BIOLOGY - Xavier University

BIOLOGY - Xavier University



BIOLOGY IS THE STUDY of living things, which includes

concepts of molecular, cellular, organismal, population and ecosystem

levels of biological organization. Students learn basic biological

principles and gain experience in careful observation, controlled

experimentation and thoughtful analysis of scientific data.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in:


Applied Biology: Cooperative Forestry

& Environmental Management Program

Natural Sciences: For premedical and pre-dental students

Medical Technology

Teaching Life Sciences: In cooperation with

the Department of Education

Life Sciences for Business – in cooperation with

the Williams College of Business

Environmental Science

Minors: Biology, natural sciences and environmental studies

The Xavier Advantage:

Engage in on-campus research with Xavier faculty or study at

such sites as the Mayo Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research

Foundation and Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

Study abroad to explore tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica

or conservation biology in Ireland.

Work with the Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising to

prepare for admission into medical, dental, physical therapy

or other health professional schools.

Xavier biology graduates go on to:

Eli Lilly and Company

Procter & Gamble

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Boston University School of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Law

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These schedules serve as a guideline for progress toward a degree. Students should consult with their academic advisor.

First Semester Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.


BIOL 160, General Biology I 3 BIOL 162, General Biology II 3

BIOL 161, General Biology I Lab 2 BIOL 163, General Biology II Lab 2

CHEM 160, General Chemistry I 3 CHEM 162, General Chemistry II 3

CHEM 161, General Chemistry I Lab 1 CHEM 163, General Chemistry II Lab 2

Foreign Language elective 3 Foreign Language elective 3

ENGL 101 OR 115, Engl Comp/Rhetoric 3 PHIL 100, Ethics as Intro to Phil 3

Total 15 Total 16


Biology electives 4 Biology electives 4

CHEM 240, Organic Chemistry I 3 CHEM 242, Organic Chemistry II 3

CHEM 241, Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 CHEM 243, Organic Chemistry II Lab 1

MATH 150, Elements of Calculus I 3 MATH 156, General Statistics 3

THEO 111, Theological Foundations 3 ENGL/CLAS/SPAN/FREN 205 Lit & Moral Imag 3

Literature elective 3

Total 17 Total 14


BIOL 410, Vertebrate Physiology 2 BIOL 230, Genetics 3

BIOL 411, Vertebrate Physiology Lab 2 BIOL 231, Genetics Lab 1

PHYS 160, College Physics I 3 PHYS 162, College Physics II 3

PHYS 161, Introductory Physics I Lab 1 PHYS 163, Introductory Physics II Lab 1

History I 3 PHIL 290, Theory of Knowledge 3

Theo Scrip/Hist OR Christ Sys elective 3 History II 3

Total 14 Total 14


BIOL 498, Methods of Biol Research I 1 BIOL 499, Methods of Biol Research II 1

Biology electives 2 Biology electives 6

Theology Ethics OR Rel/Cult elective 3 E/RS Focus elective 3

Philosophy elective 3 General elective 3

Social Science elective 3 Social Science elective 3

Fine Arts elective 3

Total 15 Total 16

Scheduling notes:

• Consult the undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements.

• The E/RS Focus elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the Core or the major.

• A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree.

• Students are required to take 6 hours of approved courses representing two different disciplines to fulfill the Core Diversity requirement.

For additional degree class schedules, please visit


The Department of Biology is housed in Albers Hall, which features

classrooms and offices, teaching laboratories, faculty/student

research laboratories, a small animal facility, a modified greenhouse

and storage areas. Adjoining Logan Hall is also used for biology


Important admission information: Undergraduate biology

programs have a limited number of spaces each year. Admission

is competitive, and students may be placed on a waitlist. It is

advisable to apply early and indicate biology as the intended

major. For more information on admission requirements, visit

Biology faculty members are readily available to the students,

including a high degree of student-faculty interaction in laboratory

instruction. During senior year, a small group of students works

with each faculty member to accomplish a research project in

the professor’s area of specialization. In addition to on-campus

research with Xavier professors, students also may study at

such off-campus locations as:

u Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory, Newport, KY

u Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation

u Akron General Medical Center

u Cleveland Clinic Foundation

u Pfizer Global Research and Development

u Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Oak Harbor, OH

u Amboseli National Park, Kenya

u Center for Wildlife Management Studies, Nairobi, Kenya

u Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Biology studies can include field trips to such local sites as the

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Newport Aquarium

and the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. Specialized courses

also travel to ecological sites like Ault Park, Mt. Airy Forest and

Spring Grove Cemetery. Students participate in the Biology Club

and Pre-Med Society.

Students present their research every spring in two on-campus

events: the University-wide Celebration of Student Research,

when students use posters to describe their research projects

to other students and faculty from all disciplines, and the

Department of Biology’s Senior Research Presentations when

students give oral presentations on their research to younger

students. Biology students also have presented their work at

various national conferences and to the U.S. Congress.


The department’s specialized equipment and state-of-the-art

resources include:

u Anatomy: Animal bone specimens, including articulated

dog skeleton, horse skull, articulated fore and hind limbs

u Ecology, plant biology: Soil analysis equipment,

chemical analyzers, greenhouse room

u Field and marine biology: Binoculars, mist nets,

video cameras, underwater sound recording equipment,

computerized sound analysis equipment

u Microbiology: Incubators, autoclave, microscopes,

including fluorescence and phase contrast


Biology majors are prepared for graduate study in biology,

professional schools in the health sciences (veterinary, medical,

dental and others) or immediate employment. Students have

gone on to positions as aquatic biologist, federal government

investigator, lead bio-medical technician, toxicologist,

veterinarian, pharmacist, pediatrician and more.

A range of companies and government agencies have hired Xavier

biology graduates, including: Procter & Gamble, Environmental

Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Occupational

Safety and Health Administration, Genetica DNA Laboratories,

Inc., Trek Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and

Children’s Hospital Research Foundation.

Xavier biology students are accepted at medical and dental

schools across the country. Over the past five years,

approximately 81 percent of Xavier pre-medical graduates

have been accepted into professional schools, as compared

to 45 percent nationally. The rate for dental schools is almost

100 percent. Xavier graduates also have pursued doctoral

and master’s degrees, and professional degrees in law.

A sampling of the hundreds of medical and other professional

schools that have accepted Xavier graduates include:

• Boston University School of Medicine

• Case Western Reserve University

• Creighton University

• Duke University

• Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School

• Georgetown University

• Harvard Graduate School

• Indiana University Schools of Medicine & Dentistry

• Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

• Loyola University of Chicago

• Marquette University, College of Dentistry

• Medical College of Wisconsin

• Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

• Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

• Northwestern University

• Ohio State University (Schools of Medicine,

Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Veterinary Sciences,

and Graduate Physical Therapy)

• Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

• Purdue University

• Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine

• St. Louis University

University of Cincinnati Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy,

Physical Therapy and graduate Nursing)

University of Kentucky Schools of Medicine,

Pharmacy and Dentistry

University of Louisville (Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

University of Southern California, School of Optometry

• Washington University

• West Virginia University

u Molecular and cellular biology: Fluorescent microscopes

with digital-imaging capability, gel electrophoresis equipment,

photo-documentation station, DNA amplification technology,

mammalian cell culture equipment

u Physiology: Force transducers, vessel analysis chambers, computerized

analysis equipment

Instructional technology in classrooms and teaching laboratories includes

podium computers, VCRs and ceiling-mounted projectors. Several specialized

microscopes are connected to computers for image analysis and projection.


The foundation of Xavier’s success is its commitment to its Jesuit heritage.

The Core Curriculum embodies Xavier’s mission and philosophy of education

and serves as a valuable foundation for all undergraduate students. Within

the Core, the four-course Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Focus fosters

students’ understanding of socially significant issues through study of the

humanities, especially literature, philosophy and theology, as well as the social

and natural sciences. Along with courses in their major, Xavier students also

take Core courses in: cultural diversity, English composition, fine arts, foreign

language, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, science, social science

and theology.


Core Curriculum: Minimum 64 credit hours

Major in biology: All biology majors complete 20 semester hours (SH)

of required biology courses including general biology I and II, genetics,

vertebrate physiology and methods of biological research, plus 16 SH of

biology electives. At least one course must be taken from each of these three

categories: botany-bacteriology, ecology evolution-animal behavior, cell

biology-immunology biochemistry-virology. Majors must also complete 8 SH

of physics; 16 SH of chemistry (including organic), and 6 SH of mathematics.

Major in applied biology: Six semesters of undergraduate study at

Xavier University and four semesters of graduate study at Duke University.

At Xavier, majors complete 27 SH of biology, 8 SH of general chemistry;

8 SH of physics; and 6 SH of economics, including natural resource economics.

The BS in Applied Biology will be awarded by Xavier upon the student’s

satisfactory completion of one year of full-time study at Duke. At the

completion of the five-year program, students also earn either a Master

of Forestry (MF) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from

Duke University.

Major in medical technology: 19 SH of biology, 18 SH of chemistry and

8 SH of physics. The medical technology program includes three years of

undergraduate study at Xavier and one full year gaining clinical experience

at a hospital. In the third year, students must apply and be accepted at

a hospital accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and

Accreditation and approved by the University.

Major in natural sciences: Please review the separate academic brochure

for natural sciences.

Major in environmental science: 23 SH of required biology, 8 SH of physics,

8 SH of chemistry, 6 SH of economics, 6 SH of mathematics, 9 SH of science and

math electives, and 6 SH of non-science electives.


Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a Jesuit

Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, annually

ranked among the nation’s best universities.

Its three colleges offer 85 undergraduate majors,

54 minors and 11 graduate programs to 7,019

total students, including 4,368 undergraduates.



Phone: 513-745-3301

877-XUADMIT (982-3648)

Fax: 513-745-4319




Dorothy Engle, PhD, Chair

Phone: 513-745-3807



On Campus: Albers 104

Office of Admission

3800 Victory Parkway

Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131

Xavier is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Information in this brochure is correct as of 8/11.

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