2017-2018 College Catalog 
    Mar 23, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog

Biology, Molecular Biotechnology Specialization, B.S.

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Department Chairperson- Dr. Penny O’Connor

Biology ClassroomThe Biology major at Mount Aloysius College prepares students to enter careers in biology or to pursue graduate or professional education with a foundation in the liberal arts. The goals of the program include:

  1. Scientific Method - Students will be able to effectively define and use the scientific method to answer biological questions;
  2. Reasoning and Analysis - Students will be able to critically analyze scientific data and its interpretation both in the literature and in their own experimental work;
  3. Core Biological Knowledge - Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of core biological subjects with additional proficiency related to their chosen specialization;
  4. Research Skills - Students will be able to identify and utilize appropriate resources for both primary and secondary research. In addition, students will be able to identify and utilize the appropriate experimental design, methodology, and equipment to conduct field and laboratory research in an ethically sound manner; and
  5. Communication Skills: Students will be able to organize and express scientific knowledge and their own ideas clearly and coherently both in written and oral formats.

Requirements for Admission

Completion of high school coursework in biology, chemistry, and algebra with a “C” or better.

A combined score of 900 on the Math and Critical Reading on the 2005 SAT or 980 on the 2016 SAT or a 19 on the ACT. Any required Educational Enrichment courses per the results of SAT or ACT testing must be completed with a “C” or better prior to achieving sophomore status. Please refer to the Educational Enrichment section found elsewhere in this catalog.

Core Course Requirements


Upper-Division Literature

  • EN 300/400 3 Credits


  • AR, EN, MU, TH 3 Credits

History /Political Science

  • HS or PS 3 Credits



Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RS 3 Credits or PL 3 Credits
  • RS 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science

  • CR, EC, GE, PY, SO, WS 6 Credits

Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity: 3 Credits

Integrated Discipline Capping

Total Credits in Core: 46 Credits

Major Course Requirements

Total Credits in Major: 15 Credits

(Includes 7 credits in the core)

(46 credits including Biology credits are listed under Core Course Requirements. Students in the Biology major will complete 40-45 credits within the major with the completion of a required specialization.)

Molecular Biotechnology Specialization

Required Courses

Total Credits for Molecular Biotechnology Specialization: 25-29 Credits

Other Required Coursework

Total Credits in Other Required Coursework: 30 Credits

Total Credits for Free Electives: 7-11 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 120 Credits

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