BIOLOGY PROGRAMS

Major in Biology: The major requires 40 semester hours, of which 32 hours are upper-level. Biology majors are required to complete courses from the groups listed below. Students are encouraged and counseled to enroll in the elective biology courses that are applicable to career goals they intend to pursue. MATH 1306, MSCI 2311, and MSCI 3101 are required courses for all math and science majors. MATH 1306 and MSCI 2311 can each be used to fulfill three hours of general education requirements in math and computer literacy, respectively.

Degree requirements- the following 16 hours are required of all biology majors:

      BIOL 1401 -- General Biology I

      BIOL 1402 -- General Biology II                 

      BIOL 3402 -- Genetics

      BIOL 3407 -- Ecology

Cellular- Molecular Group - four hours from:      

      BIOL 3403 -- Developmental Biology

      BIOL 4408 -- Cellular and Molecular Biology

Plant Biology Group - four hours from:   

      BIOL 3405 -- General Botany   

      BIOL 4400 -- Plant Taxonomy

Zoology Group - four hours from:   

      BIOL 3401 -- Invertebrate Biology

      BIOL 3404 -- Vertebrate Biology

      BIOL 4404 -- Parasitology

      BIOL 4409 -- Conservation Biology

General Biology Group - 12 hours from:

      BIOL 3408 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      BIOL 3409 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      BIOL 3410 -- Microbiology

      BIOL/GEOL 4407 -- Oceanography

    or any of the courses listed above not used to meet the group requirement

Additional requirements include:

      CHEM 1401 -- General Chemistry I

      CHEM 1402 -- General Chemistry II

      MATH 1306 -- Elementary Statistics

      MSCI 2311 -- Scientific Computing

      MSCI 3101 -- Faith and Science

 

Minor in Biological Sciences: The minor requires 20 hours, of which 12 hours are upper division. MATH 1306 Elementary Statistics is a requirement for all math and science minors. It may be used to fulfill the additional three hours math requirement in the general education core of the BS degree.

      BIOL 1401 -- General Biology I

      BIOL 1402 -- General Biology II                 

 Cellular- Molecular Group - four hours from:          

      BIOL 3402 -- Genetics

      BIOL 3403 -- Developmental Biology

      BIOL 3410 -- Microbiology

      BIOL 4408 -- Cellular and Molecular Biology

Organismal Group- four hours from:

      BIOL 3401 -- Invertebrate Biology

      BIOL 3404 -- Vertebrate Biology

      BIOL 3405 -- General Botany   

      BIOL 3407 -- Ecology

      BIOL 4400 -- Plant Taxonomy

      BIOL 4404 -- Parasitology

      BIOL 4409 -- Conservation Biology

Electives- four hours from:

      BIOL 3408 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      BIOL 3409 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      BIOL/GEOL 4407 -- Oceanography

    or any of the courses listed above not used to meet the group requirement

Additional requirements include:

      MATH 1306 -- Elementary Statistics

     

Major in Life Science (grades 7-12) - The major is specifically for teacher education and
requires 32 semester hours in the major, 16 of which are upper level. Students must pass
the state content area life science (grades 7-12) test prior to student teaching.
      MATH 1306 -- Elementary Statistics
      MSCI 3101 -- Faith and Science
      BIOL 1401 -- General Biology I

      BIOL 1402 -- General Biology II

      BIOL 2401 -- Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology

      BIOL 3402 -- Genetics 

      BIOL 3407 -- Ecology

Eight hours from:

      BIOL 3401 -- Invertebrate Biology

      BIOL 3404 -- Vertebrate Biology

      BIOL 4408 -- Cellular and Molecular Biology

      BIOL 4409 -- Conservation Biology

 

Major in Molecular Biology: The major requires 40 semester hours, of which at least 32 hours are upper-level. Twenty-eight of these hours are from a set core and 12 hours are selected from the additional courses listed. Students are encouraged to choose these 12 hours such that they best prepare the student for their future career goals. MATH 1306, MSCI 2311, and MSCI 3101 are required courses for all math and science majors. MATH 1306 and MSCI 2311 can each be used to fulfill three hours of general education requirements in math and computer literacy, respectively. Students are encouraged to complete a chemistry minor with this major.

Core Requirements(28 hours)

      BIOL 1401 -- General Biology I

      BIOL 1402 -- General Biology II                 

      BIOL 3402 -- Genetics

      BIOL 3403 -- Developmental Biology

      BIOL 4408 -- Cellular and Molecular Biology

      CHEM 4402 -- Biochemistry I

      CHEM 4403 -- Biochemistry II

12 hours from the following:

      BIOL 3401 -- Invertebrate Biology

      BIOL 3404 -- Vertebrate Biology

      BIOL 3405 -- General Botany   

      BIOL 3408 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      BIOL 3409 -- Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      BIOL 3410 -- Microbiology

      BIOL 4400 -- Plant Taxonomy

      BIOL 4404 -- Parasitology

      CHEM 3407 -- Instrumental Analysis

Additional requirements include:

      CHEM 1401 -- General Chemistry I

      CHEM 1401 -- General Chemistry II

      CHEM 3403 -- Organic Chemistry I

      CHEM 3404 -- Organic Chemistry II

      MATH 1306 -- Elementary Statistics

      MSCI 2311 -- Scientific Computing

      MSCI 3101 -- Faith and Science

 

Minor in Molecular Biology:   The minor requires 24 hours, of which 16 must be upper-division. MATH 1306 is a requirement for all math and science minors. It may be used to fulfill the additional three hour math requirement in the general education core of the B.S. degree.

