Bachelor of Arts in Biology
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology prepares students in the major areas of the life sciences as well as in the cognate areas of Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Physics. Faculty advisers work closely with each student to plan a series of required and elective courses based on individual interests and career goals.
A core of basic science courses includes general biology, evolution and population biology, research methods, comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics, and plant biology or ecology. A range of electives covers aquatic biology, animal behavior, biochemistry, bioinformatics, conservation biology, developmental biology, human genetics and development, microbiology, cell biology, histology, immunobiology, molecular biology, and neurobiology.
Laboratory sections generally have smaller enrollments than lecture and thus are especially good for interaction and integrative, collaborative and inquiry-based learning.
It is the policy of the Biology Department that General Biology I and II must be taken in the Biology Department at Arcadia or transferred in from an accredited four- or two-year college. Credits earned through an Advanced Placement Exam or International Baccalaureate do not substitute for General Biology I or II.
Study of Biology can be combined with another field, such as Chemistry, Art, Communications or Business.
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology has the greatest degree of overlap with the Pre-Physical Therapy program requirements and the Pre-Physician Assistant program requirements of any major in the University. (See assured admission requirements for these programs.)