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Bachelor of Science with a Comprehensive Major in Biology

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Essential Studies

Essential Studies requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit a strong knowledge base and the skills to be lifelong learners.
    • Students will exhibit a strong foundational knowledge to be able to acquire new information and apply scientific reasoning to critically evaluate information.
    • Students will apply logical reasoning and organizational skills to integrate new information into their functional knowledge base.
    • Students will integrate information from different scales of view and demonstrate understanding of components and emergent properties among different levels of living systems.
  2. Students will be prepared for their profession in the science discipline.
    • Students will articulate the interrelatedness of science, technology, and society, and effectively communicate scientific knowledge to a diverse audience.
    • Students will embody the professional characteristics appropriate for their chosen career.
    • Students will effectively utilize scientific inquiry and reasoning to address issues within their profession.

The Degree of Bachelor of Science with a comprehensive major in Biology

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the Essential Studies requirements. Students pursuing a comprehensive major in biology should take MATH 138 or 232 as their Essential Studies Math requirement.

 NOTE:  Students may earn only one option within the Biology Major, although they are encouraged to take additional courses to expand their scientific knowledge and abilities. Some courses require successful completion of prerequisite courses prior to enrollment, as articulated in the catalog course descriptions. Successful completion means earning a “C” or better in the prerequisite course(s).

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
   
     
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 331 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 332/332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology and Lab 4
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
BIOL 458 Evolution 3
CHEM 131/131L & 132/132L

CHEM 140 & 140L
College Chemistry I/II & Labs
OR
Survey of Chemistry & Lab
8

4
CHEM 335 & 335L

CHEM 433 & 433L
Biochemistry I & Lab
OR
Environmental Chemistry & Lab
4
Required Total 29-33

*Specified in options. Students should look at option requirements and career expectations/graduate program entrance requirements and discuss with faculty advisor whether CHEM 140/140L or CHM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L is appropriate.

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Human Biology Option

Number Course Title Hours
Core Requirements
(must complete CHEM 335/335L)
(should complete CHEM 131/131L and CHEM 132/132L) 
29 
BIOL 340 & 340L Human Anatomy & Lab 4
BIOL 342 & 342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 432 & 432L Developmental Biology & Lab 3
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
CHEM 231 & 231L* Survey of Org Chemistry & Lab 4
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Students must choose two of the following:  
BIOL 343 & 343L

 

Parasitology & Lab 3
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 433 & 433L Human Biomechanics & Lab

 

3
BIOL 456 & 456L Pathogenic Micro & Lab 3
     
Required Total 56 

 *Students should look at career/professional program entrance requirements and discuss with faculty advisor whether CHEM 231/231L or CHEM 333/333L and 334/334L is appropriate.

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Bachelor of Science with a Comprehensive Major in Health Sciences

This degree provides health professionals an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. This degree is not intended to replace a bachelor’s degree in a specific health profession; therefore, consultation with the Records Office and the Health Professions Office at Chadron State College regarding the appropriateness of this degree for each student is important.           

To be eligible for this degree, each student must have successfully completed one or more of the following in an appropriately accredited professional program:

1.       A student with eighteen months or more of professional education in a field not listed above may earn this degree by requesting specific permission and approval of the Registrar and the Health Professions Office. Chadron State College will determine the appropriate application of credits for each professional program listed by each applicant.

2.       The professional program(s) attended must require a high school diploma or equivalent as an entrance requirement and have at least 25% of the training program as academic work in the classroom. The remaining 75% can be clinical training. The professional program should also be at the upper division or graduate level, and not concurrently offer a baccalaureate degree. The student is responsible for proving these conditions exist.

3.       To earn this degree the student must complete at least 30 course credits of Chadron State College credit before or after the professional program of studies, the comprehensive major as subsequently described, 40 upper division course credits, 120 college course credits, and the Essential Studies requirements as subsequently listed. Should the professional program component not total 30 course credits the student must earn additional Chadron State College credits at the upper division level to meet the 120 total credit minimum.