      BIOL 1401 -- General Biology I

      BIOL 1402 -- General Biology II                 

      BIOL 3402 -- Genetics

      BIOL 4408 -- Cellular and Molecular Biology

      CHEM 4402 -- Biochemistry I

      CHEM 4403 -- Biochemistry II

      MSCI 3101 -- Faith and Science

Additional requirements:

     MATH 1306 -- Elementary Statistics

   

PRE-MEDICAL/DENTAL:

The professional schooling for medical and dental students is four years in duration and begins following four years of preparatory work, including the BS degree.

Most medical and dental schools prefer students with a broadly based academic background and a strong emphasis in the physical and biological sciences and mathematics The TAAHP GUIDE TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS recommends the following science courses for students seeking admission to medical schools in Texas: BIOL 1401, 1402, in addition to additional background courses from BIOL 3402, 3403, 3406, 3408, 3409, 3410, 4404, 4408; CHEM 1401, 1402, 3403, 3404, 4402, 4403; MATH 1304, 1305, 2306; PHYS 1401, 1402

Students must maintain a competitive overall GPA Students are advised to take the MCAT/DAT exam in the summer of their junior year.

 

PRE-MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Most professional programs in medical technology are four to five years in duration including two- to two-and-one-half years of pre-professional course work Students wishing to pursue medical technology as a career may take their prerequisite course work at Wayland and then transfer into a professional level program in their junior year. Professional level applications to a medical technology program are required to have approximately 70 semester hours in prescribed sciences and academic foundation courses to be eligible for admission. Courses listed below represent the requirements for entrance into most schools of medical technology

Suggested Courses: BIOL 3402, 3408, 3409, and 3410; CHEM 1402, 2402, 3403, 3404, and 4402; ENGL 1301 and 1302; HIST 2301 and 2302; MATH 1304, 1305, and 1306; PHYS 1401 and 1402; POLS 2301 and 2302; PSYC 1301 and SOCI 1301

 

PRE-NURSING

Students with interests in nursing as a career may  complete one of the following options:

      1. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in two years after completing the general education core of 74 hours.  See the Generic B.S.N. program as outlined in the School of Nursing section of the catalog.

     2. Professional-level nursing programs leading to RN certification are three calendar years in duration, including approximately one year of pre-professional course work in the following required courses: BIOL 2305, 3408, 3409, 3410; CHEM 1400; ENGL 1301 and 1302; MATH 1300 or 1304; and PSYC 1301 and 2301.

 

PRE-OPTOMETRY

Students should apply with a baccalaureate degree containing the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 1401, 1402, 3402, 3408, 3409, and 4401; CHEM 1400; ENGL 1301 and 1302; MATH 1304, 1305, and 2306; PHYS 1401 and 1402.

Students who follow this curriculum and meet the qualitative entrance requirements of the University of Houston pursue four years of professional study in the College of Optometry beyond the pre-professional courses to receive the degree of Doctor of Optometry.

 

PRE-PHARMACY

Pre-pharmacy students should complete 60 or more semester hours of the prescribed work to be eligible to apply for admission to the professional pharmacy programs in Texas.


Suggested Courses: BIOL 1401, 1402, and 3410; CHEM 1401, 1402, 3403, and 3404; ; ENGL 1301, 1302 and 2303; MATH 1304, 1306, and 2306; PHYS 1401 plus 15 semester hours in Humanities/Social Sciences.

 

PRE-PHYSICAL/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Most of the professional programs in Texas and the adjoining states have been elevated to the masters level Most require a baccalaureate degree for admission Entrance into a professional program is very competitive at this time Even for those few schools that do not require a baccalaureate degree, we strongly suggest that the student complete their degree at Wayland before applying We suggest that a student pursue a degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry or a double major Also, two semesters of college physics are required by most professional programs.

Suggested Courses: BIOL 2305, 3408, and 3409; CHEM 1401 and 1402; ENGL 1301 and 1302; HIST 2301 and 2302; MATH 1304 and 1305; PHYS 1401 and 1402; POLS 2301 and 2302; PSYC 1301 and 2301; and SOCI 1301

 

PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Successful applicants to the Physician Assistant Schools in Texas must have a baccalaureate degree which includes the following courses: BIOL 1401, 1402, 3310, 3402, 3408, 3409, and 3410; CHEM 1401, 1402, 3403, and 3404; MATH 1304 and 2306.  In this program, students will complete a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), and may sit for the national certifying exam.

PRE-TECHNICAL -Courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and core curriculum studies meet the pre-entrance requirement for technical studies in allied health professions. These include: Applied Rehabilitation Psychology, Child Development, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Health Information Services, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology. Students should contact the schools offering the technical studies they plan to pursue and then select appropriate courses to be taken from Wayland. Clinical studies will be completed at the school offering the Associate of Applied Science degree or a technical diploma.

 

PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE

Students desiring to enter this program should follow the recommendation listed for pre-medical Students are urged to contact their school of choice and seek advisement on admissions.

 

 

 

Last updated 5/2012