A Biology degree can provide the educational foundation for a wide range of professional fields, including science and healthcare. The Bachelor of Science in Biology program at Southern New Hampshire University combines hands-on laboratory and field work with coursework investigating the diversity and biology of plants, animals, and microbes - developing both practical skills and theoretical learning to help lay the groundwork for a successful career.
The overall goal of the Biology program at SNHU is to foster awareness, appreciation, and understanding of biology as a diverse and dynamic field, and to prepare students to enter a wide range of career paths, certification programs, or graduate programs that utilize their unique skills and knowledge.
The Biology program at SNHU may serve as the backbone for many health-related programs, and the University is proud to offer a program that prepares students to pursue a wide range of pathways following graduation. Many graduates may choose to pursue additional educational opportunities and certificate programs, intending to enter fields such as health and teaching that will require additional qualifications; however, others may seek more immediate employment opportunities.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in environmental science at SNHU include:
The Biology program will teach you to think critically about the living world and our role within it. You will have a thorough understanding of both practical and theoretical biology, as well as additional topics selected by you through your elective courses.
Although additional licensing, certification or education is required for entry into many health-related fields - such as nursing, physical therapy, and teaching - the Biology program at SNHU is an excellent starting point, and provides students with strong foundational knowledge required to pursue a variety of biology-related careers. Whether your ultimate goal is to launch your career immediately, seek additional certifications, or enter graduate school, the Biology program at SNHU will prepare you to face your next challenge.
We've designed the Biology course of study to reflect the many different career options available to Biology majors. We pride ourselves on offering students the ability to tailor their education to their interests and career goals. Below, you can see some of the many course options available to you through the Biology program.
SNHU's bachelor's in biology program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
General biology course that includes mammalian cell structure and function, cellular reproduction and physiology, and Mendelian genetics. Laboratory exercises (BIO 120L) to follow lecture topics.
Laboratory course to follow topics presented in BIO 120.
This course builds on information presented in BIO 101. Topics include: principles and history of evolutionary theory, taxonomy, and systematic examination of the five Kingdoms of organisms: Bacteria, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia.
Laboratory course to follow topics presented in BIO 102. This course gives students hands-on experience with laboratory techniques, and in-depth investigation and comparison of organisms. Students will observe the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs. They will also examine evolutionary connections between the five Kingdoms of organisms.
This course is a survey course in bioethics. Real case studies and readings will be used to familiarize students with current issues. Topics include abortion, life and death issues such as brain death and assisted suicide, experimentation with humans and animals, and public health issues. Students will present case studies for discussion, participate in debates, and learn to justify their own ethical positions related to these issues. This course is useful for anyone who intends to work in health care, laboratory settings, teaching, or biotechnology. Students will have a greater awareness for these important issues, and they will learn how to how to discuss these sometimes sensitive topics with others.
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.
Anatomy and Physiology Lab is a counterpart to BIO-210, in which students will examine tissues, bones, muscles and the major organ systems. The laboratory is hands-on and will include use of microscopes, visual representation in models, videos and online dissection.
This course covers the basic principles of eukaryotic cell genetics. Emphasis is placed on the molecular basis of heredity, DNA and chromosomal structure, patterns of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, gene expression, and biotechnological applications.
This course exposes students to the fundamentals of microbiology. It opens with a survey of the microbial world and a discussion of the interactions between microbes and host. Students will evaluate microbial diseases of humans, and the environmental and economic impact of microorganisms. The course provides a background in basic and applied microbiology with an emphasis on the role microorganisms play in human health.
Laboratory exercises to follow topics presented in BIO 280. Students will focus on developing skills in the laboratory, including microscopy, staining and isolation of bacterial species, identification of microbes, and use of chemical and physical agents to control microbial growth.
First semester of a one-year sequence covering the basic principles of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular theory and structure, the chemical and physical behavior of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions; chemical bonding; chemical equations and thermochemistry.
This course will introduce laboratory techniques that will be used to gain fundamental knowledge of chemical systems associated with the subject matter of CHM 120 - College Chemistry I
Second semester of a one-year sequence covering the basic principles of chemistry. Topics include chemical equilibria; acid-base chemistry; electrochemistry; kinetics and nuclear chemistry.
This course will introduce laboratory techniques that will be used to gain fundamental knowledge of chemical systems around the subject matter of CHM 121 - College Chemistry II.
This course is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to biochemistry and the major concepts of the chemical processes of living organisms. The major themes of the course include: the chemistry of water, foundations of biological and organic chemistry, the structure and function of the three major classes of biomolecules (proteins, carbohydrates and lipids), and enzyme kinetics.
Principles of Physics is an algebra based course that explores the major topics in physics, such as motion and forces, gravity and projectiles, energy and work, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, solids and fluids, light and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
Total Credits: 120
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