The Biology Major (BS)

Professor: David Thomas
Associate Professor: Cassia C. Oliveira and Maryline Jones
Assistant Professors: Alexander Beeser and Eric South

Biology is the study of life in all of its abundance, variety, and complexity. Students in the biology major gain a broad knowledge of biological fact and theory, from the molecular to the ecosystem level. They develop their abilities to observe, analyze, and solve problems involving living systems.

Both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in biology. The B.S. degree is designed primarily for students interested in the health professions, a graduate degree, or employment in biology related fields.



* Students may use BIO 110, CHM 105, CHM 110, MTH 110, PHY 210/211, and PHY 240/241 to satisfy core requirements. 

* CHM 105 is not required for students who enter Lyon College with a score of 25 or better on the ACT mathematics section (or equivalent SAT score) and a grade of "C" or better in high school chemistry. 

NOTE: To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Lyon College,
students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours comprised of
our required Core curriculum (44-48 hours), the requirements of at least one major (credit
hours vary per major), and a selection of our Liberal Arts electives. They must also earn at
least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for all work taken at Lyon College and a 2.00
cumulative grade point average in their major, minor, and concentration.

Summary of Requirements for a Major in Biology Leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree

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Biology Major Electives  +
Sub-Total Credits
Item #
Core Curriculum Requirements (In addition to Major hours)  +
44 - 48
Sub-Total Credits
Total credits: