Biology

PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

  • B.A. in Biology
  • B.S. in Biology
  • Biology for Teacher Licensure
  • Minor in Biology

Survey of recent graduates from the Natural Sciences Division

83% have earned an advanced degree or are pursuing one.

98% said M.C. prepared them “very well” or “well” for graduate studies.

95% said they would choose M.C. again for their undergraduate degree.

Why study Biology at M.C.?

The curriculum in biology provides the student sound preparation in the major areas of biological science while permitting concentration in specialized areas of particular interest. Field study in the nearby mountains and lakes and opportunity for research through Oak Ridge Associated Universities and National Laboratories such as Argonne, Jefferson, and Oak Ridge complement the curriculum.

The Major in Biology provides a comprehensive curriculum for students planning careers in which biological knowledge plays a central role. With careful elective choice students may pursue careers as professional biologists in any of the numerous subfields and enter graduate school programs that lead to research-oriented careers, or they may enter medical school or other health-related programs.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a current student

Victoria Deal ’19

Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.

Not a lot of undergraduate students can say that they have successfully cloned an antibody, but Victoria Deal can. That research – and more related studies – have been made possible through the College’s partnership with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)-Río Piedras and funding from the Ledford Scholarship Program. A Scots Science Scholar, Victoria has taken advantage of numerous opportunities to explore her chosen field. “Maryville College has helped me recognize my desire to pursue an MD/ Ph.D. degree through multiple research opportunities, excellent faculty advisors and a comprehensive course load,” she said.

Outcomes of Recent Grads

MARY FEELY ’15

HOMETOWN: CHATTANOOGA, TENN.

Mary spent the summer of 2014 in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest, tracking the small mammal prey of the American marten, a species that was reintroduced to the area in the 1980s. She is the second M.C. student to travel north to participate in this research project.

"Classes at Maryville College such as evolution and ecology have given me important experience in conservation biology and telemetry," she said. "It was in Dr. David Unger's classes that I learned the necessary skill set to work in this field. He has been invaluable in training me for this kind of work and helping me determine what I want to pursue as a career."

ASHLEY KISSICK ’07

CURRENTLY: POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY

As an M.C. student, Ashley studied parasitoid wasp movement in Costa Rican agroforestry systems and later worked at EARTH University in Costa Rica as an academic coordinator. Her doctoral research at Purdue University investigated mechanisms of ecosystem resilience operating in forest beetle communities. Avian visual perception of beetle prey was also used to study predator-prey interactions at the community level. Her postdoctoral research examines the spatial relationships among crop yield, landscape features and soil properties. “The foundational classroom knowledge, research tools and multidisciplinary perspective I gained from my M.C. professors have been invaluable to me as a researcher,” she said.

BENTON TAYLOR '06

CURRENTLY: PURSUING A PH.D. AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK CITY

As a student at M.C., Ben developed a passion for scientific research while studying the poison dart frog in the tropical forests of Ecuador and Venezuela. Research for his master’s degree led him to Dominica, where he examined the processes that structure plant communities. His doctoral research centers on the regeneration of tropical forests following deforestation and how this plays into global climate change models.

“The classroom knowledge I gained from Maryville College professors Swann, Threadgill and Crain, along with ample hands-on research, has provided me with an excellent toolset that I continue to use daily to better understand the natural world.”

Graduate / Medical School Placement

  • Clemson University Graduate School
  • Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
  • East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University Graduate School
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs
  • University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • University of Louisville Medical School
  • University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Developmental Biology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

External Relationships

Blount Memorial Hospital

Through a partnership with nearby Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville College students who are interested in healthcare fields can enroll in Community Health Care: Theory to Practice and receive the training necessary to become a health care coach who guides recently discharged BMH patients toward optimal self-care.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Through an articulation agreement, Maryville College students can be admitted into the medical school through a guaranteed acceptance program and an early acceptance program.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

In 2014, M.C. and Tremont entered a formal partnership for “educational programming and research that celebrates ecological and cultural diversity, fosters stewardship, promotes sustainability and nurtures appreciation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Jacksonville University

Through a reciprocation agreement, M.C. students can stay on the Florida campus to study sub-tropical birds; JU students can stay on the M.C. campus to study the reptiles and amphibians of the Smoky Mountains.

O.R.A.U.

Because Maryville College is a member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (O.R.A.U.), students and faculty can gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country and have opportunities for fellowship, scholarship and research appointments.

