May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BS

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The Biology major acquaints students with information and methods used in a variety of biological areas, as well as selected areas of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. The Biology B.S. degree is designed for students who are interested in continuing their studies in graduate, medical, dental or other professional schools and requires both undergraduate research and physics. The B.A. graduate should be prepared to seek a variety of scientific and health-related employment opportunities. In addition, Biology in conjunction with other academic programs, offers a dual-degree program in Pre-Forestry and Pre-Environmental Management.


Students majoring in Biology judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, pursue honors work in Biology. To graduate ”With Honors in Biology,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum major GPA of 3.2. They must complete BIO 390  and BIO 391  in the junior year and Biology 490 and 491 in the senior year with a minimum grade of ”B” in each course. In addition, they must present the research at a seminar before the Biology faculty. BIO 390 , BIO 391 , 490, and 491 may count for BIO 400  and 4hrs of general elective for the B.S. degree.

Core Curriculum Requirements (55-62 Hours)

The Core Curriculum 

Major Requirements (37 Hours)


NOTE: BIO 281  & BIO 282  may count as four hours of Biology credit if BOTH courses are satisfactorily completed.

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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