The Biology Major at Stetson

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In this new century, biologists will play an important role in society by preserving endangered species, conserving vanishing land and resources, and implementing new medical advances. Stetson Biology students learn to value objectivity, to develop a sense of responsibility towards preserving natural systems, to work as effective team members, and to understand the dynamic nature of scientific knowledge.

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 At Stetson, students may obtain either a Bachelor of Science Degree or a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology. In both majors we stress a hands-on approach to learning. All Biology courses include lab sessions and all students are required to complete a senior research project. In these research projects students move beyond simply learning what is already known and begin to generate new knowledge.

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Course Requirements for Biology Majors

General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lower-Division Major Requirements

  • BIOL 141, 142 and 244 (Introductory Biology sequence)
  • BIOL 243 (Biostatistics)
  • CHEM 141 and 142 (General Chemistry)
  • MATH 125Q or MATH 130

Upper-Division Major Requirements

  • BIOL 497 (Research Proposal)
  • BIOL 498 (Senior Research)
  • BIOL 499 (Senior Seminar)
  • 4 additional 300 or 400 level courses in the department.


  • Students considering graduate study should take Physics 121 and 122 as well as Organic Chemistry (CHEM 201 and 301).

In addition to the biology major, this department also offers degrees in Aquatic and Marine Biology and Molecular Biology.

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