Biology (BA/BS)

Course offerings in the Biology curriculum are designed to (1) provide pre-professional training for students planning careers in the biological sciences, dentistry, medicine, and other health sciences, (2) prepare students for teaching biology or science in the elementary or secondary school, and (3) provide the basic foundation for graduate study in biology.

Mission Statement

The Biology program at Dallas Baptist University is designed to produce knowledgeable individuals who have an understanding of the basic biological tenets of God's creation. The academic information is presented in a Christian context to enhance the students' ability to become responsible, caring citizens in society.

Goals of the Biology Major

The Biology program seeks to meet the following goals to provide courses with content appropriate for forming a strong foundation in biology:

  • To meet the needs of students who are preparing for vocations in the health field and environmental science.

  • To provide an adequate foundation for students intending to continue in graduate work in biology.

  • To meet the needs of those preparing for a teaching career with biology as a teaching field.

  • To provide skills needed by those students who elect biology as a major in order to prepare for employment in a biologically related field.

  • To graduate students from the program who are well prepared and who reflect the proficiencies of the field.

  • To enable students to make wise ethical and moral decisions concerning issues that affect humans and their environment.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

and/or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met 

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]

(BA)

Choose one:

MATH 1301* - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

*Students in pre-medical and pre-dental programs should not take MATH 1301.

(BS)

Choose one:

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS                                                                

59

42

Biology Major

44

44

BIOL 1405 - Modern Concepts in Biology I

BIOL 1406 - Modern Concepts in Biology II

BIOL 2405 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 2406 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 3404 - Genetics (S-L)

BIOL 4101 - Biology Seminar

In addition, the following courses are required:

CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I

CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry II

The student must take an additional 15 hours of biology of which 12 hours must be upper-level biology electives.

Electives

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

25

0

25

9

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

128

120

Required courses for pre-medical and pre-dental students majoring in biology:

BIOL 1405 - Modern Concepts in Biology I

BIOL 1406 - Modern Concepts in Biology II

BIOL 2405 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 2406 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 3401 - Biochemistry

BIOL 3404 - Genetics (S-L)

CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I

CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry II

CHEM 3402 - Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 3403 - Organic Chemistry II

MATH 1303 - College Algebra (or MATH 1307 or MATH 1405)

MATH 2301 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

PHYS 1401 - General Physics I

PHYS 1402 - General Physics II

Recommended courses for pre-medical and pre-dental students majoring in biology:

BIOL 2302 - Medical Terminology for Health Professions

BIOL 3403 - Vertebrate Embryology

BIOL 3406 - Pathophysiology

BIOL 3409 - Microbiology

BIOL 4401 - Vertebrate Physiology

BIOL 4403 - Histology

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

MINOR IN BIOLOGY

See information about the Biology minor here.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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