Bachelor of Science — Biology

Broaden Your Understanding of the World with Our Diverse Biology Degree Program

The biology program at MACU provides students with a strong foundation to enter multiple scientific careers, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduate schools and professional health science programs. In addition to classroom and laboratory teaching modules, MACU provides abundant opportunities for faculty-to-student mentorships, peer-to-peer collaborative learning, and critical thinking opportunities related to science research protocol.

Our regionally accredited degree is both challenging and broad enough to lead you towards your career goals as a biologist, laboratory worker, veterinarian and more.  

What Will You Learn in Our Biology Degree Program?

Pursuing a biology degree from MACU means receiving the necessary training to meet your career goals and answer your God-given calling. We desire to provide you with a strong foundation of coursework and hands-on laboratory experience to prepare you for your future as a science professional.

Some of the foundational classes you'll take include zoology, human anatomy, physics, statistics and chemistry. As you progress in the degree program, your major classes will expand to meet your growing knowledge base with courses like genetics, plant anatomy and taxonomy, histology and cell biology. This diverse coursework will pave the way to your future in professional laboratory work or prepare you to pursue a graduate program in fields such as medicine, immunology, cell and molecular biology, toxicology or veterinary science. 

Why Choose MACU?

Mid-America Christian University is dedicated to providing students with an education that is Christ-centered, credible and cost-effective. We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to pursuing your biology degree, but MACU provides a unique college experience with small classroom sizes, experienced professors and a rich campus environment for both resident and commuting students. While learning from real-world biology experts who have seen success in their own careers, you will also grow spiritually through weekly chapel services, small groups, student-led devotion sessions, campus clubs and more. 

