Biology (BIO)

Professor Waltzer, Chair
Associate Professor Brandon
Assistant Professor Neiswinger

The department of biology at Belhaven University seeks to encourage students to develop an appreciation for the created world, to make an impact academically, and to use their knowledge in service to society. Students are expected to develop a broad background in biological science as preparation for teaching, graduate school, and the health-related professions, government, and industry.

The department offers a major in the Biological Sciences and three additional concentrations in 1) Cellular and Molecular Sciences; 2) Ecological Sciences; and 3) Human Physiology.

The core requirements for the major (18 hours) include:
(1) BIO 105-106, 107-108
(2) BIO 342 and 343
(3) BIO 375 and 377, or BIO 376 and 378
(4) BIO 400, 401

Biological Sciences Major: 32-34 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework:

Four advanced courses 200 level or above (not including BIO 230, 231, 265)

Biological Sciences Major Concentrations:

Cellular and Molecular Sciences: 37-38 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework:

BIO 375. 376, 377 and 378, BIO 333 and 334 or 410, BIO 336 and 337 or BIO 379 and 380, and two of the following, BIO 324 and 325, CHE 415 and 417 or CHE 416 and 418.

Ecological Sciences: 38 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework:

BIO 211, 212, 310, 311, 350, 351, 336 and 337 or 379 and 380, and 382 and 383

Human Physiology : 37-38 hours of Biology to include the core and the following additional coursework (BIO 230 does not count for majors credit, but is a prerequisite for SME 380. SME 380 and 420 count for majors credit in Biology in this concentration): BIO 324, 325; 336 and 337 or BIO 379 and 380 or BIO 410; 333 and 334; SME 380, 381 and 420, 421 (SME 380 requires BIO 230 and 320 as prerequisites) (BIO 231 and 265 recommended)

In addition to the core requirements, a biology major must take CHE 111-112, 113-114 and CHE 215 and 217; and a statistics course; either BUS 305, PSY 303, MAT 200 or MAT 305. Recommended for students majoring in Biology: PHY 241-242, 243-244; and CHE 216 and 218. Biology majors are required to take one semester of non-majors science: either BIO 125 or PHY 125. Students who enter having taken algebra and with an ACT 25 in the sciences may take BIO 105-106, 107-108 concurrently with CHE 111-112, 113-114.

In order to obtain a degree in Biology (or a minor in biology) from Belhaven University, a student must take a minimum of 16 hours in Biology from Belhaven University. In order to declare a major in Biology, a student must have completed eight hours in Biology at Belhaven University. For recommendations for professional, graduate school or jobs, see instructions given under “Pre-Professional Programs.” Within the Biology major, anatomy and physiology and nutrition will count only as elective credit.

All rising juniors must take the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Biology. The test should be taken after completion of a minimum of 12 hours in biology at a time during the spring semester to be selected by the department chairman. The test will be used to aid in the advising and course selection process of the student. This test must be retaken during the senior topics course as part of the course grade.

Students will be required to have completed one semester of internship or research or mentoring to gain real-world experience. This may or may not involve course credit and may be fulfilled a number of ways; i.e. Health Careers Development Program; undergraduate research; internships at Voice of Calvary or Museum of Natural Science; Summer research programs; research at UMMC. Students may work with the chairman beginning as early as the end of their freshman year.

Biology Minor: 22 hours to include BIO 105-106; 107-108; 400; 401; and any three upper-level courses in biology.

Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Minor (Alternate Minor): This minor is designed to provide the prerequisite courses for any student who will complete a degree in any major and who would like to have the option to enter the “Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program” at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The required courses (17 hours) are as follows: BIO 230, 231, 265, PSY 240, 241, 303.

Honors Program: The Biology Department offers opportunities to enroll in honors courses from its department. The following are general education, elective, and major courses that may be taken as honors courses: BIO 105-106, 320, 336, 342, 370, 371, 382 and 411-412. For students majoring in this department, a student must pass a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors programs of other departments. The student must take BIO 411-412 during the junior or senior year. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 21 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see “Honors Program” under the “Administration of the Curriculum” section of the catalogue. Upon enrolling in the university honors program, the honors student must meet with the Department Chairman to determine a plan to complete the honors requirements for biology. For specific honors courses, the designation must be made during the registration.

Pre-Professional Programs:

The Biology Department advises students for a number of programs in the health-related professions: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. These programs and the prerequisite requirements are listed in the current catalogue at

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ACC - Accounting
ART - Art
BHA - Health Administration
BIB - Biblical Studies
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CAS - Child Advocacy Studies
CES - Classical Education Studies
CHE - Chemistry
CJU - Criminal Justice
COM - Communication
COS - Council Studies
CSC - Computer Science
CWR - Creative Writing
DAN - Dance
DMA - Digital Media
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - English Language Teaching
ENG - English
ESL - English as Second Lang
FAM - Family Studies
FLM - Film Production
FRE - French
GDS - Graphic Design
GER - German
GRE - Greek
HIS - History
HNS - Honors
HPE - Health and Physical Ed
HUM - Humanities
ICS - Intercultural Studies
IDS-Interdisciplinary Studies
IST - International Studies
LDC - Leadership & Coaching
LDS - Leadership Studies
MAT - Mathematics
MML- Ministry Leadership
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
PHI - Philosophy
PHY - Physics
PSC - Political Science
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SAM - Sports Administration
SMA - Sports Management
SME - Sports Medicine
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish
SPC - Speech Communication
SPE - Speech
SWK - Social Work
TDS - Tradigital Studies
Teaching English as a Second Language TESL
THE - Theatre
WVC - Worldview Curriculum
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