Biology Major

73–79 units

Introduction

A well-balanced complement of courses in the field of biology is offered to provide solid academic training for the student who wishes to major in this area. The biology faculty stimulate curiosity and creativity within each student to utilize basic scientific knowledge in the practical solutions of problems related to living organisms and in understanding the wonders of God’s world. Biology majors specialize in upper-division courses in the areas of ecological, molecular, or organismal emphases.

Student Learning Goals

This program develops students who can:

  • Demonstrate a traditional biology knowledge base appropriate for entry into an accredited graduate program in the field.
  • Apply the scientific method and appropriate biological knowledge and theories to issues such as environmental stewardship, medical ethics, and biotechnology.
  • Relate themes of Christian faith to the diverse functioning of organisms and their relationships to the natural world.

Career Opportunities

Students majoring or minoring in biology may enter biomedical/pharmaceutical sales, become elementary or secondary school science teachers, or serve as technicians in conservation, agriculture, food or health sciences, university research laboratories, or hospitals. The major also prepares the student for studies leading to graduate professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, pharmacology, biotechnology, biomedical research, or university teaching positions. Students desiring to matriculate into a physical therapy or physician assistant program should view the allied health major. For information on the premedical/predental emphasis, visit Preprofessional Programs.

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 in 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. Please see the biology faculty representative for further information.

Requirements

Biology
BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 152General Biology II4
BIOL 240Biology of Microorganisms4
BIOL 280Cell Biology4
BIOL 300Genetics4
BIOL 496Writing 3: Ethics and the Sciences 43
Chemistry
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 34
CHEM 152General Chemistry II 14
CHEM 251
CHEM 261
Organic Chemistry - Theory I
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
5
CHEM 252
CHEM 262
Organic Chemistry - Theory II
and Organic Chemistry - Lab
5
Mathematics
Select one of the following:6-9
Applied Calculus I
and Applied Calculus II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Physics
Select one of the following:8-10
Physics for Life Sciences I
and Physics for Life Sciences II 1, 3
Physics for Science and Engineering I
and Physics for Science and Engineering II 1, 3
Additional upper-division courses18-19
Total Units73-79
1

Meets the General Education Natural Sciences requirement: BIOL 151CHEM 151, PHYC 151, and  PHYC 161.

2

Meets either the General Education Writing 3 requirement or the Integrative and Applied Learning requirement, but not both.

3

This course may be waived with an appropriate Advanced Placement test score.

Ecological Emphasis (additional upper-division courses)

Select 18-19 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:
Advanced Topics in Biology
Directed Research
Total Units18-19
1

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

2

Four units from an approved, off-campus field-study program such as the Au Sable Institute described above. 

3

Up to 4 additional units from an approved, off-campus field-study program.

Molecular Emphasis (additional upper-division courses)

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

BIOL 410Molecular Biology4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biochemistry
Biochemistry I
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one additional 4-unit course): 210
Biochemistry II (credit will not be given for both BIOC 360 and BIOC 381)
Ecology 1
Neurobiology
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Pre-health Seminar 2
Medical Missions Practicum 2
Science Internship
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 1
Biology Seminar 2
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 2
Directed Research 2
Directed Research- Honors 2
Total Units18
1

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

2

Students may take a maximum of 3 units total from BIOL 390, BIOL 391, BIOL 490, BIOL 497, and BIOL 498 for elective credit. 

Organismal Emphasis (additional upper-division courses)

Select 18 additional units of 300- or 400-level BIOL or BIOC 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
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): 210
Principles of Biochemistry 3
Biochemistry I 3
Biochemistry II 3
Ecology
Neurobiology
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Pre-health Seminar 2
Medical Missions Practicum 2
Science Internship
Molecular Biology
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 1
Biology Seminar 2
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 2
Directed Research 2
Directed Research- Honors 2
Total Units18
1

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

2

Students may take a maximum of 3 units total from BIOL 390, BIOL 391, BIOL 490, BIOL 497, and BIOL 498 for elective credit.

3

Students should take BIOC 360 if taking only one semester of biochemistry. For a two-semester sequence, BIOC 380 and BIOC 381 should be taken. Credit will not be given for both BIOC 360 and BIOC 380, nor for both BIOC 360 and BIOC 381.