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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Advanced non-classroom experiences in the field of biopsychology. Placements are off-campus, and may be full- or part-time, and with or without pay. Credit for experiences must be sought prior to occurance, and learning contracts must be submitted before the end of the first week of the semester. See the experiential learning: internship section of this catalog for more details. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher. Graded CR/NC.

Three hours lecture/discussion per week Exercise physiology is an evaluation of the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the body to the stresses of exercise. This course will provide a broad introduction to exercise physiology. Topics covered will include cellular energy metabolism, pulmonary and cardiovascular responses to exercise, muscle physiology, training, nutrition, body composition, and exercise testing. Prerequisites: grade of C or higher in BIOL 114 or 160.

Designed for new students intending a course of study in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biopsychology, environmental biology, sports science and leadership, and/or one of the health science pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, or pre-pharmacy. The emphasis will be on development of effective learning skills based on learning preferences.

Three hours lecture per week. Travel to one of the world's tropical regions to experience and study tropical ecosystems firsthand. This course will introduce you to the major ecological processes, the principal flora and fauna and their evolutionary adaptations, and diverse ecosystems that constitute major tropical regions of the world. Additionally, the complex issues surrounding the conservation of biodiversity in these areas will be examined and discussed. The course is divided into two parts.

Classroom experience in biology in grades 4-8. Students will design a Teacher Work Sample and teach a unit in life science, including laboratory activities, under the supervision of a teacher in a local school. Prerequisites: EDUC 323, 12 credits of science courses.

This one credit course serves as a capstone for the biopsychology major. In this course students will complete a portfolio that documents their progress, projects, and future goals relative to biopsychology. Ethical issues in the field of biopsychology will be discussed. In addition, students will also deliver a presentation to faculty and peers focusing on a specific topic that demonstrates proficiency in an area of biopsychology. Students will also discuss their future career plans and outline the steps required to achieve these goals. Prerequisite: 489. Restricted to biopsychology majors.

Four hours lecture/discussion per week The course provides an overview of musculoskeletal anatomy, the mechanical properties and structural behavior of biological tissues, and biodynamics. Specific course topics will include structure and function relationships in tissues and organs; application of stress and strain analysis to biological tissues; analysis of forces in human function and movement; energy and power in human activity; introduction to modeling viscoelasticity of tissues. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in BIOL 104, PHYS 250, 270.

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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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