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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 Biology 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 and human anatomy, 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, national, and international conferences.

Tri-Beta

The Centenary chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society in Biology, is active and thriving. 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

BS BIOLOGY

UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS (40 CR)

CATEGORY I: CENTENARY UNIVERSITY FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE SEMINARS

AFC1001 ACAD. FOUND. CENT. I 4CR

CATEGORY II: WRITING (minimum of C-) AND MATHEMATICS

WRI1001 COMP & RHETORIC I –or-
WRI1002 COMP & RHETORIC II 4CR

*MTH1600 PRE-CALCULUS 4CR

CATEGORY III: ARTS, HUMANITIES & LITERATURE

ARTS 4CR

BIO4300 BIOETHICS 4CR

LITERATURE 4CR

CATEGORY IV: SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 4CR

CATEGORY V: LABORATORY SCIENCE

*PHY2001 PHYSICS I 4CR

CATEGORY VI: GLOBAL/DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP 8CR

BIOLOGY MAJOR (40 CR)

*BIO1150 GENERAL BIOLOGY I 4CR
BIO1160 GENERAL BIOLOGY II 4CR
*BIO2200 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4CR
BIO2210 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4CR
BIO2210 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4CR
BIO3100 GENETICS 4CR
BIO3200 COMP. VETEBRATE ANATOMY 4CR
BIO3210 ANIMAL PHYSIO. & BEHAV. 4CR
BIO3500 MICROBIOLOGY 4CR
BIO4000 ECOLOGY 4CR
BIO4100 BIOLOGY SEMINAR 4CR
BIO4300 BIOETHICS (CAT. III CORE) 4CR

RELATED MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (40CR)
*CHM1100 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4CR
*CHM1110 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4CR
*CHM2050 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4CR
*CHM2060 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 4CR
CHM4200 BIOCHEMISTRY 4CR
*MTH1501 STATISTICS I 4CR
MTH 1502 STATISTICS II 4CR
*MTH2151 CALCULUS I 4CR
PHY2002 PHYSICS II 4CR
WRI2000 INTENSIVE RESEARCH WRI. I 2CR
WRI2210 INTENSIVE RESEARCH WRI. II 2CR

TOTAL NUMBER OF CREDITS: 120
Notes:
1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 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. * Must earn C or better

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.