Department of Biology

Chair: Dr. Sean Bignami

The Biology Department strives to develop wise and honorable citizens capable of excelling as witnesses of Christ and in their vocations within the biological sciences or elsewhere.  Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts or Science in biology will be able to articulate their understanding of the natural world, address pressing social and scientific challenges from a Christian perspective, and continue to recognize their world views in order to gain the ability to confidently approach, analyze, and solve academic, social, and theological challenges with which students improve their understanding of the natural world, their own faith, and their role in society.

Biology Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate competency of content in genetics and cell, molecular and organismal biology.
  • Apply appropriate mathematical and statistical analysis to data.
  • Read, analyze and critique primary scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate competency in basic scientific laboratory techniques.
  • Articulate a Christian worldview from a Lutheran perspective on various scientific topics.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degree:

Biology

Bachelor of Science Degree:

Biology

Biology: Bachelor of Arts Degree

Note: Students who select the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology must take CHE 221 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

Core
BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
BIO 496Research in Biology2
BIO 499Senior Thesis1
CHE 222Chemistry II4
SCI 455History and Philosophy of Science3
SCI 495Research Methods1
Choose 1 of the following courses:4
Molecular Genetics4
Population Genetics4
Choose 1 of the following courses:4
Evolutionary Zoology4
Molecular and Cellular Biology4
General Microbiology4
Electives
Choose a minimum of 23 units from the following courses (* if not taken above):23
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Molecular Genetics *4
Population Genetics *4
Ecology4
Marine Biology4
Plant Biology4
Evolutionary Zoology *4
Molecular and Cellular Biology *4
General Microbiology *4
Biostatistics3
Field Biology Techniques3
Organic Chemistry I4
Organic Chemistry II4
Introduction to Biochemistry4
Introduction to Statistics3
Bioethics and Healthcare Professions3
Earth Science3
Ocean Science4
Total Units50

Biology: Bachelor of Science Degree

Note: Students who select the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology must take CHE 221 and MTH 271 in Enduring Questions & Ideas (GE).

Core
BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
BIO 355Biostatistics3
BIO 496Research in Biology2
BIO 499Senior Thesis1
CHE 222Chemistry II4
CHE 321Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 322Organic Chemistry II4
MTH 272Calculus II5
SCI 455History and Philosophy of Science3
SCI 495Research Methods1
Choose 1 of the following courses:4
Molecular Genetics4
Population Genetics4
Choose 1 of the following courses:4
Evolutionary Zoology4
Molecular and Cellular Biology4
General Microbiology4
Choose 1 of the following course pairings:8
Physics I4
Physics II4
OR
Calculus-based Physics I4
Calculus-based Physics II4
Electives
Choose a minimum of 20 units from the following courses (* if not taken above):20
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Molecular Genetics *4
Population Genetics *4
Ecology4
Marine Biology4
Plant Biology4
Evolutionary Zoology *4
Molecular and Cellular Biology *4
General Microbiology *4
Field Biology Techniques3
Introduction to Biochemistry4
Introduction to Statistics3
Bioethics and Healthcare Professions3
Earth Science3
Ocean Science4
Total Units71

Undergraduate Minor

Biology

Biology Minor

BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
Choose 4 of the following courses:13-16
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Molecular Genetics4
Ecology4
Plant Biology4
Evolutionary Zoology4
Molecular and Cellular Biology4
General Microbiology4
Research in Biology2
History and Philosophy of Science3
Total Units21-24

Biology Programs

Information for students interested in pursuing a career in the medical professions:

Prerequisites for graduate studies in the medical professions differ by the discipline (e.g. M.D., D.O., D.D.S., R.N., D.P.T., etc.) as well as by the school. The Biology Department at Concordia University Irvine can direct students to the proper coursework needed to help them achieve their professional goals. Students interested in a medical profession should make an appointment with Medical Science Program Director, Prof. Scott Gaines (NOTE: A Biology degree is NOT required to apply to medical science professional schools and students from other majors are encouraged to meet with Prof. Gaines to discuss graduate opportunities in the medical sciences).