Biology Major Program of Study

Students should seek advising information from Professors Bear, Gardner, Kreiser, or Panse at the time that they declare their major. These conversations will help insure that they are making the appropriate course choices. Students should pay close attention to the alternation of courses as described in the College catalog, as it will affect the progress of their major over their four years at Pine Manor College.

All Biology majors take the Core courses, and then select 4 additional courses from the list of electives: 2 each from the 200 and 300 level. All courses except those in microbiology and Marine/Environmental Studies emphasize the structure and function of mammalian cells and the human organism.

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses

(* denotes the course has a laboratory component)

  • BI 101 Principles of Biology*
  • BI 103 Cell Biology*
  • BI 205 Anatomy and Physiology I*
  • BI 206 Anatomy and Physiology II*
  • BI 289 Biostatistics
  • BI 375 Principles of Genetics and Molecular Biology*
  • BI 490 Senior Seminar
  • BI 495 Senior Internship
  • CH 110 Principles of Chemistry I*
  • CH 120 Principles of Chemistry II*
  • CH 200 Organic Chemistry I*
  • CH 301 Biochemistry of Macromolecules*

200 Level Electives: two from the following:

(All courses, with the exception of AN 220, fulfill the college’s Group III requirement for the B.A.)

  • Bi202 Evolution and Biodiversity
  • BI 212 Environmental Issues: Global Problems, Local Solutions
  • BI 215 New England Coastal Marine Ecology (Summer)
  • BI 225 Nutrition
  • BI 240 The Biology of Women
  • BI 250 The Biology of HIV and AIDS
  • BI 280 Ethical Issues in Science and Technology: America’s Moral Dilemmas.
  • AN 220 Culture, Health and Healing, (Group II)
Marine Studies Consortium courses:
  • BI 292 Introduction to Marine Mammals
  • BI 294 Marine Biology

300 Level Electives: two from the following:

  • BI 301 Advanced Cell Biology: Current Topics
  • BI 330 Microbiology and Human Infectious Disease*
  • BI 345 Psychopharmacology—Drugs and Behavior
  • BI 360 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • BI 380 Pathophysiology


Marine Studies Consortium courses:

  • BI 391 Biology of Whales
  • BI 394 Coastal Zone Management
  • BI 395 Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology, Restoration

Biotechnology Certificate courses:
Students may take from 1 to 4 biotechnology courses at the Metropolitan College of Boston University. A maximum of two of these courses may substitute for the 200 level electives required for the Biology major at Pine Manor. A student wishing to earn the Biotechnology Certificate must complete all four courses below:

First:

  • Bi210: Introduction to Biomedical Laboratory Science*

Then:

  • Bi213: Techniques in Molecular Biology*
  • BI211: Protein Purification and Analysis*
  • BI254: Mammalian Cell Culture Technique*

Additional Recommended Courses:

  • CH 201 Organic Chemistry II is a continuation of Organic Chemistry I and is required for students who wish to apply to professional schools. It is recommended for all students as it provides a strong foundation for biochemistry study. It may be offered on an alternate year basis as need arises.

  • CHC 100 Introduction to Community Health and CHC 200 Healthcare Policy are also valuable to the student of biology interested in health care.

A.S. Concentration in Biology

The Biology concentration focuses on the study of living organisms and the nature of biological processes.
Course of study for the A.S.:

  • BI 101 Principles of Biology
  • BI 202 Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Any four of the following:
  • BI 205 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI 206 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BI 294 Marine Biology
  • BI 330 Microbiology and Human Infectious Disease
  • BI 345 Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Behavior
  • BI 375 Human Genetics

A.S. Concentration in Health Sciences

The Health Sciences concentration lays a foundation for further study at a college or a hospital in fields such as nursing, respiratory therapy, radiological technology, or cytotechnology.

Course of study for the A.S.:

  • BI 101 Principles of Biology
  • BI 202 Evolution and Biodiversity
  • CH 110 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CH 120 Principles of Chemistry II

or

  • BI 205 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI 206 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Two Biology electives; one elective can be an internship at a cooperating hospital or other appropriate site.

Minor Requirements

  • BI 101 Principles of Biology
  • BI 202 Evolution and Biodiversity
  • BI 205 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI 206 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Two additional courses in Biology at the 200 or 300 level.

An exploratory internship is recommended to expand opportunities for hands-on experience.

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary Preparation

Students interested in clinical careers in the medical, veterinary, or dental professions are strongly urged to declare their major in Biology as soon as possible. The courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics support most postgraduate programs; however, institutions and programs vary in their admissions requirements.