Biological Sciences

Understand the complexities of cells and organisms and how the ecosystem operates

 

Biological sciences degree can lead to immediate employment upon graduation, but it also prepares graduates for advanced studies in research and health related fields

Program Highlights:

  • Student research opportunities 
    • Includes guaranteed research opportunities where students work one-on-one with faculty mentors designing and conducting a capstone research project
  • Natural science clubs 
    • National Biological Honor Society- Omega Psi Chapter
    • DNA Club
    • Pre-Health Club 
  • Internships available with health care providers, government, nonprofit, and industry 
  • Active, hands-on (problem based) learning as opposed to the traditional lecture format
  • Career advising and strong, personal faculty advising
  • State-of-the-art facilities 

Career Examples:

  • Dentist
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ecologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Research and development scientist
  • Research technician

Program Information

Biology is the study of life and the study of life is relevant to our everyday existence. From the trillions of cells in the human body to the complex and interconnectedness of all living things on the planet, the scope of what can be learned from the study of biology is truly amazing.

A major in biology at Viterbo provides students with a breadth of knowledge within the biological sciences (cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolution) as well as the opportunity to gain a greater depth of knowledge in specialized areas of interest. 

Biology (B.A.)

Biology is the study of life and the study of life is relevant to our everyday existence.  A major in biology at Viterbo provides students with a breadth of knowledge within the biological sciences (cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolution) as well as the opportunity to gain a greater depth of knowledge in specialized areas of interest. 

Biopsychology (B.S.)

Biopsychology, also known as behavioral neuroscience, is the science devoted to studying the relationships between the brain and behavior. This field of study combines a biological perspective of nervous system structure and function with a psychological perspective of actions, thoughts, and emotions. At Viterbo, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate a wide range of both human and animal behaviors. Through coursework, internships, and mentored research, Viterbo biopsychology majors leave graduation prepared for careers and/or graduate study in various sciences and health-related fields.

Biochemistry Major (B.S.)

Biochemistry, the study of chemical processes that take place in living organisms, is a broad field of study that allows for students to pursue many different career options. Job opportunities for biochemistry majors are rapidly increasing, making it a marketable degree, especially in the biotechnology field.  Viterbo’s biochemistry program offers students an interdisciplinary major between the fields of biology and chemistry. Students are led through a scaffolded curriculum that requires students to think critically, independently, and creatively.

Biology Minor

All students pursuing the B.B.A. degree must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in the major requirement courses, and students must receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or higher in each of these courses

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Independent reading and/or research under the guidance of a biology faculty member. Refer to the academic policy section for independent study policy. Independent study contract is required. May be repeated for credit.

Three hours lecture/three hours lab per week. This course is designed for biology majors and will include an overview of bacterial, viral, fungal, and protozoal structure and function as well as microbial physiology and ecology. Laboratory exercises will include isolation of microbes and current molecular techniques used in state-of the-art microbiology laboratory settings. Offered spring of odd numbered years. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in 250; 251 highly recommended.

Fundamental Neuroscience explores central concepts of neural structure and function with an emphasis on how mammalian nervous systems receive, process, and output information Content coverage includes neurophysiology, synaptic communication, brain development, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and more. Concepts are related to normal and abnormal human behavior. Prerequisites: four credits of BIOL numbered 200 or higher, four credits of CHEM. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher. (Equivalent to BIOL 353.)

Courses on topics of interest to sport science and leadership students offered on the basis of need, interest, or timeliness. Prerequisites as determined by the instructor. Restricted to students with freshman or sophomore standing. May be repeated for credit. See registrar's office current class schedules Web page for specific semester description.

Five hours lecture/lab each week Exploration of broad themes in the natural sciences through a biological perspective. This course is intended for elementary education majors and emphasizes how the concepts introduced in the course can be incorporated into the classroom. Major concepts addressed include ecosystems, evolution, characterization of life and life forms, overview of human systems, cell biology, and the scientific process. This course will not be applied to a biology major or minor. Offered every spring. NS

Five hours of lecture/lab per week. Characteristics of the eukaryotic, and prokaryotic forms; cultivation of common microorganisms; principles of microbial control and chemotherapy; introduction of host-parasite relations including the immune response; microorganisms of medical importance to humankind. Prerequisites: grade of C or higher in 114; four credits of CHEM. NS

Three hours lecture per week. Computational methods for study of biological sequence in data comparative biology and evolution. Analysis of genome content and organization. Techniques for searching sequence databases, pairwise and miltiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic methods, and methods for pattern recognition and functional inference from sequence date. Offered fall of odd numbered years. Prerequisite: C or better in 250; 251 highly recommended.

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non-traditional Viterbo MBA student with full-time post-collegiate work experience

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The recipient(s) of this scholarship shall be a non-traditional Viterbo MBA student with full-time post-collegiate work experience. 
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