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Courses

Code Course
BIOL1214 Biology I (majors)
Biology I is a course for biology majors. It is a systematic study of biological principles beginning at the molecular level and advancing to the cellular level. The concepts covered include prokaryote and eukaryote cell form and function, cell membrane transport, cell metabolism, cell energetics, protein synthesis, and genetics. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to the scientific method, experimentation and analytical evaluation. Offered every fall semester. *
BIOL1314 Biology II (major)
Biology II is the continuation of Biology I and is a course for biology majors. It is a systematic study of biological principles progressing to the ecological realm. The concepts covered include plant and animal form and function, taxonomy, evolution, biodiversity, and ecology. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to research methods, dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisite - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, or instructor approval. Offered every spring semester.
BIOL2114 General Zoology
General Zoology is a course for biology majors. It is an introduction to animal form and function of invertebrates and vertebrates, concluding with animal behavior. The concepts covered include animal form and function, taxonomy, physiological systems, anatomical comparisons, and conservation. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to animal dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, or instructor approval. Offered every fall semester.
BIOL2214 General Botany
General Botany is a course for biology majors. It is an introduction to the principles of botany, beginning at the cellular level and advancing to the organismal level. The concepts covered include plant anatomy, physiology, genetics, reproduction, and taxonomic relationships. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to morphological comparisons and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, or instructor approval. Offered every spring semester.
BIOL2314 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human API is for students planning to major in nursing or other health professions. It is a comprehensive study of the structures and functions of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the human body. The systems covered include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites - C or better BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, or instructor approval. Offered every fall semester. *
BIOL2324 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Human APII is for students planning to major in nursing or other health professions. It is a comprehensive study of the structures and functions of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the human body. The systems covered include cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to dissection and analytical evaluation. Prerequisite - C or better in BIOL 2314 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or instructor approval. Offered every spring semester.
BIOL3114 Human Anatomy
Human Anatomy is a course designed for students interested in the medical field. It is a comprehensive study of both microscopic and gross anatomical structures of the human body. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to dissection, emphasizing human form and function and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites - C or better BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, or instructor approval.
BIOL3214 Human Physiology
Human Physiology is a systematic study introducing students to human body functions. The concepts covered include homeostatic regulation, cell interactions, enzymes, and hormonal influence of systems within the human body. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to physiological experimentation and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, or instructor approval.
BIOL3304 Microbiology
Microbiology is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of microorganism form, physiology, reproduction, genetics, and diversity. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to microbiology laboratory techniques and analytical evaluation. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, or instructor approval.
BIOL3305 Microbiology
Microbiology is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of microorganism form, physiology, reproduction, genetics and diversity. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to microbiology laboratory techniques and analytical evaluation. Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, or instructor approval.
BIOL3334 Cell Biology
Cell biology is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells with a comparison in metabolism, energetics and autogenous regulation with an emphasis in biochemistry and cellular changes during the life cycle of cells. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to laboratory techniques required to study cells. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
BIOL3354 Genetics
Genetics is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of chromosomal aberrations, pedigree analysis, hereditary traits, DNA damage and repair, epigenetics, and genetic engineering. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to Mendelian laws, mutations, natural and artificial selection. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
BIOL3363 Evolution
Evolution is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of genetic mutations, genetic drift, population adaptations and evolution by natural selection of various life forms. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
BIOL4124 Histology
Histology is a course for biology majors. It is a comprehensive study of human and animal tissue with an emphasis in mammalian tissue form and function. Laboratory is a required and integral component introducing students to laboratory techniques required to study cells and tissue. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
BIOL4144 Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
Plant anatomy and taxonomy is a course for biology majors. It is a systematic study of vascular plant morphology and classification with an emphasis in Oklahoma trees and flowering plants. Laboratory is a required and integral part of this course with fieldwork included. Prerequisites - C or better in BIOL 1214 Biology I, BIOL 1314 Biology II, CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
BIOL4501 Biology Research
This 1 hour course is required for all biology majors during their junior or senior year. It will cover past classic works and current research topics in STEM fields. An emphasis will be placed upon literature reviews, presentation of findings and scholarly communications. Prerequisite -MATH 3703 Introduction to Statistics.
CHEM1105 Chemistry I
Chemistry I is required course for biology and chemistry majors. It is a systematic study of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding properties, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, and conservation of mass. Laboratory is a required and integral component to learning scientific experimentation safety protocol and proper reporting of results. Prerequisites - ACT Math 22 or above, MATH 1103 College Algebra, or instructor approval.
CHEM1205 Chemistry II
Chemistry II is required for biology and chemistry majors. It is a systematic study of chemical kinetics, intermolecular forces, reaction rates, thermochemistry, and electrochemistry. Laboratory is a required and integral component to learning scientific experimentation safety protocol and proper reporting of results. Prerequisite - C or better in CHEM 1105 Chemistry I or instructor approval.
CHEM2105 Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I is required for biology and chemistry majors. It is a systematic study of various organic molecules with an emphasis in stereochemistry, reactivity, nomenclature and classification of reaction types. Laboratory is a required and integral component to learning scientific experimentation safety protocol, measurements, spectroscopy and separation techniques. Prerequisites - C or better in CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
CHEM3102 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory is a required and integral component to learning scientific experimentation safety protocol, measurements, and synthesis, purification, and separation techniques. Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 3103 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3203.
CHEM3103 Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I is a required for biology and chemistry majors. It is a systematic study of various organic molecules with an emphasis in stereochemistry, reactivity, nomenclature and classification of reaction types. Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 1105 Chemistry I, CHEM 1205 Chemistry II, or instructor approval.
MATH2114 Calculus I and Analytic Geometry
An introduction to the basic concepts of Calculus including limits, derivatives and integrals using graphical, numerical, recurrence relations and symbolic points of view. Emphasis will be placed on using Calculus in problem solving and problem solving techniques will be taught. (lab included) Prerequisites: MATH 1513 or high school credit for Calculus. Offered every fall.
MATH3703 Introduction to Statistics
The course is a complete introduction to basic statistics as a method of analysis. Statistics is a powerful tool that is used in the business world and in the behavioral science area extensively. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of statistical terms and formulas. The student will use Microsoft Excel as the medium technology throughout the course. Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program is required for this course. Prerequisite: MATH 1513. Offered every semester.
PHYS1134 General Physics I (with Lab)
This is an algebra based course. This course includes mechanics in one and two dimensions, thermodynamics and/or waves; with laboratory. Prerequisites: College algebra or equivalent.
PHYS2104 Physics I
An introduction to Physics, Mechanics, Work, Energy, Water, heat, sound. Laboratory experiments coordinated with lecture topics in Physics I (mechanics, work, energy, water, heat and sound. Prerequisite: MATH 2503 or consent of instructor. Offered every Fall Semester.

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