Biology

Fisk's Biology faculty offers both graduate and undergraduate programs and is active in developmental biology, environmental studies, microbiology, mycology, and neuropharmacology. Advanced students have opportunities to work with faculty researchers on projects. Many students present papers at scientific meetings.

  1. Major
  2. Major Schedule

Requirements for the undergraduate biology major, in addition to the University degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin, are:

Courses in biology (34 credits), including:

Course NumberCourse Name
BIOL 101, 101LGeneral Biology I Lectures and Lab
BIOL 102, 102LGeneral Biology II Lectures and Lab
BIOL 221, 221LHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab
BIOL 222, 222LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Lab
BIOL 313, 313LMolecular Plant Physiology Lecture and Lab
BIOL 350, 350LGenetic Principles Lecture and Lab
BIOL 360, 360LMolecular Cell Biology Lecture and Lab
BIOL 497Senior Seminar I
BIOL 498Senior Seminar II

Four to eight additional elective credits in biology are required.
These courses should be chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor from the advanced undergraduate courses listed below.

Course NumberCourse Name
BIOL 313, 313LMolecular Plant Physiology Lecture and Lab
BIOL 242, 242LEnvironmental Biology Lecture and Lab
BIOL 420, 420LIntroduction to Neurobiological Systems Lecture and Lab
BIOL 256-256LEssential Developmental Biology Lecture and Lab
BIOL 270-270LMicrobiology Lecture and Lab
BIOL 390Special Problems (Research)
BIOL390HSpecial Problems (Honors)
BIOL 410, 410LExperimental Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA, Lecture and Lab
NSCI 290, 290HUndergraduate Research
NSCI 361, 361HBiochemistry I Lecture and Lab
CHEM 582DPharmacology: Chemistry and Mechanism of Drug Addiction

Required cognates (28 credits)

Course NumberCourse Name
CHEM 113,103LGeneral Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
CHEM 114 & 104LGeneral Chemistry II Lecture and Lab
CHEM 233 & 203LOrganic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
CHEM 234 & 204LOrganic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab
PHYS 130 & 130LGeneral Physics I Lecture and Lab
PHYS 140 & 140LGeneral Physics II Lecture and Lab
PSY 180 or PSY 141General Psychology/Psychology of Adjustment

Mathematics requirement (4 credits)
In lieu of the core mathematics course (CORE 130), biology majors take MATH 120 (or higher level), and prerequisites as indicated by placement test results. It should be noted that most graduate and professional schools require a minimum of two semesters of college level mathematics and/or statistics.

SUGGESTED PROGRAM PLAN FOR BIOLOGY MAJORS--B.A./B.S. DEGREE

First Year, Fall Semester (16 cr.)

CORE 150 Composition I 3 cr.
CORE 100 New Student Orientation 1 cr.
Modern Foreign Language (101)** 4 cr.
General Biology I Lecture and Lab* 3/1 cr.
Math 101 College Algebra++ 4 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester (17 cr.)

CORE 160 Composition II / Oral Communication 3 cr.
CORE 120 Critical Thinking 2 cr.
Modern Foreign Language (102)** 4 cr.
General Biology II Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
Math 110 Pre-Calculus++ 4 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester (17 cr.)

Math 120 Calculus+ 4 cr.
Modern Foreign Language (200)** 4 cr.
Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab* 3/1 cr.
General Chemistry I-Supplemental Instruction 1 cr.

Second Year, Spring Semester (17 cr.)

CORE 201 Intro. to Business & Entrepreneurship 3 cr.
General Elective 4 cr.
Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
General Chemistry II-Supplemental Instruction 1 cr.

Sophomore Seminar in Biology 1 cr.

Third Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

Group A: Cultural Exposure. 4 cr.
ART 291; 292; ENG 275; HIS 180, 270; MUS 200,206 . Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
Physics I Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
CORE 260 Humanities 3 cr.

Third Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)

Group C: The Arts 4 cr.
CORE 220; MUS 207, 208,205: ART 207,208 Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
Physics II Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
General Elective 4 cr.

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (13 cr.)

Molecular Cell Biology Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
Biology Elective Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
Senior Seminar I 1 cr.
Group E: Social Science: PSY 180 4 cr.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (10.5 cr.)

Genetics Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
Biology Elective Lecture and Lab 3/1 cr.
CORE 360 The World and Its Peoples 4 cr.