Admission requirements to a professional program and thus graduation requirements may change between the date a catalog is published and the date a student may expect to be graduated. Therefore, each student must consult with the Health Professions Office/Advisor and the Records Office at CSC as well as the professional school(s) of their choice at least once each calendar year for the latest requirements.

 Each student must complete the core requirements, one option, and listed additional specified courses.

 

Core Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
   
     
BIOL 138 & 138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 340 & 340L

BIOL 220 & 220L
Human Anatomy & Lab (1)
OR
Comparative Anatomy & Lab
4
BIOL 311 Biology Seminar I 1
BIOL 410 Biology Seminar II 1
CHEM 131 & 131L College Chemistry I & Lab (2) 4
CHEM 132 & 132L College Chemistry II & Lab (2) 4
CHEM 231 & 231L Survey of Org Chemistry & Lab (3) 4
CHEM 335 & 335L Biochemistry I & Lab 4
Required Total 30

(1) Pre-chiropractic medicine, pre-optometry, and pre-pharmacy must take BIOL 340/340L.
(2) General health care, may replace the courses listed with CHEM 140/140L. Discuss this with your academic advisor to determine if the substitution is correct for the professional program you plan to attend.
(3) Pre-chiropractic medicine and pre-pharmacy must replace the courses listed with CHEM 333/333L and CHEM 334/334L. Pre-veterinary medicine students should check with their prospective professional schools, as many schools (i.e. Iowa State University) require CHEM 333/333L and 334/334L in place of CHEM 231/231L.

Pre-Chiropractic

Students must complete the core requirements as well as the courses listed below; and one year of an appropriately accredited professional program in Chiropractic Medicine.

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirements 30
ENG 136 Composition II 3
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 4
PHYS 152 & 152L College Physics II & Lab 4
MATH 135 Pre-calculus Mathematics 3
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIOL 332 & 332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 342 & 342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
  Electives 6
Required Total 64

Essential Studies Courses
Outcome 1: FYI 169 Select one 6 course credit or two 3 course credits...6
Outcome 2: ENG 135 Composition I..........................................................3
Outcome 3: CA 125 Fundamentals of Oral Comm.....................................3
Outcome 4: MATH 232 Applied Statistics...................................................3
Outcome 6: Covered in the core
Outcome 7: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 8: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 10 or 11: Select one.....................................................................3
Total............................................................................................................24

*Prerequisite courses vary between professional schools; please consult your advisor to determine which courses must be taken to meet the requirements at your chosen professional school.

Minimum course credits through CSC........................................................90
One year of a professional program in Chiropractic Medicine - Upper Division/Graduate Course Credits.......30
Minimum Total..............................................................................................120

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Pre-Optometry

Students must complete the core requirements as well as the courses listed below; and one year of an appropriately accredited professional program in Optometry.

Professional Program Prerequisites*

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirements 30
ENG 136 Composition II 3
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 4
PHYS 152 & 152L College Physics II & Lab 4
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIOL 341 & 341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 342 & 342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
  Math/Social Sciences Electives 6
Required Total 66

Essential Studies Courses
Outcome 1: FYI 169 Select one 6 course credit or two 3 course credits...6
Outcome 2: ENG 135 Composition I..........................................................3
Outcome 3: Select one...............................................................................3
Outcome 4: MATH 232 Applied Statistics...................................................3
Outcome 6: Covered in the core
Outcome 7: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 8: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 10 or 11: Select one.....................................................................3
Total............................................................................................................24

*Prerequisite courses vary between professional schools; please consult your advisor to determine which courses must be taken to meet the requirements at your chosen professional school.

Minimum course credits through CSC........................................................90
One year of a professional program in Optometry - Upper Division/Graduate Course Credits.......30
Minimum Total............................................................................................................120

Pre-Pharmacy

Students must complete the core requirements as well as the courses listed below; and one year of an appropriately accredited professional Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Professional Program Prerequisites*

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirements 30
ENG 136 Composition II 3
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics I & Lab 4
PHYS 152 & 152L College Physics II & Lab 4
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
ECON 231 Macroeconomics 3
ACTG 241 Accounting Principles I 3
BIOL 332 & 332L Genetics & Lab 4
CHEM 341 & 341L Quantitative Analysis & Lab 4
BIOL 342 & 342L Human Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 449 Molecular Biology 3
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
Required Total 73

