Department of Biology

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree; a minimum of 40 credits including:

BI120 Biological Diversity; Life, Origin & Phylogeny; Cellular Organization, Energetics, and Function,
BI121 Biological Unity; Cellular Organization, Energetics, and Function
BI201 Biological Literature
BI203 Data Collection and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
BI204 Biological Continuity and Change; Genetics and Evolution
BI205 Biological Interactions; Cell, Organism and Ecological Communication and Coordination
BI444 Biology Seminar

For the B.S. degree, a minimum of 12 credits of biology coursework must be taken at the 300 or 400 level

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree; a minimum of 30 credits including:

BI120 Biological Diversity
BI121 Biological Unity
BI201 Biological Literature (and)
BI444 Biology Seminar
BI204 Biological Continuity and Change
BI205 Biological Interactions
 

It is recommended that students who have completed General Biology I, II, at another institution take BI320 Cell Biology in place of BI121 Biological Unity to satisfy their core requirement in cell biology.

For the B.S. or B.A. degree, required courses in related fields include:

B.S.: MA115 Calculus I 
B.A.: MA109 College Algebra
B.S. and B.A.: CH113; 114 General Chemistry I and II
B.S. and B.A.: CH223; 224 Organic Chemistry I and II
B.S.: PH121; 122 General Physics I and II
B.A.: PH111,112 Physics in Everyday Life I and II, or PH121,112, or PH121;122

All majors pursuing the B.S. or B.A. degree in Biology are required to take a department-administered Major Field Test before graduation. A Georgian Court biology GPA of 2.50 Is required for graduation.

Requirements for the Minor in Biology:

A minimum of 24 biology credits is required, including either Option One (8 credits) or Option Two (8 credits):
Option One: BI111 and (BI112 or BI120)
Option Two: BI121 and BI204
At least 12 of the 24 biology credits must be earned at Georgian Court. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in biology courses is required. Also required are (CH111;112), or (CH113;114), or (CH151;211), or 8 credits of chemistry approved by the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Honors in Biology

Students who meet the following requirements will graduate with a B.S. in Biology, with honors in biology:

 
  1. Minimum biology GPA of 3.5;
  2. Completion of at least 8 elective credits of biology course work at the 300 or 400 level, excluding:
    BI404; 405 Externship I and II
    BI425 Independent Study (and)
    BI446; 447 Research Problem in Biology I and II (and)
  3. Completion of either Option 1 or Option 2 as follows: 
    Option 1:  Completion of 6 credits of BI446;447, culminating in a written paper and an oral presentation in a forum open to the public (e.g., GCU Undergraduate Research Evening, Beta Beta Beta District Meeting, New Jersey Academy of Science Annual Meeting).   
    Option 2:  Completion of at least 4 credits of BI446; 447, culminating in a written paper and an oral presentation in a forum open to the public (e.g., GCU Undergraduate Research Evening, Beta Beta Beta District Meeting, New Jersey Academy of Science Annual Meeting) and completion of 2 credits of BI404 or BI405 Internship I or II culminating in a term paper and oral presentation of the internship experience.
 

All biology majors who have completed 16 credits of Georgian Court biology courses will have their status reviewed by the biology faculty members. Those with a Georgian Court biology GPA of less than 2.50 may be advised and required to change their major.

Allied Health Technologies, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Medical Imaging Sciences Majors with a Minor in Biology

These are joint degree programs with the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) in Newark and Scotch Plains. At Georgian Court, students take a specific set of science courses leading to a minor in biology, and complete the general education (physical education, humanities and social sciences) requirements at Georgian Court. This adds up to a total of 93 to 96 Georgian Court credits depending on the student’s choice of program. Prior to the end of the junior year, the student applies to the Rutgers of Health Related Professions. For the B.S. in Allied Health Technologies, the student chooses respiratory care.  For the B.S. in Medical Imaging Sciences, the student chooses one of the following specialties: diagnostic medical sonography, vascular sonography, cardiac sonography, or nuclear medicine. For the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the student chooses one of the following specialties: cytotechnology or medical laboratory science. If accepted, the student spends 12 to 15 months taking the specialized courses (36–44 credits) in the field of study. At the conclusion of the period of study at Rutgers, the student earns a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Technologies with a minor in biology, Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences, or a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a minor in biology, jointly awarded by Georgian Court University and Rutgers. Georgian Court does not guarantee acceptance into any Rutgers program. Rutgers generally expects applicants to have earned no grade lower than a C in the required science courses and to have a minimum GPA of at least 2.75 (requirements subject to change). Meeting or exceeding the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance into the Rutgers program.  Some Rutgers courses are taught online.

