Biology Total Program: 80-89 Credits

The biology program aims to develop, in students, an appreciation for and knowledge of the fundamental principles of biology necessary to prepare them for: professional schools, such as medical, dental and pharmaceutical science; medical laboratory science; graduate study and research; and those techniques used in teaching biological science at the secondary school level.

Core: 32 credits
BIO 103, 104, 221, 303/309, 304/311, 320, SCI 402; either SCI 480 or SCI 406/407.

Related Area: 34-36 credits
CHE 104/110, 105/111, 107, 201/210, 202/211; PHY 200/201; MAT 209, 220,230, 131 recommended.

Electives: 14-20 credits
BIO 115/116 or 107/117 & 108/118, 205, 208, 211, 216, 320, 405, 409, 410.
Students are encouraged to conduct an independent research project. Permission from the instructor is required.

Minor: 17 credits

A minor in biology consists of eight credits at the 100 level (either BIO 103 and 104 or BIO 107/117 and 108/118); at least three credits at the 200 level; and at least six credits at the 300/400 level.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program:

The biology major can be followed as a 3+3 year curricular track leading to potential matriculation into the DPT Program in the senior year. That biology curricular track and the 8 semester plan for the 3+3 year curricular track are specifically detailed and differ from the 8 semester plans for the 4 year undergraduate major in biology. For further information about the accelerated 3+3 year biology/DPT Program track, visit the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program homepage at or contact the DPT Program Director, Dr. Christopher Wise at

Biology Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education (7-12 Certification in Biology can be earned by Alvernia students who first complete their undergraduate degree in Biology and demonstrate content knowledge in this area on Pennsylvania’s required Praxis exam in Biology. The following coursework is required and can be started as early as the undergraduate senior year, then completed as part of Alvernia University’s post-baccalaureate program:
ED 203, 204; MED 505, 515, 545, 574, 615, 665, 670, 672.

Biology Medical Laboratory Science Emphasis: 72-73 credits

Alvernia offers an emphasis in medical technology as part of a Bachelor of Science degree program in biology or chemistry.

Major: 61-62 credits
BIO 103, 104, 107, 108, 117, 118, 221, 303, 409, 420, 421; 3-4 credits in biology elective.

Related Areas: 25 credits
CHE 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 201, 202, 210, 211, 212; MAT 209

An Environmental Biochemistry major and minor can be found under the Chemistry section that provides an integrated experience for students interested in the chemistry, biology, and sustainability as it relates to the environment.