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Program Description

The natural world is yours to discover. Begin here.

Centenary University’s Biology program will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of biology while you also explore a wide variety of interests within the natural sciences. Our degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with a concentration in Forensic Science

Our Biology program provides a well-rounded education in both the liberal arts and sciences. Students take core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, animal biology, ecology, microbiology and calculus and advance to higher-level classes in areas including genetics and biochemistry.

The Forensic Science concentration blends Biology with courses in Criminal Justice to prepare you for a career as a scientist in a crime lab.

A Focus On Research

Our Biology students also have many opportunities to participate in scientific research, including working right alongside a primary investigator in an academic or professional organization. Students engaged in research are encouraged and supported in their efforts to present their findings at regional and international conferences.

Tri-Beta

The Centenary chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society in Biology, is active and thriving. Students in Tribeta have spearheaded community efforts such as the annual regional Earth Day science fair for K-8 students. Read about our Tri Beta Program here

The Next Level

As a Centenary Biology major, you can fulfill all of the requirements for graduate studies in various fields of biology, as well as for veterinary school, medical school and dental school. Our graduates easily transition directly into careers in business, health care and research. Through Centenary’s teacher preparation program, you can also become certified to teach biology in New Jersey.

In addition to our strong academic program, you will be ready for what lies ahead by participating in internships in industries including pharmaceuticals, environmental science and medical science. These internships are matched with students’ interests and often result in employment opportunities after graduation.

Courses

Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • BIO 1150 | General Biology I (Major) | (4)
  • AFC1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary (Cat. I) | (4)
  • WRI1002 | Comp & Rhetoric II (Cat. II) | (4)
  • MTH1180 | Algebraic Modeling (Cat. II) | (4)
  • BIO1160 | General Biology II (Major) BIO 1150 | (4)
  • ART1001 or MUS1001 or THA1001 | (Cat. III) | (4)
  • SOC2004 | School, Family, & Community (Cat. IV) | (4)
  • EDU2000 | Foundations of Education | (4)
  • HIS2001 | American Civilization I | (4)
  • BIO2200 | Anatomy and Physiology I (Major) | (4)
  • CHM1100 | General Chemistry I (Major Related) | (4)
  • MTH1501 | Statistics I (Major Related) | (4)
  • EDU2003 | Foundations of Education: Teaching K-6 | (4)
  • PSC1500 | Physical Science (Cat. IV) | (4)
  • BIO2210 | Anatomy and Physiology II (Major) | (4)
  • CHM1110 | General Chemistry II (Major Related) | (4)
  • EDP2001 | Preschool and School Age Development | (4)
  • EDP3013 | Psych of High and Low | (4)
  • Category III | Literature | (4)
  • BIO3200 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (Major) Junior/Senior Standing | (4)
  • BIO3500 | Microbiology (Major) | (4)
  • EDU3038 | Classroom Management | (4)
  • EDU3052 | Elementary Teaching Methods | (4)
  • EDU3031 | Special Education: Learner’s Perspective | (4)
  • CHM2050 | Organic Chemistry I (Major Related) | (4)
  • BIO3100 | Genetics (Major) MTH 1501 | (4)
  • BIO3210 | Animal Physiology and Behavior (Major) Junior/Senior Standing | (4)
  • BIO4300 | Bioethics (Major & Cat. III) | (4)
  • CHM2060 | Organic Chemistry II (Major Related) | (4)
  • EDU3053 | Foundations of Literacy | (4)
  • EDU30xx | Social Studies Methods | (2)
  • BIO1110 | Environmental Science (Major & Cat. VI) | (4)
  • BIO4000 | Ecology (Major) | (4)
  • EDU3080 | Clinical Experience: Practicum | (4)
  • EDU3034 | Special Education: Materials & Methods | (4)
  • EDU3000 | Assistive Technology | (1)
  • EDU3033 | Special Education: Language Development | (4)
  • EDU4024 | Applications in Literacy | (2)
  • EDU4050 | Clinical Internship: Student Teaching | (10)

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS: 155

Notes:
1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 155 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. New Jersey requires that candidates for certification achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
4. Graduates must have a minimum of an overall 3.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Please continue seeing your advisor for advisement as requirements may change due to changes in NJDOE code and regulations.

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.