Degree in Biology - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College


Bachelor of Science, Department of Biology

Students studying plant samples

Department Overview

The mission of the Biology Department is to prepare students to appreciate the complexity of living systems, understand biological principles, use the scientific method, and be critical thinkers and problem solvers. By the end of their senior year, students will have acquired the ability to engage in collaborative and creative projects and to communicate the results of their work. They will be prepared to enter graduate and professional schools, science education, research fields, and biotechnology, among other careers.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Active research involving students in every phase of the research process.
  • Opportunities to be involved in exciting trips and activities centered around gaining a better understanding of the natural world and experiencing new people and places and environments.
  • Energetic, professionally trained, passionate faculty.
  • A wide variety of courses allowing students to specialize in sub-disciplines of interest or maintain a broad, generalized track.
  • A proven track record of alumni success.

Career Opportunities*

  • Agriculture & Food Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Health
  • Bioacoustics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Botanist
  • College/University Faculty
  • Conservationist
  • Entomologist
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Health Care & Medical Professions
  • Horticulturist
  • Industrial Laboratories
  • Marine Biology & Oceanography
  • Microbiologist
  • Museums
  • National Park Service
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Paleontologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Water Conservationist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Zoologist & Aquarist

* More on the department website.


Terry Malloy, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
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  • Martha Carletti, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Terry Malloy, Ph.D.
    Professor & Department Chair
  • Brent Mortensen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Janet Paper, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Mark Schramp, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Virginia Winder, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

Freshman Year

CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
BIOL-1121General Biology I5
ENGL-1010English Composition3
MATH-1300Calculus I4
GNST-1000BC Experience1
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
BIOL-1122General Biology II4
Aesthetic Foundation3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
EXSCFitness course1

Sophomore Year

CHEM-2200/2201Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS-2000College Physics I4
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
BIOL-3310Mech of Evolutionary Change3
Faith Foundation3
CHEM-2210/2211Organic Chemistry II3
PHYS-2010College Physics II4
Person and Community Foundation3
BIOL-3305Biological Statistics4
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1

Junior Year

Historical Foundation3
Foreign Language4
Advanced Biology4
Aesthetic Foundation3
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1
Historical Foundation3
Foreign Language4
Advanced Biology4
Faith Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1

Senior Year

Advanced Biology4
Advanced Biology4
Global Perspective3
CHEM-3500*Biochemistry I4
BIOL-4486*Biology Research1
Advanced Biology4
Advanced Biology4
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
BIOL-4486*Biology Research2

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Minor in Biology