Biology, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of general biology and prepares them for successful entry to employment, graduate school, or selected professional schools. The Bachelor of Arts in Biology prepares students for careers in academic and industrial research; teaching, through the alternate pathway to certification; and for various careers in the publishing, pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology industries.

Required Biology Courses:21
BIOL 130Principles Biology I4
BIOL 131Principles Biology II4
BIOL 230Cell Biology4
BIOL 304Genetics4
BIOL 402Ecology4
or BIO 332
BIOL 440Biology Seminar1
Elective Biology Courses:15
Select 15 credits from Biology courses numbered higher than BIOL 230.
Required Chemistry Courses:10
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
Required Physics Course:3
PHYS 101Basic Concepts of Physics3
Required Math and Computer Science Courses:7
MATH 175Enhanced Precalculus4
INTD 180Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics3
or MATH 140 Statistics I
or PSYC 230 Statistics for Social Sciences
Total Credits:56
  1. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 5 Biology major courses at NJCU.
  2. Credits earned for Biology courses more than 10 years ago may not satisfy department requirements.
  3. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics course in order to receive the BA in Biology.
  4. Students must achieve an average of “C” (2.0) or better in Principles of Biology I & II before enrolling in higher-level Biology courses.
  5. Students must successfully complete each required course within three attempts to remain in the BA in Biology program.
  6. Students must successfully complete both Anatomy & Physiology I and II to earn Biology elective credits. 
  7. Students may apply up to 6 credits of Biology Research or Coop Education toward the BA in Biology requirements.
  8. Biology electives should be selected from courses numbered higher than BIOL 230.
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
MATH 175 Enhanced Precalculus 4
BIOL 130 Principles Biology I 4
INTD 101 Orientation to College *First time Freshmen Only 1
General Education Tier I Course 1 3
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition 2 ESL
BIOL 131 Principles Biology II 4
INTD 180
Computer Tools For Science and Mathematics ( or MATH 140 Statistics I )
or Statistics for Social Sciences
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
BIOL 230 Cell Biology 4
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
BIOL 304 Genetics 4
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
Biology Elective 2xx (above BIOL 230) 4
PHYS 101 Basic Concepts of Physics 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Semester 2
Biology Elective 2xx (above BIOL 230) 4
General Education Tier III Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Semester 1
BIOL 402 Ecology 4
BIOL 332 Field Ecology 4
Biology Elective 2xx (above BIOL 230) 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor/Elective 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Semester 2
BIOL 440 Biology Seminar 1
Biology Elective 2XX (above BIOL 230) 4
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
Minor or Elective Course 3
 Total Credits126-130

All Biology core courses must have a C or higher


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biology BA program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the factual and theoretical basis of biology including mechanisms on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
  3. Apply quantitative knowledge and reasoning to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and their application to understanding living systems.
  5. Communicate scientific information in written and/or oral formats.