Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Biology major at Albertus Magnus College also offers students opportunities to develop practical experience, through participation in faculty-directed research and career-related internship experiences. Moreover, students interested in earning a teaching certificate in secondary education in biology may follow the approved sequence leading to initial teacher certification offered by our Education Programs Department. The B.S. in biology is the best choice for a major for those planning to teach biology at the secondary level. Students interested in teaching science at the middle school level need a variety of science courses including biology. Please contact our Education Programs Department for additional information.

A major in Biology leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree provides broad preparation including pre-medical, pre-veterinary, and pre-dental training. Our department gives the student the basic entrance requirements for a variety of U.S. colleges of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Entrance into these colleges is highly competitive. The completion of the degree does not guarantee acceptance. Albertus Magnus graduates have gone on to pursue medical, dental, and veterinary medical degrees.

The video shows Drosophila (fruit fly) larvae. The students are using Drosophila to study the inheritance patterns of specific mutations through different generations.

Science at Albertus

The sciences here at Albertus go back to the early days of our history. In 1927 Marcella O’Grady Boveri arrived at this fledgling college to establish a department of science. Her background was amazing for a woman of her time: she was, in 1885, the first woman to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in biology; she studied comparative zoology and embryology at Bryn Mawr; and by 1893 she had become a full professor at Vassar. Three years later, she was admitted to study science at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, the first woman ever granted acceptance to the science program there. At Wurzburg, she studied with Theodor Boveri, director of the Zoological–Zootomical Institute and one of the world’s first cancer researchers. They married in 1897 and worked together on the chromosome theory of cancer until his death in 1915.

Marcella Boveri remained in Germany until 1926 when she returned to the United States for what was supposed to be just a brief visit: however, fortuitously for Albertus, she learned from a friend who was married to a former Yale University dean that the new liberal arts college in New Haven was looking for a woman of distinction to create and run its science department. When her contacts at Yale assured her that the resources of its Osborn Zoological Laboratory and Yale libraries would be available to her, she accepted the offer from Albertus. Marcella Boveri remained at Albertus until she retired in 1943; she died in October 1950.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Genetic Counseling

Veterinary Medicine

Wildlife Specialist




Program Of Study (42 Credits)

Biology Courses

BI 111 General Biology I

BI 111L General Biology Laboratory I

BI 112 General Biology II

BI 112L General Biology II Laboratory

BI 216 Cell Biology

BI 216L Cell Biology Laboratory

BI 310 Genetics

BI 310L Genetics Laboratory

CH 121 General Chemistry I

CH 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 122 General Chemistry II

CH 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I

CH 221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II

CH 222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

SC 131 General Physics I

SC 131L General Physics I Laboratory

SC 132 General Physics II

SC 132L General Physics II Laboratory

SC 351 Senior Science Seminar I

SC 352 Senior Science Seminar II

Required Correlatives: (10 credits)

MA 120 or MA 121 Pre-Calculus or Calculus

CH 324 Biochemistry

CH 324L Biochemistry Laboratory

SC 302 Internship/Practica Additional electives may be selected from Biology or Chemistry courses.

Biology Minor (20 credits)

Students wishing to complete a minor in Biology are required to take: BI 111, BI 111L, BI 112, BI 112L, and three additional 200-300 level biology (BI) courses w/labs.