Biology

The biology minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in biology. In addition to the biology minor, you must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program.

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Minor requirements

Biology electives 12*
BIO 115SN - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
An introduction to molecular and cellular biology, with an examination of the processes common to living organisms and an introduction to the diversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, genetics, mechanisms of evolutionary change, and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
BIO 116 - General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
General Biology II is an introduction to organismal biology emphasizing the diversity of life forms. Representative organisms from the plant and animal kingdoms will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (4 credits)
Choose one course: 4
BIO 202WI - Genetics
An introduction to the principles of heredity and their practical applications. Prerequisites: BIO115SN or 116. (4 credits) (Writing intensive) Note: Includes 3 credits of lab per week. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
BIO 327 - Biochemistry: Molecular Genetics
No course description available.

Total credits required: 24

Notes:

* At least 6 credits must come from courses with labs. Of these 6 credits, at least 2 credits must be from a 300-level course or above.

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