Chatham University

Biology Curriculum

Biology includes the study of the structure, function, and interactions of living organisms at multiple levels; it is a field that is evolving rapidly. This major provides students with a broad interdisciplinary base in scientific knowledge combined with an in-depth exploration of one of three areas of biology. Course and career preparation in areas including pre-professional, medical and health-related, and environmental biology are covered in the program. The B.A. degree is appropriate for students who want to demonstrate their capability in biology, but also want to explore related areas like teaching.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements (BA and BS Degrees)

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Major Requirements (BA)

17 courses, including:

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Major Requirements (BS)

All B.S. biology majors must complete the set of core courses in addition to the courses in one of the three available concentration areas listed below.

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Area I: Human Biology

This track is designed for students interested in human biology and its application to allied health care professions (e.g., physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing.) This curriculum is also appropriate for students who wish to enter law, public health, and health policy fields with a strong science background. It contains 11 courses, including:

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Area 2: Ecology & Environmental Science

This track is designed for students interested in public or private sector careers in ecology, natural resource management, or environmental sciences, or who wish to enter graduate programs related to ecological and/or environmental sciences. It contains 9 required courses:

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Area 3: Cell and Molecular Biology

This track is designed for students who plan to enter a biological sciences graduate program or professional medical program (e.g., medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences), and for those interested in career paths in biotechnology, biomedical research, and related areas. It contains 12 courses, including:

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Botany Minor

Botany, or plant biology, is the scientific study of plants, from algae to giant sequoia trees. A minor in botany is ideal for students who wish to supplement their studies in some other discipline with a concentrated study of plant life. 19 credits, including:

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.

+Minor Requirements

8 courses, including:

All biology majors must complete IND 350, BIO 498 and 499, and at least two biology courses with a laboratory component at Chatham University.