Program Description

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

 

Program Overview

The Biology major will:

  • Prepare students for a variety of careers in biological science
  • Provide a background of skills, attitudes and knowledge needed for further study in professional and graduate schools
  • Promote enjoyment and appreciation of the organisms that populate our planet

Biology courses emphasize the diversity of life-forms that have evolved and the wide range of levels at which they can be studied: molecular to ecosystem. Many courses have laboratory and/or field components, and seminar, tutorial or independent project modes of instruction are also utilized. The program takes advantage of the College’s 1,600-acre setting in the New Jersey Pine Barrens close to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an area rich with diverse terrestrial, estuarine and marine habitats. Nearby are the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and many other federal, state, county and private wildlife preserves, in addition to research facilities on campus. The College has its own marine station. The laboratory complex includes a greenhouse, animal rooms, environmental growth chambers, computer apparatus for physiological studies, light microscopes of many descriptions, plant and animal tissue culture facilities, and modern biological instrumentation including centrifuges, thermocyclers, and instrumentation for automated DNA sequencing.

Due to the diversity of faculty and of Biology, Biology students have a lot of freedom in choosing their coursework. Courses should be selected to best prepare students after Stockton.

A Biology degree can:

  • Prepare students for a careers in biological science
  • Provide a background of skills, attitudes and knowledge needed for professional and graduate schools
  • Promote enjoyment and appreciation of the organisms that populate our planet.

Why Choose Biology at Stockton?

Highlights of Biology

  • All program faculty hold doctoral degrees from highly reputed institutions
  • Opportunity for one-on-one assistance
  • Biology seminar series
  • Research opportunities in field and laboratory work
  • Biology makes use of the 1,600–acre campus to support the mission of the department.
  • Talk to the professors about their research; they love to talk about it!

Concentrations
Concentration structures are informal and intended only for general guidance in selecting a coherent set of recommended courses that supplement the general requirements. It is recommended that students consult with their preceptor for guidance selecting courses.

The Biology Program offers B.A. and B.S. degrees with several tracks. Concentrations include:

Minors
The core course requirement contributes breadth and the elective component contributes depth in biology. The minor might be of interest to almost any student curious about the living world.  Please refer to the current Academic Bulletin for specific information on minors in Biology.



Sample Curriculum Schedule 

A sample curriculum is shown. It includes only program and cognate courses required for the Biology major; general education requirements are not shown.  Early declaration of a Biology major is advisable.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Bulletin for specific information on minors in Biology and additional information on the Biology program. For specific information on courses, please use the Catalog of Courses.  Transfer students, visit NJ Transfer to gauge transferability of courses.

Freshman
Fall  
BIOL 1200 and 1205 Cells and Molecules w/lab
CHEM 2110 and 2115 Chemistry I w/lab
Freshman Seminar: GAH, GEN, GNM or GSS 
MATH 1100 (Precalculus) or MATH 2215 Calculus I
   
Spring  
BIOL 1400 and 1405 Biodiversity and Evolution w/lab
CHEM 2120 and 2125 Chemistry II w/lab
General Studies elective: GAH, GEN, GNM or GSS
MATH 2215 Calculus I or MATH 2216 Calculus II or a Statistics course
   
Sophomore  
Fall  
BIOL 2210 and 2115 Genetics w/lab
CHEM 2130 Chemistry III w/lab
General Studies elective or a at-some-distance course PHYS 2110 Physics for Life Science I and 2115 PSL I Lab or PHYS 2220 Physics I and 2225 Physics I Lab
   
Spring  
Four courses from:  
BIOL 2210 Ecology BIOL 2130 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 2120 Botany BIOL 2600 Scientific Literacy
BIOL 2150 Physiology w/lab or any BIOL 3000–level course
CHEM 2140 Chemistry IV w/lab and General Studies or elective
or
at-some-distance course PHYS 2120 and 2125 Physics for Life Sciences II w/lab or PHYS 2230 and 2235 Physics II w/lab
 
Note: BIOL 2600 Scientific Literacy should be taken in the sophomore year. This course is not generally available in the Fall term. Students intending an internship or independent study should plan and prepare well before the start of the senior year, again with guidance form a faculty member.
 
Junior and Senior Years
The specific courses taken will depend on the student's interests in biology and on the degree desired (B.A. or B.S.). Advice from a Biology program preceptor is strongly recommended.