Biology majors may focus their studies on one of the following areas: cell and molecular biology, ecology/environmental science, bio-medical (for pre-professional students), zoology, bio-education (for students interested in middle and secondary education), or general biology (a personalized program for students with unique interests).
Biology majors have pursued careers in such fields as teaching, wildlife conservation, environmental management, environmental consulting, biotechnology industry, research laboratories, laboratory management, environmental education, forensics, public health, allied health fields, museum/aquarium work and graduate school, as well as medicine, dentistry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and optometry.
I’ve had wonderful experiences in AIC’s Biology department. My professors have helped me with everything from strengthening my writing to improving my skills in laboratory and lecture settings. Their support and dedication has given me the confidence to pursue a career in the medical field after I graduate.
You’ll work closely with faculty to develop a solid background in the core principles of the field, become familiar with the process of scientific inquiry, and strengthen your ability to communicate scientific findings.
The major provides a broad study of scientific knowledge, teaching you to ask questions, assess evidence, and think critically to solve problems—skills needed in any number of fields related to biology.
As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared to work in research/laboratory biology and laboratory management, industries such as biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceutical and environmental management.
And one of the following courses:
All biology majors must also complete the required core in allied fields
Additionally, all biology majors must complete two of the following courses:
By appropriate selection of electives, students may focus their studies following areas:
A comparative study of the classes of vertebrates, this course emphasizes the evolution of morphological characteristics. One three-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.
This is an introductory course in botany and includes study of algal, fungal, and plant diversity, as well as plant physiology. Laboratory sessions investigate taxonomic diversity, anatomy and physiology, and experiments in plant growth and reproduction. One three-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee, and one required field trip.
The student will study the biology of representative microorganisms and viruses with emphasis on prokaryotic structure, metabolism, genetics, and diversity. Food microbiology is also covered. The laboratory focuses on the diversity and identification of bacteria. One 3-1/2 hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.
This course covers the fundamental concepts of how organisms interact with each other and with their environment. There is use of taxonomy and practice in finding key characteristics of organisms to focus on keying and identifying organisms in the lab and in the field. Also, quantitative analysis of data is performed regarding basic ecological concepts in the lab, in the field, and through the use of software. One three-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee and three field trips per semester.
This course covers the principles of genetics from Mendel to modern genetic techniques used in biotechnology. One three-hour laboratory period per week with laboratory fee.
Mechanisms of variation and adaptation in individuals and populations will be examined, with emphasis on historical and current concepts of speciation and systematics.
The student will present seminars on current topics of biological research. Oral presentation techniques will be emphasized and a term paper is required.
This course presents fundamental principles of chemistry, including a study of atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, and the states of matter. It is an introductory course for science majors, and is the course required for admission to medical school. It may also be used to satisfy the college’s general requirement in science. Co-enrollment in CHE211R (review) is required.
A continuation of CHE1600, this course includes a study of chemical kinetics, acids and bases, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and the chemistry of aqueous solutions. Co-enrollment in CHE212R (review) is required
This course is an integrated study of the bonding and structure of organic compounds, with emphasis on reactions, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis, with an introduction to organic spectroscopy.
This course is a continuation of CHE2400.
This course is an in-depth survey of algebraic and geometric problem solving techniques, including solutions of polynomial equations and inequalities, curve sketching techniques, and trigonometry from the triangular and functional standpoint. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of both a graphing calculator and computer software.
This course discusses limits, continuity, derivatives, maximum and minimum problems, related rates, and Mean Value Theorem. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of a graphing calculator and computer software.
This course includes the study of integration, applications of the definite integral, transcendental functions, and methods of integration. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of a graphing calculator.
This course presents the principles of statistics as applied to the analysis of biological and health data. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics, and regression analysis. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of computer software.
This course is a survey of microcomputers as used in today’s environment. The student will become familiar with current trends and uses of microcomputers as well as hands-on exposure to spreadsheets, databases, word processors, and operating systems. Students will be required to develop applications in each of the software areas.
This is a basic course that covers the fundamental principles of mechanics, vibration, and thermodynamics. Newton’s laws of motion will be applied to a broad range of practical problems involving real phenomena. The laws of thermodynamics will be utilized to study thermal processes and properties. Students will learn to develop working equations from basic concepts in order to solve problems. The course is taught without calculus.
This is a continuation of PHY1600 covering the fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. The course is taught without calculus.
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