Biology B.S. with a Concentration in Biomedical Science
VU Biology graduates should be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in general biology concepts and theories, as well as in self-selected biology sub-disciplines in order to succeed in careers and graduate programs.
- Illustrate sufficient proficiency in calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics in order to understand biological concepts involving these disciplines.
- Operate basic scientific instruments necessary for biological investigations such as microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis equipment and pH meters thus demonstrating competency in basic laboratory skills, cell culture, and field techniques.
- Design and conduct experiments –both individually and in small groups– using appropriate strategies such as: collect, organize, analyze, interpret, and present quantitative & qualitative data and incorporate them into the broader context of biological knowledge.
- Analyze and evaluate various types of scientific information including primary research articles, mass media sources and world-wide web information.
- Disseminate and present biological data with theoretical and historical perspectives –both in oral and written formats– to a diverse audience.
- Use critical and creative thinking to solve problems by compiling and analyzing scientific information from library, electronic, and experimental sources. Effectively apply current technology and scientific methodologies for problem solving.
- Articulate historical, current, and theoretical issues relating to biology and society within a Christ-centered worldview that allows for evaluation of the relationship of scientific theories with ethical and religious perspectives, particularly those common to Pentecostal Christians.
|Core Curriculum Requirements 1||43|
|Biology Major Core Requirements||52|
|Concentration in Biomedical Science Requirements||29-30|
Biology Major Requirements
|Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology|
and Principles of Biology Lab,Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
|Principles of Organismal Biology|
and Principles of Organismal Biology Lab
and Cell Biology Lab
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|Mechanics of Solids and Fluids|
and Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab
| General Physics I|
and General Physics I Lab
|Electricity and Magnetism|
and Electricity and Magnetsm Lab
| General Physics II|
and General Physics II Lab
|Lower Division Biology Elective (Lecture/Lab)||4|
and Microbiology Laboratory
and Genetics Laboratory
|BIOL-485||Undergrad Biological Research||2|
|or BIOL-488||Biology Senior Project|
|or BIOL-450||UG Research or Internship Program|
|or BIOL-406||Research Methods in Neurobiology|
|BIOL-499C||Capstone Seminar in Biology||2|
|Upper Division Biology Elective (Lecture/Lab)||4|
|Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
and Comp Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
and Human Physiology Lab
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Techniques I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Technqs II
and Experimental Tech/Biochemistry
|MATH-270C||Health Professions Statistical Methods||3|
|PSYC-103C||Introduction to Psychology 2||3|
|Select an upper division (300-400 level) lecture/laboratory courses from BIOL/BIOT 3||3-4|
Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below.
PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology is both a program requirement and fulfills a CORE Curriculum requirement.
In consultation with your academic advisor, select one lecture/lab combination that best aligns with your career goals. Additional course selections in Kinesiology or Psychology may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a bachelor's degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. Questions, contact the Department of Biology.
Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.
|Year 1 Term 1||Units|
|BIOL-111||Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOL-111L||Principles of Biology Lab,Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology Lab||1|
|CHEM-120||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM-120L||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|NT-101C||New Testament Survey||3|
|Year 1 Term 2|
|BIOL-112||Principles of Organismal Biology||3|
|BIOL-112L||Principles of Organismal Biology Lab||1|
|CHEM-121||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM-121L||General Chemistry II Lab||1|
|PSYC-103C||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Year 2 Term 1|
|BIOL-220L||Cell Biology Lab||1|
|CHEM-304||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM-304L||Organic Chemistry Techniques I||1|
|THEO-PLHD||Theology Core Requirement||3|
|KINE-148C||Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture||3|
|Year 2 Term 2|
|CHEM-305||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM-305L||Organic Chemistry Technqs II||1|
|OT-201C||Old Testament Survey||3|
|FINA-PLCR||Fine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement||3|
|Year 3 Term 1|
|BIOL-302||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy||3|
|BIOL-302L||Comp Vertebrate Anatomy Lab||1|
|PSCI-PLGP1||Physics 1 Requirement||4|
|COMM-201C||Speech Composition and Presentation||3|
|Year 3 Term 2|
|PSCI-PLGP2||Physics 2 Requirement||4|
|BIOL-304L||Human Physiology Lab||1|
|BIOL-485||Undergrad Biological Research||1-4|
|HIST-PLCR1||History Core Req (US Hist Or Democracy)||3|
|Year 4 Term 1|
|HIST-PLCR2||History Core Requirement (World Civ)||3|
|THEO-300C||Developing a Christian World View||3|
|SOC-PLCR||Social Science Core Curriculum Reqm't||3|
|Year 4 Term 2|
|BIOL-499C||Capstone Seminar in Biology||2|
|ENGL-230C||Literature and the Human Experience||3|
- Year 1, Term 1: Must pass the respective Chemistry and/or Math placement exam(s).
Year 1, Term 2: PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology is a Social Science requirement for this major.