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Natural Science Division

Biology

The Biology department offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Be sure to also look at the requirements for the optional Secondary Teaching Credential and the prescribed First-Year Program for all Biology majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a biology degree should be able to:

  • display an understanding of biological systems and evolutionary processes spanning all ranges of biological complexity including molecules, genes, cells, organisms, communities, and ecosystems.

  • apply principles of the scientific method to problems in biology, including the formulation of a hypothesis, implementation of a research project, collection and analysis of data, and interpretation of data in both written and oral formats.

  • demonstrate preparedness for service and leadership in science related issues affecting society.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Lower-Division Courses: 33 units
BIOL 110 Colloquium for Freshman Biology Majors 1
BIOL 211 Biology of Cells 4
BIOL 212 Biology of Animals 4
BIOL 213 Biology of Plants (WI) 4
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (GE) 3
CHEM 120L General Chemistry I Laboratory (GE) 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 121L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 150 Calculus I (GE) 4
PHYS 202 Basic Physics I (GE) 4
PHYS 203 Basic Physics II 4
Upper-Division Courses: 24–25 units
BIOL 311 Introduction to Ecology 4
BIOL 350 Genetics 4
BIOL 491 Biology Senior Seminar 1
CHEM 301 Elementary Organic Chemistry 4
MATH 316 Biostatistics (GE) 3
MATH 317 Statistics and Research Methods Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
Choose three upper-division courses in biology  

The above program requirements are excerpted from the Seaver College catalog. This Web page is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/catalog/

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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Lower-Division Courses: 33–35 units
BIOL 110 Colloquium for Freshman Biology Majors 1
BIOL 211 Biology of Cells 4
BIOL 212 Biology of Animals 4
BIOL 213 Biology of Plants (WI) 4
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (GE) 3
CHEM 120L General Chemistry I Laboratory (GE) 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 121L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 150 Calculus I (GE) 4
Choose one of the following sequences:
PHYS 202 Basic Physics I (GE) 4
PHYS 203 Basic Physics II 4
or
PHYS 210 Physics I (GE) 5
PHYS 211 Physics II 5
Upper-Division Courses: 36–37 units
BIOL 311 Introduction to Ecology 4
BIOL 350 Genetics 4
BIOL 491 Biology Senior Seminar 1
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHEM 330 Cellular Biochemistry 4
MATH 316 Biostatistics (GE) 3
MATH 317 Statistics and Research Methods Laboratory (RM, PS) 1
Choose three upper-division courses in biology 11–12

Research participation (BIOL 590 or BIOL 591) may count for not more than one elective upper-division course. The Research Workshop is included as research participation and may not count as a separate upper-division elective course.

The above program requirements are excerpted from the Seaver College catalog. This Web page is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/catalog/

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Secondary Teaching Credential

Students who plan to teach biology in secondary schools should complete the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree and a California Teaching Credential. BIOL 410 must be included in the major. More information about the credential requirement (thirty units) can be found in the Teacher Education section of this catalog. NASC 155 and 156 are recommended for preparing prospective teachers for the CSET in science.

First-Year Program

In the first year, the biology major should enroll in the typical first-year program, and include BIOL 110, BIOL 211, CHEM 120, CHEM 120L, CHEM 121, CHEM 121L, and an appropriate mathematics course.

The above program requirements are excerpted from the Seaver catalog. This Web page is not an official binding document. To view the actual catalog visit: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/catalog/

You may email your questions to the Seaver Natural Science Division .

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