Allied Health Technologies Major with a Minor in Biology OR MEDICAL IMAGING SCIENCES MAJOR WITH A MINOR IN BIOLOGY
(Requirements for all Specializations)

Biology:
BI121 Biological Unity
BI204 Biological Continuity
BI213; 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
One of the following courses (BI219 Microbiology, BI320 Cell Biology, BI322 Molecular Genetics, BI407 Neurobiology, BI427 Immunology, BI437 Biochemistry I, BI490 Developmental Biology [BI322 is strongly recommended)
One 4-credit biology elective (one of the seven courses in the previous list is recommended).

Chemistry:
CH113; 114 General Chemistry I and II
CH223 Organic Chemistry I

Mathematics or Computer Science:
MA110 Precalculus (or)
MA115 Calculus I (or)
CS105 Computer Literacy (or)
CS111 Foundations of Computer Science

In addition, student must have demonstrated proficiency in mathematics through the level of college algebra. Such proficiency may be demonstrated by a mathematics placement test or a college course in college algebra.

Physics:
PH111; 112 How Things Work: Physics in Everyday Life I and II (or)
PH121; 122 General Physics I and II

Statistics:
BI203 Data Collection and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (or)
PS430 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or)
SO201 Social Statistics

Recommended electives, particularly for students planning to seek an advanced degree in science: CH224 and MA116. All of the preceding required courses must be completed prior to entry into the UMDNJ portion of the program.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Major with a Minor in Biology for RUTGERS Cytotechnology Program

Biology:
BI121 Biological Unity
BI204 Biological Continuity and Change
BI213; 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
BI219 Microbiology
BI427 Immunology
BI437 Biochemistry I

Chemistry:
CH113; 114 General Chemistry I and II
CH223; 224 Organic Chemistry I and II

Mathematics:
MA110 Precalculus

Statistics:
BI203 Data Collection and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (or)
SO201 Social Statistics

A Histology course is required but may be taken at UMDNJ in the summer prior to beginning studies in the Cytotechnology program. Recommended elective: BI320 or BI427.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences Major with a Minor in Biology for RUTGERS Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology) Program

Biology:
BI121 Biological Unity
BI204 Biological Continuity and Change
BI213; 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
BI219 Microbiology
BI427 Immunology
BI437 Biochemistry I

Chemistry:
CH113; 114 General Chemistry I and II
CH223; 224 Organic Chemistry I and II

Mathematics:
MA110 Precalculus

Statistics:
BI203 Data Collection and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (or)
SO201 Social Statistics

Minor Sequence in Biology for Students Other than Those in the Above Rutgers Programs

A minimum of 24 biology credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required, including:
BI111 Life: Human Biology (and)
BI112 Life: Evolution, Organisms, Ecology (or)
BI121 Biological Unity
BI204 Biological Continuity and Change

At least twelve of these biology credits must be earned at Georgian Court. Also required are CH113;114 General Chemistry I and II.

Other Information and Opportunities

Course Advisement

Individualized, semester-by-semester course advisement is available for all students based on their career interests. For example, students interested in medicine will follow a pre-medical, pre-veterinary or pre-dental curriculum. Recent graduates have entered medical, dental and veterinary schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the biological sciences, allied health programs, pre-college teaching and careers in industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Medicine

Students may obtain a B.S. in Biology. The student should become familiar with the specific requirements of the professional school of their choice and use this knowledge, along with department advisement, to select courses. In addition to the core of required courses for the B.S. degree, the department strongly recommends the following courses:
BI213; 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
BI437; 438 Biochemistry I and II

Also recommended:
BI219 Microbiology
BI407 Neurobiology
BI427 Immunology
BI446; 447 Research Problems in Biology

Preprofessional students should take their professional school admission test during their junior year.