University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy

Through an articulation agreement, students can earn dual degrees within seven years: the B.A. in biopharmaceutical sciences from Maryville College and the Pharm. D. from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Through an articulation agreement, students can earn dual degrees within seven years: the B.S. in biological sciences with a pre-veterinary sciences track from Maryville College and the D.V.M. from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic biological terminology and important concepts and historical developments necessary to articulate biological information accurately, confidently, and coherently, in verbal as well as written, graphical, and electronic formats
  • Summarize and interpret the primary biological literature
  • Acquire and apply a set of basic laboratory and field data acquisition skills recognizing the theory, practice and limitations of modern chemical methods and instrumentation
  • Interpret and use quantitative and graphical information for the solution of biological and other scientific/technical problems
  • Integrate knowledge gained from various courses and experiences and apply them in a comprehensive way
  • Formulate scientifically significant questions and work independently and collaboratively toward their resolution using traditional laboratory methodologies as well as modern instrumentation and computational techniques
  • Design and execute an in-depth research project and successfully communicate the results formally in both verbal and written forms

Required Courses

Major for B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology consists of 46-47 hours in biology and chemistry. Required coursework includes:

  • BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 221: Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hours)
  • BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hour)
  • BIO 351-352: Senior Study: Research in Biology (6 hrs)

One of the following bench-based laboratory courses:

  • BIO 301: Cell and Tissue Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 355: Microbiology (4 hours)
  • BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hours)
  • BIO 414: Developmental Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 416: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 hours)

One of the following field-based laboratory courses:

  • BIO 305: Plant Diversity (4 hours)
  • BIO 307: Flowering Plants (4 hours)
  • BIO 321: Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIO 341: Comparative Invertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIO 403: Vertebrate Field Zoology (4 hours)

CHM 121 and 122: Principles of Chemistry I & II (4 hours each)

Two additional 300 or 400 level Biology courses are required (excluding BIO311, BIO337)

Through a four-year plan developed in consultation with an academic adviser, students develop a program of elective coursework in a variety of subjects individualized to their career goals. Specific requirements of particular post-graduate institutions should be ascertained early in the undergraduate program because they may require courses for admission beyond the minimum required for the B.A. in biology. The Major in Biology is not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.

Major for B.S.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology consists of 64-67 hours in biology, chemistry, and physics/math.

Required coursework includes:

  • BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 221: Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hours)
  • BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hour)
  • BIO 351-352: Senior Study: Research in Biology (6 hours)

One of the following bench-based laboratory courses:

  • BIO 301: Cell and Tissue Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 355: Microbiology (4 hours)
  • BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hours)
  • BIO 414: Developmental Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 416: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (4 hours)

One of the following field-based laboratory courses:

  • BIO 305: Plant Diversity (4 hours)
  • BIO 307: Flowering Plants (4 hours)
  • BIO 321: Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIO 341: Comparative Invertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIO 403: Vertebrate Field Zoology (4 hours)

Three additional 300 or 400-level Biology courses are required (excluding BIO311, BIO337)

  • BIO 337: Internship in Biology (7-15 hours)
  • BIO 343: Practicum (2-6 hours)
  • CHM 121: Principles of Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • CHM 122: Principles of Chemistry II (4 hours)
  • CHM 223: Organic Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • CHM 224: Organic Chemistry II (4 hours)

Two of the following courses:

CSC 111 and 112: Introduction to Computer Science I & II (3 hours each)

MTH 125: Calculus I and MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hours each)

MTH 221: Inferential Statistics and MTH 222: Regression Analysis (3 hours each)

PHY 101 and 102: College Physics I & II (4 hours each)

Four of the five 300 and 400 level courses taken must include a lab. The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and other health professions. The Major in Biology is not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.

Licensure

The Major in Biology for Teacher Licensure is designed for students planning careers as teachers of biology and of general science and physical science at the secondary level. The Major in Biology for Teacher Licensure consists of 51 hours in major and related fields and 10 hours in additional liberal studies courses.

Required coursework includes:

  • BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 221: Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hours)
  • BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hour)
  • BIO 321: Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIO 351-352: Senior Study: Research in Biology (6 hours)
  • BIO 412: Animal Physiology (4 hours)
  • CHM 121 and 122: Principles of Chemistry I & II (4 hours each)
  • MTH 115: Pre-calculus Mathematics (4 hours)
  • PHY 101 and 102: College Physics I & II (4 hours each)

Additional courses in liberal studies include:

  • PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hours)
  • SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hours)
  • BIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hours)

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

  • EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hours)
  • EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hours)
  • EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms
  • (2 hours)
  • EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hours)
  • EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hours)
  • EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hours)
  • PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hours)
  • PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)
  • PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hours)

Minor

The Minor in Biology requires a minimum of 21 hours, including:

  • BIO 113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hours)
  • BIO 221: Genetics (4 hours)
  • BIO 222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hours)
  • BIO 299: Biology Research Methods (1 hour)

or

  • CHM 399: Research Seminar (1 hour)

At least one course at the 300- or 400-level that satisfies requirements for the Major in Biology.

The Minor in Biology is not open to students majoring in Biochemistry.

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