Biology

Biology Department   •  612-330-1077  •   hultquis@augsburg.edu

Biology Degree Requirements

Students may choose one of the following degree options: Bachelor of Arts in biology, Bachelor of Science in biology, or Bachelor of Arts in life sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

The total number of required courses in the department is nine courses. There are additional required supporting courses that must be taken in other disciplines.

BIO 151 – Introductory Biology
BIO 152 – Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity
BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
BIO 255 – Genetics
BIO 361 – Plant Biology
or BIO 481 – Ecology
MAT 114 – Precalculus
or MAT 145 – Calculus I
or MAT 163 – Introductory Statistics
or MAT 248 – Biostatistics
or PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
PHY 116 – Introduction to Physics
or PHY 121, 122 – General Physics I, II
BIO 490 – Biology Keystone
or SCI 490 – Integrated Science
or HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar
or another keystone with departmental approval

Four electives from the following:

BIO 351 – Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 353 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 369 – Biochemistry
BIO 471 – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 473 – Animal Physiology
BIO 474 – Developmental Biology
BIO 475 – Neurobiology
BIO 476 – Microbiology
BIO 486 – Immunology
BIO 495 – Special Topics in Biology
PHY 317 – Biophysics

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The total number of required courses in the department is nine courses. There are additional required supporting courses that must be taken in other disciplines.

BIO 151 – Introductory Biology
BIO 152 – Evolution, Ecology and Diversity
BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
BIO 255 – Genetics
BIO361 – Plant Biology
or BIO 481 – Ecology
CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
CHM 351 – Organic Chemistry I
CHM 352 – Organic Chemistry II
PHY 121 – General Physics I
PHY 122 – General Physics II
MAT 145 – Calculus I
MAT 146 – Calculus II
BIO 490 – Biology Keystone
or SCI 490 – Integrated Science
or HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar
or another keystone with departmental approval

Four electives from the following:

BIO 351 – Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 353 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 361 – Plant Biology
BIO 369 – Biochemistry
BIO 471 – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 473 – Animal Physiology
BIO 474 – Developmental Biology
BIO 475 – Neurobiology
BIO 476 – Microbiology
BIO 481 – Ecology
BIO 486 – Immunology
BIO 495 – Special Topics in Biology
PHY 317 – Biophysics

General Education Accommodation

BS biology majors may reduce their general education program by one or two courses. See Bachelor of Science/Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) Waiver in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Life Sciences

This major is appropriate for students also seeking secondary teaching licensure in biology.

BIO 151 – Introductory Biology
BIO 152 – Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity
BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
BIO 255 – Genetics
BIO 361 – Plant Biology
or BIO 481 – Ecology
MAT 114 – Precalculus
or MAT 145 – Calculus I
or MAT 163 – Introductory Statistics
or MAT 248 – Biostatistics
or PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
CHM 115 – General Chemistry I
CHM 116 – General Chemistry II
PHY 116 – Introduction to Physics
or PHY 121, 122 – General Physics I, II
BIO 490 – Biology Keystone
or SCI 490 – Integrated Science
or HON 490 – Honors Senior Seminar
or another keystone with departmental approval

Two science courses from the following:
PHY 101 – Astronomy
SCI 106 – Introductory Meteorology
An introductory geology course

Three electives from the following:

BIO 351 – Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 353 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIO 369 – Biochemistry
BIO 471 – Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIO 473 – Animal Physiology
BIO 474 – Developmental Biology
BIO 475 – Neurobiology
BIO 476 – Microbiology
BIO 486 – Immunology
BIO 495 – Special Topics in Biology
PHY 317 – Biophysics

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Speaking (S) is met by completing COM 115 (preferred) or COM 111 or HON 130.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of  these skills.

Transfer course policy for majors and minors

All transfer courses, including ACTC courses, must be approved in writing by the department, subject to review by the chair. Only those biology courses successfully completed (2.0 or above) within the last 10 years will be considered. At least four upper division electives must be completed in residence (at Augsburg College).

Custom Biology Programs

Students who have completed BIO 151, 152, 253, 255 and at least one upper division elective may, in consultation with their advisor, seek approval from the department to complete major requirements with as many as four upper division courses from other institutions.

Departmental Honors

A GPA of 3.5 in biology and 3.0 overall is required. Additionally, students must successfully complete one of the following: a) one course of approved independent study (BIO 499), b) a research internship combined with BIO 497, or c) participation in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program. BIO 497 and BIO 499 projects should be submitted to the department for approval by Sept. 30 of the senior year or Feb. 28 in the case of students planning to graduate in the following December. BIO 497 and BIO 499 projects must include public presentation and a written report approved by the department.

Minor

A course sequence in general chemistry and five biology courses including BIO 151, 152, and three additional BIO courses (200 level or above). The majority of courses in biology must be taken at Augsburg College.

Other Requirements

In planning their courses of study, students are encouraged to work closely with members of the biology faculty. Biology majors must have an advisor in the biology department. In order to complete all major requirements in four years, BIO 151 and 152 and General Chemistry should be taken in the first year, and BIO 253, BIO 255 and Organic Chemistry (when appropriate) in the second year. Students should complete their math requirements early in their college careers.

Students must earn a minimum grade of 1.0 and an average grade of 2.0 in BIO 151 and 152. A grade of 2.0 or above is required for all supporting courses and biology courses (200 level and above) applied to the major. All biology courses toward the major must be traditionally graded. A GPA of 2.5 in upper division biology courses is required for the life sciences major.

Biology for Health Sciences

Prerequisite requirements for health sciences vary with the program and the institution. Care should be taken to study the requirements for every program well in advance of making application. In general, the pre-medical curriculum includes a year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus and physics. Courses in biochemistry, statistics, advanced biology, and social and behavioral sciences are also important preparation for the MR5 Medical College Admissions Exam. Programs in physician assistant training, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, and such typically have a more extensive list of prerequisites. Students considering a post-baccalaureate program in these areas should consult early and often with health science advisors Dixie Shafer, Dale Pederson, and Kelsey Richardson-Blackwell.

Graduate Training in Biology

Graduate programs in biological fields typically require two semesters of general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and physics. Also required is extensive involvement in research through Augsburg Experience, internships, and/or independent study. Careful consultation with a biology advisor is recommended to select among coursework and research options.

Teaching Licensure Major

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for biology teachers, the science portions of which are satisfied by the Augsburg life sciences major. The state requirements may be subject to change after publication of this catalog. Students therefore should consult with the Augsburg Department of Education to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements. All upper division biology requirements for secondary licensure must be completed before beginning student teaching.

Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Licensure

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree elsewhere and seek life science teaching licensure at Augsburg are required to complete a minimum of two upper division biology courses at Augsburg with grades of 2.5 or higher.
Required or elective courses are determined by the department following review of transcripts and prior to matriculation.

Beta Beta Beta

Membership in the Augsburg chapter of this national biology honor society is open to students who have completed at least one upper division biology course and have a GPA of 3.0 in biology.

Cooperative Education and Service-Learning

The department works with the Strommen Career and Internship Center in identifying and defining cooperative education experiences in laboratories and other settings in the Twin Cities.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.