Medical Technology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center:

Students follow a designated program in biology at Georgian Court for three years, following the recommendations of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. This program includes the required biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics courses for a B.S. in Biology degree plus, as biology electives, certain courses that prepare the student for the medical technology program. For the fourth year, students take courses in medical technology at an affiliated hospital, and receive Georgian Court biology credit for those courses by registering for BI401 and BI402 at Georgian Court. At the completion of the fourth year, students receive a B.S. in Biology from Georgian Court. After passing a nationally administered examination, they become registered Medical Technologists (MT-ASCP).

Application for admission to medical technology programs takes place during the junior year. Georgian Court is affiliated with the Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, New Jersey) and Monmouth Medical Center (Long Branch, New Jersey). Students are responsible for applying to the program of their choice.

Georgian Court does not guarantee acceptance into a program. Students wishing to complete four years at Georgian Court may also apply to nonaffiliated medical centers.

Chiropractic

Georgian Court has an agreement with New York Chiropractic College (Seneca Falls, NY) that enables qualified students to complete the baccalaureate degree at Georgian Court and the doctor of chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College in just 6.33 years. This is one year less than the normal time. Students follow a designated Prechiropractic Program at Georgian Court for three years. During the junior year, students apply to New York Chiropractic College, which accepts all Georgian Court students who successfully complete the Prechiropractic Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission. Students spend the fourth year of study taking courses at New York Chiropractic College. At the completion of the fourth year, students receive a B.S. in Biology from Georgian Court. After an additional two years and four months of study at New York Chiropractic College, students receive the D.C. degree from New York Chiropractic College. Students wishing to complete four years at Georgian Court may also apply to nonaffiliated chiropractic colleges.

Nursing

Georgian Court University offers a four-year baccalaureate program that grants a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is a partnership between Georgian Court University and Meridian Health.

In addition, Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing, which offers the oldest baccalaureate program in nursing in New Jersey, and Georgian Court, have entered into a partnership with several South Jersey healthcare systems to offer an accelerated Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program on the campus of Georgian Court. College graduates who have an interest and aptitude to aspire to careers as professional nurses may be eligible for this program. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and complete prerequisite courses (which are offered at Georgian Court) prior to starting the nursing program. The prerequisite courses (a total of 25 credits) may be accepted from the student’s first bachelor’s degree or may be taken at Georgian Court or at another regionally accredited institution. They are Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 credits; BI213 and B1214), Chemistry (must include some organic and biochemistry) (4 credits; CH151), Microbiology (4 credits; B1219), Developmental Psychology (3 credits); Healthcare Ethics (3 credits; PL154), Statistics (3 credits; BI203, S0201, or PS340).

Students do not have to have completed the prerequisite courses prior to applying to the B.S.N. program. Most applicants submit their application to Seton Hall University while they are still working on completing their prerequisite courses. Students will submit a “grid sheet” listing prerequisite courses completed and the courses that still need to be completed. The grid sheet is available in the application packet or by going online to http://www.shu.edu/academics/nursing/.

The program consists of 64 credits of nursing courses, taken in an accelerated program over 14 months. It is a full-time program. Seton Hall University faculty members teach all nursing theory courses at the Georgian Court campus. Clinical experiences are planned in area hospitals and healthcare facilities. Upon completion of the program, Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing will award the bachelor of science in nursing degree to the graduates. In exchange for employment agreements, special financial aid opportunities may be available with healthcare system partners that have partnered with Seton Hall University and Georgian Court University.

To apply to the program, the student must apply to Seton Hall University. Further information and an application packet may be obtained by calling Seton Hall University at 732.987.2621. To take the prerequisite courses at Georgian Court, students may contact the Georgian Court Office of Admissions for a B.S.N. Nonmatriculating Student Application. Please visit the Seton Hall University College of Nursing Web site at http://www.shu.edu/academics/nursing/.

Teacher of Biology Certification

Students fulfill requirements for the baccalaureate degree in biology. In addition to the core of required courses for the biology degree, the department recommends the following courses for the pre-teaching program:
BI213; 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
BI315 Environmental Biology

For required professional courses in education, please refer to the School of Education section of the Undergraduate Catalog.


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