Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional / Antigua Medicine (4+4) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Respective program graduates should demonstrate synthetic, analytical, and interpretive skills.  
  • Knowledge/Content: Graduates should demonstrate that they are founded in the discipline at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels and that they have a fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 
  • Practical Skills: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory related skills.
  • Communication Skills: Respective program graduates should demonstrate strong oral, digital, and written communication skills.
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in writing based on longitudinal data as opposed to point in time data.

Related Links

Biology - Antigua Medicine, BS Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 3.25 or higher
Pre-requisite GPA: 3.0 or higher
No “F”or “D” grade in any pre-requisite course


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements59-60
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select 9-10 credits of the following:9-10
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry I Lab 1
Calculus I 1
General Physics I with Lab 1
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements/Concentration 

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a 2.000 average in Principles of Biology - BIOL 104.
  • Students may register in 200-level courses in any order, but must maintain a Biology average of 2.000 or better and must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300 and 400-level courses in the major.
  • A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the Biology average below a 2.000.
  • Students should complete all 200-level Biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.
  • If you have questions about Financial Aid, visit their website.
  • To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab 1,24
BIOL 201General Botany with Lab 1,24
BIOL 212General Zoology with Lab 1,24
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 1,24
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 492Biology Seminar 11
Upper-Level Biology Electives
Select five courses of the following:15
Biometry with Lab 1
Microbiology/Lab 1
Cell Biology/Lab 1
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 1
Molecular Biology with Lab 1
Ecology with Lab 1
Animal Physiology with Lab 1
Plant Physiology/Lab 1
Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
Select six credits from courses not chosen above, or any 300/400 level course listed below. Additional electives may be selected from the Marine Science offerings listed below 36
Independent Study Options
Select one of the following options:3
Independent Study
Independent Study
Non-Independent Study
Select 3 additional credits in BIOL or MARS course from Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
Major Field Test
Field Test required of all Biology students before graduation
Related Sciences – Chemistry
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 4,53
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 41
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 43
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 43
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 41
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 41
Related Sciences – Chemistry Advanced Elective
Select one of the following:3
Physical Chemistry 1 4
Biochemistry I 4
Related Sciences – Physics
Select one of the following:3-4
General Physics III/ Lab 4
Any 300/400 level BIOL 6
Total Hours59-60

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14

Upper-Level Biology Electives

BIOL 301Forest Ecology (PLE) 13
BIOL 302Ecology of Amphibians & Reptiles/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 303Behavioral Ecology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 305Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab 13
BIOL 306Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab 13
BIOL 307Vertebrate Ecology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 308Aquatic Ecosystem Management / Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 310Plant Systematics with Lab 13
BIOL 311Entomology/Lab 13
BIOL 313Herpetology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 314Medical Parasitology with Lab 11
BIOL 315Medical Mycology/Lab 11
BIOL 316Medical Immunology with Lab 11
BIOL 317Ecology and Fungi (PLE) 13
BIOL 319Medical Virology with a Lab 11
BIOL 320Ornithology/Lab 13
BIOL 321Wildlife Management/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 322Conservation Biology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 323Stream Ecology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 326Field Methods in Biogeography/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 327Limnology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 331Mammology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 343Embryology with Lab 13
BIOL 345Introduction to Biological Electron Microscopy 12
BIOL 350Evolution 13
BIOL 356Field Ecology / Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 357Environmental Microbiology with Lab 14
BIOL 360Field Botany 13
BIOL 361Flora of Western Pennsylvania (PLE) 13
BIOL 371Vertebrate Field Zoology 13
BIOL 373Ichthyology/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 375Ecology of Fish / Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 402Biogeography/Lab (PLE) 13
BIOL 405Animal Physiological Ecology with Lab 14
BIOL 412Population Biology (PLE) 13
BIOL 430Pathogenic Microbiology with Lab 13
BIOL 450Biology Internship 13
BIOL 465Plant Anatomy with Lab 13
BIOL 470Histology with Lab 13
BIOL 498Selected Topics 13
MARS 221Marine Invertebrates 13
MARS 241Marine Biology 13
MARS 250Wetland Ecology 13
MARS 260Marine Ecology 13
MARS 270Coastal Vegetation 13
MARS 298Selected Topics 13
MARS 300Behavior of Marine Organisms 13
MARS 310The Mammals of Coastal Ecosystems 13
MARS 320Marine Microbiology 13
MARS 330Tropical Invertebrates3
MARS 342Marine Botany 13
MARS 343Marine Ichthyology 13
MARS 344Anatomy of Marine Chordates 13
MARS 345Ornithology 13
MARS 350Physiology of Marine Invertebrates 13
MARS 398Selected Topics 13
MARS 420Marine Micropaleontology 13
MARS 431Ecology of Marine Plankton 13
MARS 441Biology of Molluscs 13
MARS 490Independent Study 13
MARS 491Coral Reef Ecology 13
MARS 492Marine Mammals 13
MARS 498Selected Topics 13
MARS 500Problems in Marine Science 13

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

American University of Antigua College of Medicine (4+4) (61AM)
This program is effective as of Fall 2018.
Revised 12.14.2020