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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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 junior or senior standing. May be repeated for credit. See registrar's office current class schedules Web page for specific semester description.

Three hours lecture/discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week. An introduction to biological sciences. Covers ecological concepts, genetics, energetics, characterization of life and life forms with a focus on evolutionary adaptations of organisms to their environments. Includes an ecological and evolutionary survey of all biological kingdoms. This is an introductory course for science majors. NS

Six hours of lecture/lab/field work per week. Study of inland aquatic ecosystems. Consideration is given to physical and chemical features of lakes and streams and to major groups of aquatic organisms and their interactions with each other and the physical environment. Laboratory sessions emphasize field study of local lakes and streams. Offered fall of even numbered years. Prerequisites: C or higher in 251.

Three hours lecture per week. Basic biological concepts of cancer including: molecular biology of cancer, cancer metastasis, cancer and the immune system, cancer prevention, cancer detection and treatment, current cancer research.Offered spring semester of even numbered years. Prerequisite: C or higher in 250. BIOL-251 highly recommended.

Non-classroom experiences in the field of environmental studies. Placements are off-campus, may be full- or part-time, and with or without and 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 freshman or sophomore standing. Graded CR/NC.

3 hours lecture/three hours of lab per week. Students will be introduced to biotechnology, including the ethical, human, and economic impacts of these technologies. This course will cover basic concepts of genetic engineering and biotechnology, ethical concerns of new genetic technologies and public concerns. Topics to be discussed include: bioremediation, safety of genetically engineered food products, transgenic plants and animals, cloning, gene therapy, and genetic screening. The lab introduces students to basic procedures used in biotechnology.

Three hours of lecture/three hours of lab per week. This course will provide a broad, integrated overview of plant biology. The general areas covered are: (1) plant diversity, the basic biology and evolution of the major plant families (2) structure, function, and development from the cell-molecular level to the whole organism of vascular plants (3) ecology of plants including: adaptations to their environment, plant-animal interactions, and ethnobotany. Offered every other spring. Prerequisite: C or higher in BIOL 251.

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

Description

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