Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2021-2022 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2021-2022 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

Correlative Courses

Success in the discipline of biology requires some additional training beyond the biology classroom. Students must therefore complete two courses in chemistry and one course from the menu of quantitative reasoning courses offered below. 

Elective Tracks

The core courses in the biology major expose students to a range of sub-disciplines and methods that span the breadth and depth of biology as a science. To complete their education, each student will select a track within biology and take three additional courses at the 20000-level or higher (except as noted) to gain additional experience and expertise within that chosen area. Elective tracks in biology:

  • Organismal Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Genes, Genomes, and Cells
  • Bio-Innovation
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Coursework recommended for each track is listed below. Note that students may opt to modify and redesign their own areas of expertise or take alternate courses to fulfill requirements within a track with the advice and consent of their biology program advisor.

Teaching Biology

Students interested in a career in teaching biology may need to obtain additional required classes for state licensure. They should meet with an advisor in the education program as early as possible in their career at Hiram to ensure timely completion of all licensure requirements.

Pre-Medical or Pre-Veterinary

Students interested in a career in human or veterinary medicine who major in biology may be required to take multiple additional correlative courses outside the biology major if they wish to be competitive in their application to med or vet school. These correlatives are set by the med or vet schools and are not required to complete the biology major at Hiram College. These correlatives may include PHYS 11300 PRINCIPLES PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM/PHYS 11400 PRINCIPLES PHYSICS II-W/LAB:SM or PHYS 21300 FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM/PHYS 21400 FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM as well as PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY and SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA. Students should meet with their biology program advisor early in their college career to ensure they are on track to graduate from Hiram with all the necessary prerequisites for the med or vet schools of their choice.

Biomedical Engineering (as Part of Engineering 3+2 Program with CWRU or WUSTL)

 Students can substitute the Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence (BIOL 13100 ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY I:W/LAB & BIOL 13300 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II-W/LAB) for the Introductory Biology sequence (BIOL 15100 INTRO BIOL I W/LAB: SM & BIOL 15200 INTRO BIO II W/LAB:SM). One BIOL elective and the APEX capstone are waived. Students interested in the biomedical engineering option should talk with Mark Taylor, Professor of Physics, as early as possible to make sure that they can complete the Hiram College portion of the 3+2 program on time. 

Pre-Physical Therapy

Students interested in a career in physical therapy who major in biology may be required to take multiple additional correlative courses outside the biology major if they wish to be competitive in their application to PT school. These correlatives are set by the PT schools and are not required to complete the biology major at Hiram College. Some of these correlatives include PHYS 11300 PRINCIPLES PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM/PHYS 11400 PRINCIPLES PHYSICS II-W/LAB:SM or PHYS 21300 FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM/PHYS 21400 FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM, as well as PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY and SOCI 15500 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY:CA, and MATH 10800 STATISTICS:MM. Students should meet with their biology program advisor early in their college career to ensure they are on track to graduate from Hiram with all the necessary prerequisites for the PT schools of their choice.

