Biological Sciences

B.S. in Biology

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The goal of the Biological Sciences Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter a career or graduate program in the biological sciences.The Program aims to provide quality education in the life sciences to a diverse student body using wide ranging and experiential classroom interventions. The objective is to create and maintain a challenging, yet supportive learning environment which facilitates student success in the field of science.

The program offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology, which provides students with a rigorous background in the field. Students interested in Nursing may also pursue an Associate degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on Biology, which provides them with the necessary prerequisites for Nursing School. The Biological Sciences program is designed to increase and optimize the student’s future opportunities. It prepares them for graduate work, entrance exams, professional and/or research-oriented further studies and careers in biology and health sciences. To elaborate, the University offers courses such Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Statistics, Life Span Development and Abnormal Psychology, most of which are the prerequisites for nursing school.


Program Objectives

The educational objectives of the Biological Sciences Program are to produce graduates who:
  • Describe the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at molecular, cellular and organismal levels.
  • Explain the relationship between life forms and their environment and ecosystems.
  • Find, select and evaluate various types of scientific information including primary research articles, mass media sources and web information.
  • Effectively analyze and apply scientific knowledge and methodologies for evaluating scientific issues that affect daily life and society.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the biological sciences by passing the MFAT exam at the end of the degree program.
A graduate in Biology can pursue the following career opportunities:
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physician and Surgeon
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist
  • Research: Biochemist or Biophysicist
  • Microbiologist
  • Food or Environmental Scientist
  • Zoologist or Wildlife Biologist
  • Lab technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Health Educator
  • Law: Medical Malpractice or Environmental Attorney
  • Neurotechnologist

Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology requires a minimum of 180 credit hours distributed as follows:

1. Graduation Requirements

180 credits

General Education Core Courses (64 Credit Hours)

Major Core Courses (100 Credit Hours)

Elective Courses (16 Credit Hours)

2. Mandatory Courses

(included in the 180 credits)

  • English Senior Seminar
  • Computer Science 101
  • EWU Signature Course
  • Biology Capstone

3. Pass MFAT exam in Biology

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology Total Course Requirement: 180 credit hours

General Education Core Courses

(64 credit hours)

*indicates mandatory courses for graduation
Remedial courses do not count towards graduation.

English and Communications

(20 credit hours)

EN151 Rhetoric and Style
EN152 Writing from Sources
EN157 Practical Research Writing
EN166 Speech
EN491 Senior Seminar

Mathematics and Science

(20 credit hours)

MT153 General Education Math
MT155 Intermediate Algebra
MT158 College Algebra
MT221 Fundamentals of Statistics
--- Science

Behavioral & Social Sciences and Humanities

(20 credit hours)

HM279 East-West Signature Course
PS101 Introduction to Psychology
PS311 Life Span Development
PS330 Abnormal Psychology
SC101 Introduction to Sociology

Computer and Information Science

(4 credit hours)

CI101 Computer Technology and Applications

Major Courses

(100 credit hours)

Core Courses

(48 credit hours)

BL111/112 Biology of the Cell/Lab 6
BL121/122 Biology of the Organism/Lab 6
BL227/228 Botany/Lab 6
BL230/231 Zoology/Lab 6
CH111/112 Inorganic Chemistry I/Lab 6
CH151/152 Inorganic Chemistry II/Lab 6
CH211/212 Organic Chemistry I/Lab 6
CH261/262 Organic Chemistry II/Lab 6

Major Field Courses + Capstone

(52 credit hours)

PH110/111 College Physics I/Lab 6
PH210/211 College Physics II/Lab 6
BL289 Seminar in Biology 4
BL340 Scientific Research 4
BL391 Biostatistics 4
BL202/203 Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab 6
BL202/203 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 6
BL351 Genetics 4
BL210/211 Microbiology/Lab 6
CH351 Biochemistry 4
BL451 Molecular Physiology 4
BL499* Senior Project Capstone 4

Elective Courses

(16 credit hours)

CI213 Desktop Applications 4

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 48 or 24 credit hours of work completed in residence (at least half of which should be in the major) is required for students working towards a bachelor’s or an associate degree respectively. Residency is defined as class work which is completed by a student at East-West University during a quarter. No extension course, credit by examination, assessment of experiential learning, or HEB/ESL course applies towards residency requirement.

GPA Requirement

Minimum grade point average required for advancement and graduation:
Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 to remain in good standing in the program.

Policies on Provisional or Probationary Status

  • Students who fail to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 will be placed on probation. Students will have two quarters to raise their overall grade point average to 2.0 or above, or they may be dropped from the program at the discretion of the Program Director.
  • Students who do not achieve a 2.00 average for the program will not graduate.

Assessment Program Requirements

As part of qualifying for graduation, all students scheduled to complete degree programs must satisfy all requirements of the University’s assessment program. This program assesses the student’s competencies in two basic areas:

Degree Assessment Exam

Associate General Education
Bachelor’s Major Field Aptitude Test (MFAT)

Students in the final year of their program are eligible for this assessment.