A Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Arcadia represents a thorough understanding of modern biological principles, and studies in many of the major life sciences, as well as in the cognate areas of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.
What to Expect
A strong core of general biology, evolution and population biology, research methods, comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics, and plant biology or ecology courses that enhance the available biomedical, conservation, molecular biology and biochemistry concentrations.
A range of electives in animal behavior, aquatic biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, conservation biology, developmental biology, histology, human genetics and development, immunobiology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathophysiology, and neurobiology.
Courses taught by accomplished faculty who also advise students in building curricula that combine with chemistry, art, communications, or business studies to meet particular career goals.
Collaborative and inquiry-based learning laboratory studies with small enrollments.
Exceptional opportunities to engage in research, co-author and present published studies, intern at respected regional companies, and explore other cultures through study abroad.
The opportunity to complete internships or independent research projects at a number of internationally recognized institutions such as the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
Biology Degree Requirements
Core curriculum for both the B.A. and the B.S. in Biology requires eight Biology courses; two Chemistry courses; two cognate courses in Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics; and four Biology electives.
Students who want certain career paths can choose a concentration.
Practical experience in the form of independent research is encouraged.
Certification for Secondary Teaching
Students interested in secondary certification should consult with their disciplinary adviser and their School of Education adviser as early as possible, preferably freshman year. All Arcadia undergraduates seeking certification must declare Secondary Education as a minor and formally apply into the teacher certification preparation program during the spring semester of their sophomore year.
Minor in Biology
The minor in Biology provides students who have a major interest in another science, business, or humanities with the opportunity to explore the field of biology for their own satisfaction or application to a career goal.
The interdisciplinary Bioinformatics minor is designed to introduce students to the fast-growing field of Bioinformatics through foundational and advanced courses in Biology, Statistics, and Computation. Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Bioinformatics vary depending on Major/academic background. Interested students may contact Dr. Sheryl Smith (Biology), Dr. Kathy Macropol (Computer Science), or Prof. Ortiz (Mathematics and Computer Science).
Study Abroad Options for Biology Majors
Biology majors are encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad. Many exciting opportunities are available. Junior year is the most common time for students to study abroad.
Since 1997, Biology majors have taken a range of Biology courses toward major requirements in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In addition, students have completed Undergraduate Curriculum requirements while studying abroad.
Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, they should consult with their advisers as soon as possible and make their intentions known to their academic advisers, the department chair, and the Office of Study Away.