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BA in Biology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Biology prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program enables students to develop an understanding of biological principles which underlie all living things, and instills a sense of inquiry and sharpens analytical thinking skills.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in biology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method, including the formation of hypotheses and the design and implementation of laboratory experiments
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, understand and critically review scientific papers
  • Recognize the relationship between structure and function at the molecular, cellular and organism levels
  • Explain the principles of evolutionary biology and identify the taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of the major groups of organisms
  • Define the historical development of theories and laws, the nature of science, and the relationship between science, technology and society
  • Recognize the ecological relationships between organisms and their environment
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of equipment, technology and materials appropriate for research in the biological sciences

BA in Biology Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Biology 60
A. Required Courses  
  • General Biology I with Lab
  • General Biology II with Lab
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Precalculus
  • General Chemistry I with Lab
  • General Chemistry II with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry II with Lab
  • General Physics I with Lab
  • General Physics II with Lab
  • Liberal Arts Capstone
Biology Electives*
  • Analytical Laboratory Technology & Applications
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Behavior (Required to be taught from a biology department)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Aging
  • Biology of Non-Seed Plants
  • Biology of Seed Plants
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Cytology
  • Ecology
  • Embryology
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethical Issues in the Biological Sciences
  • Evolution
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Mycology
  • Ornithology
  • Parasitology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Public Health
  • Radiation Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Virology
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other Biology courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Calculus is recommended but not required.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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