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Students and professor in a research labDegrees

Bachelor of Science in Biology
Associate of Science in Biology

Concentrations in Biology

Biology
Marine Biology
Medical Laboratory Science

Minors

Biology
Human Biology
Chemistry
Pre-Professional

The Biology program provides students with the requisite knowledge in biology and chemistry necessary for the student to pursue a career in industry, education, scientific research, or to enter a graduate or professional program. This training involves understanding and exemplifying investigative methods and techniques, critical analysis, writing and communicative skills and the quest to relate existing knowledge to new and challenging scientific situations. Students are encouraged to experience the diversity of science and to explore the interaction between scientific discovery and application to current world problems.

Students within the Biology major may declare a specialized concentration if desired and if specific requirements are met.

The Concentration in Marine Biology exposes students to courses at other universities that have marine research lab facilities. Each program has their own admission requirements which students must meet. A general guideline would be that students have a minimum grade point average of around 3.0. Students are allowed to take courses at any program in the country, though courses must be approved for transfer to Wesley College. The department does not guarantee admission to any other schools.

The Concentration in Medical Laboratory Sciences prepares students to work as a Medical Technologist who does tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology in a laboratory dedicated to providing health care. This setting could be in a hospital, a physician’s office, or a privately-owned facility. Completion of the program could lead as well to careers with veterinary clinics, pharmaceutical companies, or food processors. Students must complete a year-long MLS clinical training program at a NAACLS-accredited location off campus during their last year of study. Each school program differs in admission requirements, but the minimum grade point required is usually around 3.0. Students are free to attend any NAACLS-accredited program in the country. The program qualifies students to take.

the national certification examination for medical laboratory sciences administered by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). The department does not guarantee admission to any clinical training program or in obtaining national certification.

Students must meet the following criteria before they can declare either the Concentration in Marine Biology or the Concentration in Medical Laboratory Science.

1. Complete BI218 (Microbiology), CH160 (Chemistry II) and CH210 (Organic Chemistry II), and MA112 Precalculus II with a grade of “C” or higher in each.
2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the conclusion of the year prior to applying to the clinical program.

Students who do not meet these requirements should remain as a Biology major without declaring a specialized concentration.

Graduates of the Biology Program:

1. Possess an inclusive knowledge of the field, and are able to demonstrate their ability to use this knowledge in a variety of settings.
2. Demonstrate competence in the laboratory by being familiar with the use of equipment, practicing safe techniques, as well as the ability to acquire and process data.
3. Exhibit analytical skills, including the capacity to formulate hypotheses and to rationally evaluate data.
4. Demonstrate aptitude in expressing themselves in oral and written formats, exhibiting clarity, a logical concise manner, the ability to define topics, and provide supporting evidence.

Special Features

  • Students who complete Biochemistry as one of their major electives will receive a minor in Chemistry. This is strongly recommended for students interested in graduate or professional programs.
  • Opportunity to take courses in approved programs at other institutions under the Marine Biology or Medical Laboratory Science concentrations
  • Study abroad
  • NIH-funded research and internship opportunities

Core Curriculum
Course Requirements Biology Major
Proposed Course Schedule Biology Major
Course Requirements Concentration in Marine Biology
Proposed Course Schedule Concentration in Marine Biology
Course Requirements Concentration in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Proposed Course Schedule Concentration in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Meet the Faculty

Biology majors must take all required Biology courses at Wesley College once they have matriculated. Students who transfer required Biology courses into Wesley prior to matriculating at Wesley will have those courses applied towards their BS degree at Wesley subject to review and approval of the Department Chair. This requirement may be waived, based upon specific individual circumstances, with the approval of the Department Chair.