 3
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 3
Total Units18

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge base in the field of biology.
  2. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research orally.
  3. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and research in writing.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in problem solving and applying the scientific method to scientific questions.
  5. Demonstrate laboratory skills and techniques.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant laboratory instrumentation.
  7. Express a Christian worldview that integrates faith with their biology vocation.