Essential Studies Courses
Outcome 1: FYI 169 Select one 6 course credit or two 3 course credits...6
Outcome 2: ENG 135 Composition I..........................................................3
Outcome 3: CA 125 Fundamentals of Oral Comm.....................................3
Outcome 4: MATH 232 Applied Statistics...................................................3
Outcome 6: Covered in the core
Outcome 7: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 8: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 10 or 11: Select one.....................................................................3
Total............................................................................................................24

*Prerequisite courses vary between professional schools; please consult your advisor to determine which courses must be taken to meet the requirements at your chosen professional school.

Minimum course credits through CSC........................................................97
One year of a professional program in Pharmacy - Upper Division/Graduate Course Credits.......30
Minimum Total............................................................................................................127

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Pre-Vet

Students interested in earning this degree from Chadron State College must complete the core requirements; the courses listed below and one year of an accredited professional program in veterinary medicine. Students interested in earning this degree should consult with their advisor as soon as possible as prerequisite courses vary widely between professional programs and some graduate programs require a completed bachelor’s degree prior to admission (Biology Comprehensive major and an option recommended).

Professional Program Prerequisites*

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirements 30
AGRI 132 Animal Science 3
ENG 136 Composition II 3
AGRI 234 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
AGRI 337 Applied Animal Nutrition 3
AGRI 427 & 427L Animal Physiology & Lab 4
BIOL 431 & 431L Entomology & Lab 3
AGRI 447 Animal Breeding and Reproduction 3
BIOL 139/139L General Biology: Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 432/432L Developmental Biology & Lab 3
PHYS 151 & 151L College Physics & Lab 4
Required Total 67

Essential Studies Courses
Outcome 1: FYI 169 Select one 6 course credit or two 3 course credits...6
Outcome 2: ENG 135 Composition I..........................................................3
Outcome 3: Select one CA course.............................................................3
Outcome 4: MATH 135 Pre-calculus..........................................................3
Outcome 6: Covered in the core
Outcome 7: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 8: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 10 or 11: Select one.....................................................................3
Total............................................................................................................24

*Prerequisite courses vary between professional schools; please consult your advisor to determine which courses must be taken to meet the requirements at your chosen professional school.

Minimum course credits through CSC........................................................90
One year at an accredited Veterinary School.............................................30
Minimum Total............................................................................................................120

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General Health Care Option

The General Health Care Option of the Health Sciences Degree is available only to students pursuing a career choice for which an option is not described. The selected professional program must meet the standards as listed in the beginning information for the Health Sciences Degree. The elective courses for this option will be selected by the student and the student’s advisor at Chadron State College, reviewed by the Health Professions Director and the Department Chair of the Physical and Life Sciences Department, and approved by the Dean of Curriculum, Assessment and Accreditation. The Program courses selected for this option must total 27-30 course credits. The courses selected will typically be in the science and mathematics areas but can be from other disciplines if it best serves the needs of the student. The program form is available from the Health Professions Office. The completed degree plan must be filed with the Records Office, the Health Professions Office, and the student's advisor. 

Number Course Title Hours
  Core Requirements 30
  Program Electives (See above paragraph) 24
  Other Prerequisite Courses*  
ENG 136 Composition II 3
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
Required Total 60

Essential Studies Courses
Outcome 1: Select one 6 course credit or two 3 course credits.................6
Outcome 2: ENG 135 Composition I..........................................................3
Outcome 3: Select one .............................................................................3
Outcome 4: MATH 232 Applied Statistics...................................................3
Outcome 6: Covered in the core
Outcome 7: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 8: Select one................................................................................3
Outcome 10 or 11: Select one.....................................................................3
Total............................................................................................................24

*Prerequisite courses vary between professional schools; please consult your advisor to determine which courses must be taken to meet the requirements at your chosen professional school.

Minimum course credits through CSC........................................................90
Minimum course credits from professional program - Upper Division/Graduate Course Credits....30
Minimum Total............................................................................................................120

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Non-Degree Options

A non-degree program in health professions is for pre-professional development in the following areas. A student will receive their degree at the health care institution they are transferring to. Please contact the CSC faculty advisor for each discipline.

