Lake Superior State University

Biology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in biology combines theory and concepts of biology with intensive, hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories and a wealth of close-by field sites. Students build on a core of biology classes by selecting the physiology and taxonomy classes and other electives that best fit their interests.

The program is an excellent preparation for biology or related careers. Our graduates are currently employed as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, biological researchers, laboratory technicians, consultants and teachers. Many careers in biology require education beyond the baccalaureate degree and LSSU’s biology program has a proven record of excellent preparation for professional and graduate school.

Pre-professional studies are an important part of the biology program at LSSU. This program prepares students for entrance into medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, and podiatry schools. Students work with a pre-professional advisor to select biology courses and electives best suited for their particular needs. Our program has an excellent reputation with the health professional schools in Michigan, Ontario, and beyond.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Biology

Biology Core (27 credits)

Physiology (select one) (4 credits)

Taxonomy Directed Elective (select one) (3-4 credits)

Biology Electives (17 credits)

A minimum of 12 hours must be from 300 or 400 level courses. At least one physiology, taxonomy, or biology elective must be at the 400 level.

Support Courses (23-27 credits)

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM220 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Science 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3

Minor (8 credits)

A university-approved minor is required.  Students selecting a minor in chemistry must complete an additional 8 hours of lecture and laboratory courses in the physical sciences including courses with the prefix CHEM, PHYS, GEOL, or GEOG.

General Education (25-29 credits)

Free Electives (3-10 credits)

Total Credits: 125


Bachelor of Science Biology, Secondary Education

This program includes a strong biology core curriculum, a broad-field science minor and a teaching minor. You will obtain a grounding in the concepts and technical skills of modern biology as well as develop an understanding of the teaching/learning process and the role of science in education.

Application to the teaching program requires:

  • 45 earned credits
  • GPA of 2.70
  • MTTC basic skills test

Graduate school/research — The strong biology curriculum allows you the flexibility to pursue most of the opportunities that are available to graduates with either a B.S. or a B.A. in biology.

Secondary Education — The secondary education program leads to a DX science endorsement which certifies the graduate to teach a wide range of science courses in Michigan high schools.

BS Biology Secondary Education Program Requirements (39 credits)

  • BIOL105 Function of the Human Body 4
  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology:  Organisms 4
  • BIOL204 General Microbiology 4
  • BIOL220 Genetics 4
  • BIOL240 Natural History of the Vertebrates 3
  • BIOL280 Biometrics 3
  • BIOL330 Animal Physiology 4
  • BIOL337 General Ecology 3
  • BIOL420 Evolutionary Analysis 3
  • Complete one course from the following two:
    • EDUC443 Secondary Methods in Science 3
    • EDUC453 Ind. Study: Science Methods 3

Biology Departmental Requirements (17 credits)

Biology Cognates & Support Courses (23 credits)

General Education (25-29 credits)
Approved Teaching Minor (20 credits min.)
Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

Total Credits: 126-138

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.