At Carthage, students can major in biology, minor in biology, or earn teaching licensure in biology. To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Carthage, students must complete the Carthage Core, Distribution Requirements, and the biology major requirements listed below. 

The biology curriculum at Carthage prepares students for graduate study and entry into medical, veterinary, dental, physical therapy, and other professional schools. In addition, graduates may pursue careers in secondary education, academic and industrial research, quality assurance, forensic science, and a variety of not-for-profit and governmental environmental and conservation areas.

Students seeking teaching licensure in biology are advised to meet with the Biology Department chair, an Education Department representative, and their advisor to ensure that all requirements for the appropriate state licensure are met.

Paleontology at Carthage

Core Courses (18 credits)
  • BIO 1110 Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (4 credits)
  • BIO 1120 Organisms, Populations, and Systems (4 credits)
  • BIO 2100 Reflections in Biology (2 credits)
  • BIO 2400 Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIO 4120 Senior Seminar in Biology (4 credits)
Electives — Take Five (20 credits)

Students will be required to take five upper-level (3000 or 4000) level courses, not including BIO 4120 (Senior Seminar). One of these upper-level courses must be taken from each of the three discipline areas of biology:

Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • BIO 3340 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3500 Advanced Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4300 Immunology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4310 Developmental Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4320 Recombinant DNA Technology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4400 Molecular Biology of Cancer (4 credits)

Organismal Biology

  • BIO 3050 Plant Physiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3300 Advanced Human Anatomical Systems (4 credits)
  • BIO 3310 Advanced Human Physiological Systems (4 credits)
  • BIO 3320 Entomology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4 credits)
  • BIO 3350 Parasitology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4350 Dinosaur Evolution and Extinction (4 credits)

Ecological Biology

  • BIO 3100 General Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3200 Aquatic Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3210 Animal Behavior (4 credits)
  • BIO 4200 Advanced Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3400 Conservation Science (4 credits)

The fourth and fifth upper-level biology courses may be taken from any of the three discipline areas, or from additional upper-level courses that do not fit into a discipline area, such as:

  • CHM 3010 Biochemistry
  • NEU 3950 Neuroscience II: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • BIO 4100 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • BIO 4900 Research in Biology
  • BIO 400T Topics in Biology
Chemistry Courses — Take All (16 credits)
  • CHM 1010 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 2070 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 2080 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)

**The following courses will not count for credit toward a biology major: BIO 1010, 1011, 1012, 1020, 1030, 1040, 2500, 2650, 2810, and 200T.

Core Courses (18 credits)
  • BIO 1110 Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (4 credits)
  • BIO 1120 Organisms, Populations, and Systems (4 credits)
  • BIO 2100 Reflections in Biology (2 credits)
  • BIO 2400 Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIO 4120 Senior Seminar in Biology (4 credits)
Biology Electives — Take Six (24 credits)

Students will be required to take six upper-level (3000 or 4000) courses, not including BIO 4120 (Senior Seminar). One of these upper-level courses must be a statistics-based course, such as BIO 4100. At least one of these upper-level courses must be taken from each of the three discipline areas of biology:

Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • BIO 3340 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3500 Advanced Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4300 Immunology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4310 Developmental Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4320 Recombinant DNA Technology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4400 Molecular Biology of Cancer (4 credits)

Organismal Biology

  • BIO 3050 Plant Physiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3300 Advanced Human Anatomical Systems (4 credits)
  • BIO 3310 Advanced Human Physiological Systems (4 credits)
  • BIO 3320 Entomology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3330 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4 credits)
  • BIO 3350 Parasitology (4 credits)
  • BIO 4350 Dinosaur Evolution and Extinction (4 credits)

Ecological Biology

  • BIO 3100 General Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3200 Aquatic Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3210 Animal Behavior (4 credits)
  • BIO 4200 Advanced Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 3400 Conservation Science (4 credits)
Science and Math Requirements (24 credits)
  • CHM 1010 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 1020 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 2070 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHM 2080 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • PHY 2100 Physics I OR PHY 2200 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • One of the following:
    • PHY 2110 Physics II (4 credits)
    • PHY 2210 General Physics II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2020 Differential Equations (4 credits)
    • MTH 2040 Linear Algebra (4 credits)
    • MTH 1120 Calculus 1 (4 credits)
    • CSC 1030 Data Science I (4 credits)
    • CSC 1100 Introduction to Computing (4 credits)
    • CHM 3020 Advanced Biochemistry (4 credits)

**The following courses will not count for credit toward a biology major: BIO 1010, 1011, 1012, 1020, 1030, 1040, 2500, 2650, 2810, and 200T.

A minor in biology consists of six courses in biology or five courses in biology plus CHM 3010. 200T courses also count towards the biology minor. Note: The Medical Terminology Topics course is excluded from the biology minor.

Students seeking teaching licensure in biology are advised to meet with the department chair of biology, a representative of the Education Department, and their advisor to ensure that all requirements for the appropriate state licensure are met. 

The Senior Thesis is developed in consultation with the department faculty in BIO 4120. Theses may include a scholarly manuscript of research performed or a detailed proposal for future research. Alternative projects may be approved by the faculty.

Honors in biology requires a 3.5 GPA in biology, an outstanding written and oral presentation of the Senior Thesis project to the public and a panel of Biology Department faculty, and a formal recommendation from the Biology Department.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.