Pre-Medical Laboratory Science

For admission into: University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science Program and the majority of other professional programs.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139 & 139L General Zoology& Lab 4
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4
BIOL 242/242L Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4
     
BIOL 323/323L Basic Hematology & Lab 2
BIOL 332/332L Genetics & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 343/343L Parasitology & Lab 3
     
BIOL 412 Biotechnology 3
BIOL 430 Immunology 3
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Microbiology and Lab 3
CHEM 131/131L* College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Organic Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 335/335L Biochemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 342/342L Quantitative Analysis & Lab 4
ESSENTIAL STUDIES 2** Composition I, II or Technical Writing 6
ESSENTIAL STUDIES 3*** Communications 3
ESSENTIAL STUDIES 3 Humanities 6
MATH 142**** College Algebra 4
MATH 232 Applied Statistics 3
SOC 231 Intro. to Sociology 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PHIL 432 or 433 Ethics or Biomedical Ethics 3
Free Electives 9
Minimum Total 91
A 12 month Professional Program in MLS 35
TOTAL 126
*Students who have not had high school chemistry are required to take CHEM 121: Fundamental Chemistry before enrolling in CHEM 131/131L: College Chemistry I and Lab.
**Students proficient in writing are encouraged to register for advanced composition courses. These would include ENG 239: Advanced Composition and ENG 339: Creative Writing. A minimum of six semester hours of English are required for admission into the clinical program.
***Students interested in other communcaitons courses to fulfill this requirement should consult their academic advisor. These courses include CA 222: Interpersonal and Small Group Communications (3 credits), CA 230: Conflict Resolution and Mediation (3 credits).
****The Medical Laboratory Science Program requires a strong background in college algebra and applied statistics. Advanced math courses are available as electives. Applied statistics requires two years of high school algebra or College Algebra.

As the Medical Laboratory Science admission or graduation requirements may change after a student enters the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Pre- Medical Laboratory Science advisor at Chadron State College and the appropriate Medical Laboratory Science program representative at least once each year for the latest program and admission requirements.

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Pre-Dental Hygiene

For admission into: University of Nebraska Medical Center Dental Hygiene Program and most other Dental Hygiene schools.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 138/BIOL138L General Botany & Lab 4
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4
BIOL 241/241L Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
CHEM 140/140L* Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231/231L Survey of Organic Chem. & Lab 4
ESSENTIAL STUDIES 2** Composition I, II or Technical Writing 6
ESSENTIAL STUDIES 3*** Communications 3
ESSENTIAL STUDIES 7 Humanities 3
ENG 233 Elements of Literature 3
FCS 247 Nutrition 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
SOC 231 Intro. to Sociology 3
Electives**** (choose from the following areas) English, Humanities, Psychology or Sociology 12
*Students who have not had High School Chemistry are required to take CHEM 121: Fundamental Chemistry before enrolling in CHEM 140/140L: General Chemistry and Lab.
**Students proficient in writing are encouraged to register for advanced composition courses. These would include ENG 329: Advanced Composition and ENG 339: Creative Writing.
***Students interested in other communications courses to fulfill this requirement should consult their academic advisor. These courses include CA 130: Interpersonal Communications (3 credits), CA 230: Conflict Resolution and Mediation (3 credits).
****To receive a degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the dental hygiene student must have 12 credit hours in each of two disciplines such as Biology, English, Psychology, etc.or 24 hours in one discipline. To meet this requirement, the student must carefully select elective courses to add to the required courses.

Please consult with the Dental Hygiene Academic Advisor at Chadron State College for substitutions in this Curriculum.

As the professional school admission or graduation requirements may change after a student enters the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact their advisor at Chadron State College and the appropriate professional school program representative at least once each year for the latest program and admission requirements.

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Pre-Mortuary Science

For licensure in the State of Nebraska and admission into most schools of Mortuary Science in the United States.

