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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

Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I (Cat. I Core) | (4)
  • BIO 1150 | General Biology I | (4)
  • MTH 1501 | Statistics I | (4)
  • MTH 1600 | Pre-Calculus (Cat. II Core) | (4)
  • BIO 1160 | General Biology II | (4)
  • WRI 1001/2 | Composition and Rhetoric (Cat. II Core) | (4)
  • MTH 1502 | Statistics II | (4)
  • MTH 2151 | Calculus I | (4)
  • BIO 2200 | Anatomy & Physiology I | (4)
  • CHM 1100 | General Chemistry I | (4)
  • CAT. III | Art and Humanities: Fine Arts | (4)
  • PHY 2001 | Physics I (Cat. V Core) | (4)
  • WRI 2200 | Intensive Research Writing I | (2)
  • BIO 2210 | Anatomy & Physiology II | (4)
  • CHM 1110 | General Chemistry II | (4)
  • PHY 2002 | Physics II | (4)
  • WRI 2210 | Intensive Research Writing II | (2)
  • BIO 3200 | Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy | (4)
  • BIO 3100 | Genetics | (4)
  • CHM 2050 | Organic Chemistry I | (4)
  • CAT VI | Global Citizenship | (4)
  • BIO 3210 | Animal Physiology and Behavior | (4)
  • BIO 3500 | Microbiology | (4)
  • CHM 2060 | Organic Chemistry II | (4)
  • CAT IV | Social and Behavioral Sciences | (4)
  • BIO 4000 | Ecology| (4)
  • CHM 4200 | Biochemistry | (4)
  • CAT VI | Democratic Citizenship | (4)
  • BIO 4300 | Bioethics (CAT III Rel; Phil; World His.) | (4)
  • BIO 4100 | Biology Seminar | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)

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 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
4. Graduates must have a minimum of an overall 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.

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.