Carroll College, Helena Montana

Degree Requirements

Biology Major Requirements

I. Foundational Program Requirements (36 credits)

  • BI 171-172 Biological Principles I & II
  • BI 281 Genetics
  • BI 496 Senior Seminar
  • CH 101-102 General Chemistry
  • CH 301 Organic Chemistry I
    or CH 285 Intermediat Organic Chemistry (Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CH 285.)
  • PHYS 201 General Physics I

At least seven MATH credits selected from the following list:

  • MA 121-122 Differential and Integral Calculus
  • MA 131 Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 315 Probability and Statistics
  • MA 318 Probablility

II. Other Course Requirements (24 credits)
At least six courses from the following list, four of which must be biology (BI) courses with a minimum of one course in each biology subdivision:

Subdiscipline 1: Cell and Molecular Biology

  • BI 305 Microbiology
  • BI 382 Cell Biology
  • BI 350 Developmental Biology
  • BI 329 or 330 Molecular Biology (WI)

Subdiscipline 2: Organismal Biology

  • BI 306 Plant Biology
  • BI 307 Animal Physiology
  • BI 323 Comparative Anatomy

Subdiscipline 3: Ecology and Evolution

  • BI 311 Ecology
  • BI 370 Evolutionary Analysis
  • BI 315 Physiological Ecology

Other Science electives:

  • CH 302 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 353 Biochemistry
  • PHYS 202 General Physics II

III. Other Program Requirements

  1. A. All biology majors must take the following courses, or their equivalent, in sequence: BI 171, BI 172, BI 281.
  2. All biology majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major courses (sections I and II above) and successfully pass the senior comprehensive examination in biology. Students must pass prerequisite courses with a “C” or better to advance to subsequent courses.
  3. All degree students should review requirements for graduation as described in this catalog.

IV. Note to Pre-professional students (Pre-med, Pre-Dental, etc.)

  1. All program requirements (sections I, II and III above) apply to pre-professional students.
  2. Pre-professional students should consider the following:
    1. Many professional programs require a second semester of Organic Chemistry, a second semester of Physics, and a Biochemistry course. You are advised to complete CH 302, PHYS 202 and BI 353 as part of your course requirements in section II.
    2. Some professional programs may require calculus. You are advised to discuss this possibility with your pre-professional advisor and possibly complete calculus as your math requirement. 

Biology Minor Requirements

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • BI 171-172 Biological Principles I & II
  • BI 281 Genetics

Two additional upper-division course from the following list:

  • BI 305 Microbiology
  • BI 306 Plant Biology
  • BI 307 Animal Physiology
  • BI 311 Ecology
  • BI 315 Physiological Ecology
  • BI 323 Comparative Anatomy
  • BI 350 Developmental Biology
  • BI 370 Evolutionary Analysis
  • BI 382 Cell Biology
  • BI 329 or 330 Molecular Biology (WI)
  • CH 353 Biochemistry

II. Other Program Requirements

  • CH 101-102 General Chemistry
  • CH 301 Organic Chemistry
    or CH 285 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CH 285.)

Note:

  1. All Biology minors must take the following courses or their equivalent in sequence: BI 171, BI 172, BI 281
  2. All Biology minors must earn a grade of "C" or better in all minor courses (sections I and II above).

 

Major In Biology For Secondary Education

I. Major Program Requirements

  • BI 171-172 Biological Principles I & II
  • BI 281 Genetics

Two additional upper division course from the following list:

  • BI 305 Microbiology
  • BI 306 Plant Biology
  • BI 307 Animal Physiology
  • BI 311 Ecology
  • BI 315 Physiological Ecology
  • BI 323 Comparative Anatomy
  • BI 350 Developmental Biology
  • BI 370 Evolutionary Biology
  • BI 382 Cell Biology
  • BI 329 or 330 Molecular Biology (WI)
  • CH 353 Biochemistry

II. Other Program Requirements

  • CH 101-102 General Chemistry
  • CH 301 Organic Chemistry OR CH 285 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enrool in CH 285.)
  • MA 315 Probability and Statistics
  • MA xxx One additional course in mathematics
  • PHIL 252 Philosophy and History of Science
  • PHYS xxx One course in physics is recommended

Note:

  1. All Biology for Secondary Education majors must take the following courses, or their equivalent, in sequence—BI 171, BI 172, BI 281.
  2. All Biology for Secondary Education students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major courses (sections I and II above) and successfully pass the senior comprehensive examination in biology.
  3. All Biology for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Major Program Requirements, and other Program Requirements; 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average; and 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Major Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements. 

III. Professional Education Requirements

  • AN/SO 218 Introduction to Native American Studies
  • CS 103 Instructional Media and Technology
  • ED 102 Foundations of Education
  • ED/PSY 229 Educational Psychology
  • ED 245 Diversity Field Experience
  • ED 305 Classroom Management
  • ED 318 Content Area Reading and Secondary Methods
  • ED 346 Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  • ED 405 Education Seminar
  • ED 410 Student Teaching
  • ED 412 Measurement & Assessment in Teaching
  • PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology OR PSY 105 General Psychology and PSY 203 Developmental Psychology
  • SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • United States and contemporary world cultures course(s)

IV. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching

Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that
lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education
program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching: In the spring semester of the junior year, all
preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.

Minor in Biology for Secondary Education

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • BI 171-172 Biological Principles I & II
  • BI 281 Genetics

One additional upper-division course from the following list:

  • BI 305 Microbiology
  • BI 306 Plant Biology
  • BI 307 Animal Physiology
  • BI 311 Ecology
  • BI 323 Comparative Anatomy
  • BI 350 Developmental Biology
  • BI 370 Evolutionary Biology
  • BI 382 Cell Biology
  • BI 329 or 330 Molecular Biology (WI)
  • CH 353 Biochemistry

II. Other Program Requirements

  • CH 101-102 General Chemistry
  • CH 301 Organic Chemistry OR Ch 285 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CH 285.)
  • ED 346 Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  • MA 315 Probability and Statistics
  • PHIL 252 Philosophy and History of Science

III. Teacher Licensure

To obtain teacher licensure in Biology for Secondary Education, a student must complete:
ED 408 Student Teaching in the Minor Area
or ED 410 Student Teaching

Note:

1.  All Biology for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements; 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average; and 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Minor Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements,

2.  See Secondary Education Requirements and Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education.

IV. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching

Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that
lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education
program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching: In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.

Carroll graduate shares passion for science

By Eddie Gregg, Helena IR

Emily Speranza

Helena native and Carroll graduate Emily Speranza is breaking the mold with her math and biology double major by pursuing a doctoral degree in a field she says is dominated by men.

In the fall, she is starting a fellowship, which includes full tuition and a stipend, at Boston University, where she will peruse a doctoral degree in a field called bioinformatics.

“It’s computational biology,” she said on a recent afternoon in Helena. She explained the field involves doing a lot of programming for data analysis, data mining and “basically doing biology on a computer.”

She says she is just one of two female first-year students enrolled in the program.

“Math and engineering tends to be completely male dominated,” she said. “Actually, at Carroll we’re really lucky we have a female math professor who brings in a lot of girls, so I think this year we have a more girls graduating than guys, which is really not the norm. Females tend to stick more to the biology and social sciences in general.”

Eventually, she says, she would like to work for the National Institute of Health or a similar government group doing lab work. Read more of this story