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.

New!  Two concentrations have been added to the Biology Program at LSSU.  The Pre-medical concentration prepares students for medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant, and chiropractic graduate programs.  The Pre-Veterinary concentration prepares students for entrance into veterinary college.  Our program has always had an excellent reputation with the health professional schools in Michigan, Ontario, and beyond.  With these new concentrations, we will be even better suited to guide students to the health professional school of their choice.

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



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Science Biology

Biology Core (27 credits)

Physiology Elective (1 course from)

Taxonomy Elective (1 course from)

Biology Electives (21 credits)

A minimum of 17 credits must be from 300 or 400 level courses.  At least one elective must be a 400 level class.  Courses not used to satisfy the physiology or taxonomy requirement may be used as 'other' electives.

Support Courses

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Science 4
  • Physical Science (CHEM, PHYS, GEOL) course with lab 4

Free Electives

A minimum of 12 credits must be non-biology courses.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 125 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Pre-Medical Concentration

Biology Core (27 credits)

Physiology Elective (1 course from)

  • BIOL330 Animal Physiology* 4
  • BIOL421 Adv Cell & Molecular Biology* 4

Taxonomy Elective (1 course from)

Other Biology (21 credits from)

*These courses are highly recommended by medical and dental schools in Michigan, Ontario and around the country.

A minimum of 17 credits from 300/400 level courses. At least one elective must be a 400 level class. Courses not used to satisfy the physiology or taxonomy requirement may be used as 'other' electives.

Support Courses

Chemistry Minor (22 credits)

Free Electives

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 125 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.75 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

 

Bachelor of Science Biology, Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Biology Core (27 credits)

Physiology Elective (1 course from)

Taxonomy Elective (1 course from)

Other Biology (21 credits from)

*These courses required by MSU-CVM.

A minimum of 17 credits from 300/400 level courses. At least one elective must be a 400 level class. Courses not used to satisfy the physiology or taxonomy requirement may be used as 'other' electives.

Support Courses

  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business & Life Science 4

Chemistry Minor (22 credits)

Free Electives

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 125 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.75 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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