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The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is segmented into 3 academic tracks to optimize student’s learning outcomes:

School
School of Arts and Sciences
Career
Chemical & Biochemical Industries, Forensic Science Laboratories, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Quality Control Laboratories, Physician Assistant (PA), Subsequent education and training in human or veterinary medicine

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE BIOLOGY

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is segmented into 3 academic tracks to optimize student’s learning outcomes:

Biochemical Analysis & Instrumentation (BAI) Track - prepares students for lab intensive careers that integrate biological and chemical concepts, instrumentation, and analysis, and to prepare students for graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) in multiple biological, chemical or biomedical disciplines.  Potential career paths could include chemical and biochemical industries, forensic science laboratories, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, or quality control laboratories.

Pre-professional Human Medicine (HMED) Track - prepares advanced students for subsequent education and training in human medicine, allowing for successful admission to osteopathy (M.D., D.O.), dentistry (D.D.S., D.M.D.), veterinary medicine (D.V.M.), and physician associate (M.M.S) programs worldwide.

3+2 Accelerated --allows highly qualified freshmen the opportunity for acceptance into Franciscan University's PA program after successfully mastering the initial 2.5 years of biology-human curriculum. These students will ultimately graduate with both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology-Human Medicine Track, in conjunction with a Master of Medial Science degree in Physician Assistant studies. The process for applying for placement in this track can be found in the University Catalog.

Total hours for Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Biochemical Analysis and Instrumentation Track (120 Credit Hours) Humanities electives may be taken from ART, ENGL, PHIL, RELS, ART, MUSI, or SPAN; 6 hours must be from the same discipline. Social Sciences electives may be taken from ANTH, PSYC, or SOCI courses.

Declaration of Major

A student may declare the biology degree with the desired track at any time, but must meet with a faculty advisor to help develop his/her individual degree plan. Requirements for acceptance into the program (except for 3+2 Accelerated) are the same as for acceptance to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of minimum semester hours and courses required for the specific degree track;
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on all college coursework, including all transfer courses (a grade of C or better in BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS courses);
  • Fulfillment of the residency requirement of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University for the baccalaureate degree (see Academic Policies section);
  • Fulfillment of University requirement to successfully complete two courses using service-learning (SL); and
  • Clearance of indebtedness to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University including the return of all materials borrowed from the University Library.

Enrollment

Students can be accepted into the program at the beginning of any term. Students may enroll on full-time or part-time basis. Both entering freshman and transfer students may begin the program.

Applications Procedure

Students should complete the regular online application (which can be found at Application Process) indicating Biology (and the track) as the selected program. Any questions related to the online application process should be addressed through the Admissions Office at 225-768-1700. There is no separate application process for a Biology Degree.  After completing 65 credit hours in the program, the student is required to complete a Declaration of Major form, which is obtained from the Registrar’s Office. The Biology Program Advisor must sign this form.

Tuition

See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form this may be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Transferability

See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Further information regarding transfer of credit can be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Credit for university level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination.

Requirements

A student must declare the Bachelor of Science in Biology program his/her major prior to completing the final 60 credit hours required for the degree. Applicants to the program must meet with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. All degree plans must be approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Requirements for acceptance into the program are the same as for acceptance to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Resources

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Document Title: BRCC Articulation - Biology (General Biology Concentration)Type: pdfFile Size: 1.25 MBDownload
Document Title: BRCC Articulation - Biology (Pre-professional Human Medicine Concentration)Type: pdfFile Size: 1.28 MBDownload