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Biology (BS)

See What It's Like to Be a Bio Major at Fontbonne

What Can I Do with My Degree?

A biology degree is flexible. You could administer programs for testing foods and drugs or direct activities at zoos or botanical gardens. Or you could be a consultant to business firms or government, testing and inspecting products, or writing for technical publications. Our graduates also find careers dealing with living organisms — including the occupations of microbiologist, forester, range manager, ecologist, and soil conservationist — or careers such as animal breeder, horticulturist, soil scientist and agricultural scientist.

Why Major in Biology at Fontbonne?

Majoring in biology equips you with a strong, balanced foundation in biological science and a solid understanding of chemistry and physics. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will help you become an effective scientist, researcher, or educator. Our classes are small, and our faculty are focused on helping you achieve your best.

Our recently remodeled building boasts updated lab facilities and a state of the art smart greenhouse.  Our students complete internships and undergraduate research, making them competitive for postgraduate programs and employment.


To graduate from Fontbonne University, a student needs to earn 128 credits. While all students take the core courses, students are free to choose other courses that meet their needs and interests so that our curriculum is adaptable to a wide variety of careers.

THE BIOLOGY CORE (17 credits - Take all of these)

BIO 112 General Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 114 General Biology II with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 196 Biology Seminar I (2 credits)
BIO 212 Genetics (3 credits)
BIO 318 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BIO 496 Biology seminar II (2 credits)

BIO 204 Modeling and Experimental Design
BIO 214 Molecular Genetics of Development


   Organismal (choose any two of these)

BIO 207    Plant Biology with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 250    Microbiology with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 220    Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 222    Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 260    Comparative Anatomy (3 credits)
BIO 306    Kinesiology and Biomechanics (4 credits)

   Cell and Molecular (choose any two of these)

BIO 324 Techniques in tissue culture (3 credits)
BIO 326 Molecular techniques laboratory (3 credits)
CHM318 Biochemistry (3 credits)
BIO 322 Immunology (3 credits)
BIO325  Emerging Infectious Disease (3 credits)

   Ecology/Evolution (choose any one of these)

BIO 160  Animal Behavior (3 credits)
BIO 271  Field Ecology (4 credits)
BIO 320  Evolutionary Biology (3 credits)
BIO 321  Conservation Biology (3 credits)
BIO 421  Conservation Medicine (3 credits)

   Professional Skills (complete from two to ten credits)

BIO 295/495 Department Research (2-4 credits); may be taken multiple times
BIO 497 Biology Internship (1-4 credits)
BIO 203 Science and Society (3 credits)

REQUIRED CHEMISTRY (12 credits; take all of these)

CHM 106 General Chemistry I with Lab (counted as GER)
CHM 108 General Chemistry II with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 210 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)

Chemistry elective courses (not required for major, both strongly recommended for pre-med students, both required for chemistry minor)

CHM 213 Organic Chemistry II* Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 318 Biochemistry* (3 credits)

REQUIRED MATH (10 credits; take all of these)

MTH 125 Biostatistics (3 credits)
MTH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
MTH 151 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits) OR
MTH 315 Advanced Statistics

REQUIRED PHYSICS (8 credits) (Choose one sequence)

PHY 208 College Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
PHY 210 College Physics II with Lab (4 credits)


PHY 218 Engineering Physics I with Lab (4 credits)
PHY 220 Engineering Physics II with Lab (4 credits)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: BIO 413 Exit Exam (0 credits); Any Religion or Theology course


Fontbonne is proud of its general education curriculum, designed to produce citizens well-rounded in academic subjects. The following courses required for the Biology major also meet some general education requirements. The student is free to choose his or her courses to meet the the general education requirements. Read more about the general education courses and requirements at Fontbonne in the catalog.

MTH 125 Biotatistics (3 credits)

BIO 112 General Biology I with Lab (4 credits)*

CHM 106 General Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)

Choose a minor

The above list of courses is a minimum of 113 credits. A minor is not required, but students could choose a minor to help complete the 128 credits required for graduation. The BPS department offers minors in biology, chemistry, and environmental studies.

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Learn more about career opportunities with the Biology major

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