• Biology in either a B.A. or a B.S. program


    Explore the matter of life.


    You can also focus your studies in Pre-Med, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmaceuticals, Pre-Physical Therapy, or Pre-General Medicine.

    Advances in science and technology are taking man places he never thought possible—inside the human genome, for example. All those bits of DNA that make hair blonde, eyes brown, the mind quick, and feet fast, are slowly revealing themselves in modern laboratories. With each advance the potential for healing grows. So does the power to cause irreparable harm—using science in ways that violate the dignity of the human person.

    Majoring in biology at Franciscan will enhance your understanding of living organisms and conditions necessary for life.  You will study life on the microscopic and macroscopic levels, discovering God’s design in plants, animals, ecosystems and the cosmos.  You will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in an award-winning facility. 

    Our faculty strongly believes that a true understanding of science comes from personal experience and not merely through reading a book. To foster that experience, our students are encouraged to propose their own research projects as well as to work with professors on advanced projects. Only through this approach can students learn how to ask the right questions, and also develop the ability to pursue the answer creatively and directly.

    And all of this in an atmosphere—both in and out of the classroom—that reverences the dignity of human life, in accord with the Catholic understanding of the world as created and loved by God.

    The quality of the Biology major at Franciscan has enabled recent graduates to continue their education in biology, medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy. Others have found work in research labs, allied health labs, and science classrooms.


    Sample Program | Course Descriptions

    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    General Botany General Zoology
    Intro to Chemistry I Intro to Chemistry II
    General Chemistry Lab I General Chemistry Lab II
    Precalculus Analytic Geom/Calc
    American Founding Principles Social Science Core
    Theology Core  
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Developmental Anatomy Sophomore Seminar
    Organic Chemistry I Genetics
    Organic Chemistry I Lab Organic Chemistry II
    Elem Foreign Language or Elective Organic Chemistry II Lab
    History Core Elem Foreign Language or Elective
    Theology Core Literature Core
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    BIO Molecular & Cellular Elective BIO Organismal & Evolution Elect.
    Intermediate Foreign Language Intermediate Foreign Language
    General Physics I General Physics II
    General Physics I Lab General Physics II Lab
    Theology Core Philosophy Core
    Philosophy Core Elective
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Cell Physiology Biology Elective
    Coordinating Seminar Biology Elective
    Literature Core Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core
    Philosophy Core Elective
    Elective  
    FIRST YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    General Botany General Zoology
    Intro to Chemistry I Intro to Chemistry II
    General Chemistry Lab I General Chemistry Lab II
    Precalculus Analytic Geom. & Calculus
    Intro to Computer Science American Founding Principles Core
    Social Science Core  
    SECOND YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Developmental Anatomy Sophomore Seminar
    Organic Chemistry I Genetics
    Organic Chemistry I Lab Organic Chemistry II
    History Core Organic Chemistry II Lab
    Theology Core Theology Core
    Principles of Economics I Theology or Philosophy Core
    THIRD YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    BIO Molecular & Cellular Elective BIO Organismal & Evolution Elect.
    General Physics I General Physics II
    General Physics I Lab General Physics II Lab
    Quantitative Measures Philosophy Core
    Literature Core Elective
    Elective Elective
    FOURTH YEAR
    First Semester Second Semester
    Cell Physiology Elective
    Coordinating Seminar Elective
    Catholic Traditions in Fine Arts Core Theology or Philosophy Core
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective

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