Livingstone College

Biology

Welcome to the Biology Department at Livingstone College. The mission of the Biology Department is to provide students with a world-class education and academic experiences designed to prepare undergraduate students for science and engineering careers and advanced studies. In general, Biology is the study of the structure, function, and development of living systems and encompasses many sub-disciplines and investigative techniques.

The caring and committed Biology Department faculty and staff work diligently to:

  • Provide a sound scientific background for those who will enter entry-level
    positions related to biology and for students who plan to enroll in
    graduate school, medical school, and other health professional schools
  • Provide hands-on laboratory experiences and research training experiences
  • Assist in the development of the students’ problem-solving and critical thinking
    skills to ensure success on standardized admissions examinations and beyond
  • Assist in the development of scientific communication skills and computational
    skills necessary to succeed in a global technologically sophisticated society
  • Offer students outreach opportunities through volunteer service to practice service

Resources

Biology Resources
Career Resources
Biology Faculty

Biology Department
Duncan Science Building – 109
Office: (704) 216-6137
Fax: (704) 216-5842
gdunlap@livingstone.edu

The Biology Department offers introductory and advanced courses in Biology and Chemistry as well as introductory courses in physical science and environmental science. The Biology department offers one major and one minor:
Major
B.S. in Biology (128 Semester Hours)

Minor
Minor in Chemistry (20 Semester Hours)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology degree provides fundamental coursework for students interested in a career in the biological sciences (e.g., biochemistry, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology) or health-related careers (e.g., dentistry, medicine, nursing, veterinary science). A total of 128 semester hours is required to obtain the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology degree at Livingstone College. Sixty-three semester hours of general education courses must be completed during the Freshman and Sophomore year and sixty-five semester hours of required Biology major courses must be completed during the Junior and Senior year.

Prospective Biology majors must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. Students who do not have an overall GPA of 2.5 will be not be admitted in the Biology Department.

Moreover, students designated as Biology majors at Livingstone College must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain in good academic standing in the Biology department. The academic transcripts of undergraduate students in the Biology department will be reviewed after the most recently completed semester by the Biology Department Chair and Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences to verify adherence to the Biology department’s GPA requirements. Students who do not meet the minimum academic standards (e.g., have an overall GPA of less than 2.5) will be directed to another major with the assistance of their academic advisor.

All courses taken by Biology majors at Livingstone College will be used in the calculation of the overall GPA. If a student retakes a course for not meeting the minimum grade requirement only the highest grade will be used in the GPA calculation. A grade of “D” or better is required in all courses taken in the Freshman and Sophomore year according the plan of study for Biology majors.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses taken in the Junior and Senior year according the plan of study for Biology majors. All seniors majoring in Biology are required to complete the Major Field Test in Biology before graduation. The Major Field Test in Biology is typically administered in the Spring semester of each academic year. Students interested in declaring Biology as a major must complete the Declaration of Major Form and submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. The Plan of Study for Biology majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology is shown below. Complete the last 30 credit hours in residence at Livingstone College (transfer students must complete the last 36 credit hours at Livingstone College).

To view the Plan of Study for Biology Majors, please view the Student Course Catalog

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