Number Course Title Hours
ACTG 241 Accounting Principles I 3
ACTG 242 Accounting Principles II 3
BA 337 Business Law I 3
MGMT 230 Principles of Management 3
BIOL 132 Medical Terminology 2
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology & Lab 4
BIOL 456/456L Pathogenic Micro & Lab 3
CHEM 131/131L* College Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 132/132L College Chemistry II & Lab 4
Essential Studies 2 Composition I, II or Technical Writing 6
Essential Studies 3 Communications 3
FCS 320 Aging & Death 3
PHIL 432/433 Ethics or Biomedical Ethics 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PSYC 334 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 231 Introduction to Sociology 3
Electives   3

The courses listed above exceed those required for licensure in Nebraska; however, the optional courses are considered beneficial to a person seeking a career as a mortician. A partial listing of the licensure requirements in Nebraska are as follows: 1. Six semester hours of English. 2. Six semester hours of Accounting. 3. Eight Semester Hours of Chemistry. 4. Twelve semester hours of a biological science relating to the human body. 5. Six semester hours of psychology or counseling and 6. A total of 60 semester hours of college credit in addition to a full course of instruction in an accredited school of mortuary science. The student must obtain a complete set of licensure requirements by contacting the Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure.

*Students that have not had high school chemistry are required to take Fundamental Chemistry (CHEM 121) before enrolling in College Chemistry I & II (CHEM 131/131L & 132/132L).

The student can make many changes in this curriculum and still meet licensure requirements; however, they must make these changes in consultation with the pre-mortuary science advisor at CSC.

The State of Nebraska and the professional school(s) of interest to the student can change their licensure and admission requirements, respectively, at any time; thus, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the latest licensure and admission requirements for an accredited school of mortuary science at least once each year. The student should also consult with the pre-mortuary science advisor at CSC each year.

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Pre-Nursing

For admission into: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing and most other Nursing schools

Number Course Title Hours

BIOL 138/138L

General Botany & Lab

4
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4
BIOL 241/241L Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4
BIOL 341/341L Microbiology 4
CHEM 121 Fundamental Chemistry 3
CHEM 140/140L* Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
Essential Studies 2 Composition I, II or Technical Writing 6
Essential Studies 3 or 7 Communications/Humanities 3
Essential Studies 8 Social Sciences 3
Essential Studies 10 Human Diversity 3
FCS 247 Nutrition 3
FCS 320 Aging & Death 3
MATH 142 College Algebra 4
MATH 232 Applied Statistics 3
PHIL 432/433 Ethics/Biomedical Ethics 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PSYC 334 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 231 Intro to Sociology 3
Minimum Total hours 58

*Students who have not taken High School Chemistry are required to enroll in Fundamental Chemistry (CHEM 121) before enrolling in Survey of Chemistry and Lab or College Chemistry I and Lab. Students who have a good background in Chemistry and Math may enroll in Chem 131 and 131L.

As the professional school admission or graduation requirements may change after a student enters the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact their advisor at Chadron State College and the appropriate professional school program representative at least once each year for the latest program and admission requirements.

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Pre-Radiography

For admission into: University of Nebraska Medical Center Radiography Program and most other Radiography schools.

Number Course Title Hours
BIOL 132 Medical Terminology 2
BIOL 139/139L General Zoology & Lab 4
BIOL 240/240L Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4
BIOL 241/241L Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4
CHEM 140/140L* Survey of Chemistry & Lab 4
PHYS 151/151L College Physics I & Lab 5
MATH 142  College Algebra 4
MATH 138 Applied Calculus 3
MATH 232 Applied Statistics 3
Essential Studies 2 Composition I, II or Technical Writing 6
Essential Studies 3 Communications 3
Essential Studies 7 Humanities 3
Essential Studies 11 Health & Wellness 3
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
SOC 231 Intro to Sociology 3
Electives 12
Minimum Total hours 63

*Students who have not had high school chemistry are required to take MATH 121: Fundamental Chemistry prior to enrolling in CHEM 140/140L: General Chemistry.

 

As the professional school admission or graduation requirements may change after a student enters the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact their advisor at Chadron State College and the appropriate professional school program representative at least once each year for the latest program and admission requirements.

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