Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biology Career Opportunities

  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Wildlife Botanist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Biology Teacher
  • Medical Scientist 
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Patent Attorney

Earn Your Biology Degree at MACU

A Biology degree from Mid-America Christian University (MACU) will not only help you better understand God’s creation but also prepare you with in-demand knowledge and skills for growing careers in science, healthcare and more. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 7% growth between 2020 and 2030 for biological technician job openings. According to the American Medical Association, Biology (biological sciences) is one of the most common majors for students who matriculate to medical school, but B.S. Biology majors have many career options.

MACU’s regionally accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Biology is structured to give you ample opportunities to discover and learn in classrooms and labs, as well as through independent and collaborative research and faculty mentorships. 

Versatility is one of the key advantages of a Bachelor of Science in Biology. MACU’s coursework begins with foundational classes such as Zoology, Human Anatomy, Physics, Statistics, and Chemistry. You’ll build on your knowledge with upper-level courses like Genetics, Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy, Histology, and Cell Biology. 

You’ll soon discover that earning a B.S. in Biology means that the field is wide open for you to find your passion and make a difference in the world. 

MACU’s Biology Degree Integrates Science and Spiritual Life

We believe that science and the Christian faith go hand in hand. Our emphasis on spiritual life makes MACU a place to discover and grow in your faith with: 

  • Weekly chapel services
  • Student-led devotions
  • One-on-one and small-group discipleship sessions
  • Faith-based campus clubs

MACU is committed to providing our students with a cost-effective education that features:

  • Small classroom sizes and professors who are both educators and experts in their field
  • On-campus activities and proximity to Oklahoma City, giving you access to a wide range of career resources (networking, internships, and more) and cultural opportunities
  • A close-knit community of students, staff, and faculty

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Courses

  • 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 (majors)

    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.