Biology Major

73-76 units

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, microbiological, molecular, neurobiological or organismal emphases.

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 track, 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

  • A student must complete all prerequisites for a BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description). 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the major must be maintained.
  • A student must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. 
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 23
Chemistry
CHEM 151General Chemistry I 1, 34
CHEM 152General Chemistry II4
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
MATH 165Calculus I 33
MATH 166Calculus II 33
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 courses (See below)18-19
Total Units73-76

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 4
Total Units18-19

Microbiological Emphasis (additional upper-division courses)

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

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

Molecular Emphasis (additional upper-division courses)

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

BIOL 410Molecular Biology4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Biochemistry I
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one additional 4-unit course): 110
Biochemistry II (credit will not be given for both BIOC 360 and BIOC 381)
Ecology 2
Neurobiology
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Pre-health Seminar 3
Medical Missions Practicum 3
Science Internship
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health 4
Biology Seminar 3
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 3
Directed Research 3
Directed Research- Honors 3
Total Units18

Neurobiological Emphasis (additional upper-division courses)

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

BIOL 326Neurobiology4
Select one of the following: 4
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Mammalian Physiology
Select 10 additional units from the following (must include at least one additional 4-unit course): 210
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Regional Human Anatomy
Mammalian Physiology
Pre-health Seminar 2
Medical Missions Practicum 2
Science Internship
Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology
Practicum and Topics in Allied Health
Biology Seminar 2
Advanced Topics in Biology
Readings 2
Directed Research 2
Directed Research- Honors 2
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
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