General Education Courses
As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree. General education courses are required regardless of your major.
All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Argumentative and Research Writing
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
- First Year Studies
Biology majors will take courses covering topics such as:
- Biological Principles
- Cell Biology
- Anatomy & Physiology
The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program is designed to appeal to students with a variety of career interests in biology. Through effective teaching, advising and scholarly activity, the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program prepares students to engage in scientific inquiry and pursue a career in our scientific and technological society.
In addition, the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program connects with other academic programs, including Nursing and Education. Pre-nursing majors learn fundamentals of science, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology that they will build into clinical skills as they transition into their professional studies. Secondary Education majors may select Biology as their content area for a double major (Secondary Ed/Biology) and take a prescribed curriculum in biology for teaching certification through the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program.
Graduates of the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program find a world of opportunities waiting for them. For many, their path is graduate school, so during their time in the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program they couple their biology major with another major or minor in the sciences, or engage in a pre-professional curriculum. Whether graduate school is in your future or not, the BS in Biology program offers outstanding theoretical and practical preparation for careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, allied health, research, environmental conservation and teaching – many of which are expected to see exceptional job growth.
A key benefit to studying biology through the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Biology program is the true liberal arts core we provide in our academic setting. At Marian, you’ll immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of biological principles, while at the same time enhancing your education with exploration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. You’ll see how these areas of inquiry interconnect in the real world. And you’ll see how they’re also impacted by things like social justice and service to a greater cause, which are pursuits that have always been a part of Marian’s founding mission.
Biology majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.50 in their biology coursework before graduation. Transfer students must complete one-half of their major and one-third of their minor credits at Marian University.