Core Courses
BIOL 15100INTRO BIOL I W/LAB: SM4
BIOL 15200INTRO BIO II W/LAB:SM4
BIOL 23000MOLECULAR&CELLULAR BIOL-W/LAB4
BIOL/EVST 27800ECOLOGY-W/LAB4
BIOL 36500GENETICS-W/LAB4
BIOL 48110APPRENTICESHIP EXPERIENCE (APEX)2
Correlative Courses
CHEM 12000GEN I:STRUCTURE/BOND-W/LAB:SM4
CHEM 12100GEN II:INTR CHEM ANLS-W/LAB:SM4
Select one of the following:4
STATISTICS:MM
CALCULUS I:MM
PRINCIPLES PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM
FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM
RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS:SM
Elective Tracks
Select one of the following tracks and take three additional courses at the 20000-level or higher of the following:9-12
Organismal Biology
Select three of the following, including at least one plant course & one zoology course:
VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY-W/LAB
INTRO WILDLIFE MGMT-W/LAB:SM
SEM: (Plant Biology w/Lab)
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY-W/LAB
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB
SEM: (Ornithology)
SEM: (Herpetology)
Ecology and Evolution
EVOLUTION
Select two of the following:
VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY-W/LAB
INTRO WILDLIFE MGMT-W/LAB:SM
SEM: (Plant Biology w/Lab)
FIELD BIOLOGY-W/LAB
FISHERIES BIOLOGY-W/LAB
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY-W/LAB
MARINE ECOLOGY-W/LAB
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY-W/LAB
Teaching Biology
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
Select two of the following, including at least one plant biology course:
VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY-W/LAB
SEM: (Plant Biology w/Lab)
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY-W/LAB
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
EVOLUTION
Genes, Genomes and Cells
Select three of the following:
INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE
TOPICS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH
CELLULAR & MOLECULAR NEUROBIO
MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB
DEVELOPMENTAL BIOL-W/LAB
IMMUNOLOGY
ADV MOLECULAR BIOL-W/LAB
BIOINFORMATICS
Bio-Innovation
SCIENCE & THE ENTREPRENEUR
Select two biology electives at the 30000-level or higher 1
Pre-Medical or Pre-Veterinary
BASIC BIOCHEMISTRY-W/LAB 2
Select two of the following:
VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY-W/LAB
INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
MICROBIOLOGY-W/LAB
IMMUNOLOGY
SEM: (Cancer Biology)
PARASITOLOGY
Biomedical Engineering (as part of Engineering 3+2 program with CWRU or WUSTL)
CALCULUS I:MM
CALCULUS II:MM
CALCULUS III:MM
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS:MM
INTRO TO ORGANIC CHEM-W/LAB
FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM
FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM
JAVA SUPPLEMENT
INTRO TO PROGRAMMING-W/LAB:MM
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
Select one of the following:
INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE
VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY-W/LAB
Pre-Physical Therapy
ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY I:W/LAB
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II-W/LAB
Select one of the following:
VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY-W/LAB
INTRO TO NEUROSCIENCE
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY-W/LAB
DEVELOPMENTAL BIOL-W/LAB
IMMUNOLOGY
Total Hours43-46

APEX

The apprenticeship experience, or APEX, is designed as the culmination of a student's program in biology BIOL 48110 APPRENTICESHIP EXPERIENCE. The APEX allows each student to apply their expertise in a variety of contexts. This concrete experience can be achieved through an independent or collaborative research project on campus, a research techniques course and project, an internship off campus, or student teaching of biology in middle or secondary school. All students prepare and submit a scientific paper to the faculty supervisor and present a public lecture based upon the apprenticeship experience. Majors are required to meet with their biology faculty advisor no later than the advising period in the fall semester of the junior year to discuss options for the apprenticeship experience.  APEX is also considered the capstone course for Biology majors.

Requirements for Honors in Biology

To be a candidate for honors in the APEX program in biology, a student must satisfy the College requirements for honors and must initiate and complete a high quality apprenticeship (APEX). The student must conduct themself in a professional manner from inception to culmination of the apprenticeship experience.

Phi Beta Kappa

To receive the honor of induction into the Hiram College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a biology major must complete the major (any track is acceptable), maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher, take and pass a foreign language through the 20200-level, and take and pass a mathematics course at or above 19800-level.

Pathway

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
BIOL 15100 INTRO BIOL I W/LAB: SM 4
CHEM 12000 GEN I:STRUCTURE/BOND-W/LAB:SM 4
FYEN 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3
 Hours3
Spring 12 Week
BIOL 15200 INTRO BIO II W/LAB:SM 4
CHEM 12100 GEN II:INTR CHEM ANLS-W/LAB:SM 4
FYUR 10201 FIRST-YEAR URGENT QUESTIONS 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3
 Hours3
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
BIOL 27800 ECOLOGY-W/LAB 4
PHYS 11300 PRINCIPLES PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
BIOL XXXXXBiology Elective 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
UCS 38000 SEM: (URGENT CHALLENGES SEMINAR) 4
BIOL 23000 MOLECULAR&CELLULAR BIOL-W/LAB 4
BIOL XXXXXBiology Elective 1 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement, Elective, or Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
BIOL 36500 GENETICS-W/LAB 4
BIOL XXXXXBiology Elective 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
BIOL 48110 APPRENTICESHIP EXPERIENCE ((APEX)) 2
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
Urgent Challenge Seminar 4
Hiram Core Requirement or Elective 3-4
 Hours13-14
Fall 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Major Course if needed or Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours12-16
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
 Total Hours121-132