Biology Major

LVC biology majors combine in-depth study of biology with a breadth of courses in chemistry and physics, all within the context of a liberal arts education. Students may study biology, biochemistry & molecular biology, or neuroscience, gaining a solid foundation in the principles of these disciplines. Courses are oriented toward lab and field experiences, and the use of modern instrumentation.

Recent biology graduates have pursued careers as scientists for such companies as Pfizer, DuPont, The Hershey Company, Merck, and Upjohn.

Government agencies that have employed LVC graduates include NIH, the FDA, the EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Smithsonian.

LVC's biology program has a remarkable record of graduate school placement. In the last five years, 45 percent of graduates have gone on to graduate or professional schools.

Over the past 10 years, more than 40 biology majors have co-authored and presented research at regional, national, and international scientific meetings.

Students pursue their research interests under the guidance of faculty mentors. Student/faculty research projects are often published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at scientific conferences.

The newly revitalized Neidig-Garber Science Center offers biology students laboratory experiences with a variety of instruments. Proximity to and frequent interaction with the Chemistry and Physics departments provides opportunities for interdisciplinary research, which is excellent preparation for advanced research in graduate or professional school.

Biology faculty are dedicated teachers and scientists. Their research interests cover a wide range of topics—from mammalian physiology to plant ecology to DNA analysis and the role of T cells in the inflammatory response.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science with a major in biology

Required courses:

BIO 111 General Biology I
BIO 111L General Biology I Laboratory
BIO 112 General Biology II
BIO 112L General Biology II Laboratory
BIO 201 Genetics
BIO 201L Genetics Laboratory
BIO 499 Seminar
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 113 Introductory Laboratory I
CHM 114 Introductory Laboratory II
CHM 213 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 214 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 215 Organic Laboratory I
CHM 216 Organic Laboratory II


Two courses (including associated labs) from the area of Cellular/Molecular Biology:

BCMB 401 Molecular Biology
BCMB 401L Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIO 231 Neurobiology
BIO 231L Neurobiology Laboratory
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 304L Developmental Biology Lab
BIO 306 Microbiology
BIO 306L Microbiology Laboratory
BIO 323 Introduction to Immunology
BIO 323L Introduction to Immunology Lab


Two courses (including associated labs) from the area of Organismal Biology:

BIO 221 Mammalian Anatomy
BIO 221L Mammalian Anatomy Laboratory
BIO 302 Plant Diversity
BIO 302L Plant Diversity Laboratory
BIO 305 Cell and Tissue Biology
BIO 305L Cell and Tissue Biology Lab


A physiology course (including associated lab):

BIO 307 Plant Physiology
BIO 307L Plant Physiology Laboratory
BIO 322 Vertebrate Physiology
BIO 322L Vertebrate Physiology Lab
BIO 324 Invertebrate Physiology
BIO 324L Invertebrate Physiology Lab


One course (including associated lab) from the area of Population Biology:

BIO 212 Animal Behavior
BIO 212L Animal Behavior Laboratory
BIO 312 Ecology I
BIO 312L Ecology I Laboratory
BIO 402 Evolution
BIO 402L Evolution Laboratory


One of the following physics sequences:

PHY 103 General College Physics I
PHY 103L General College Physics I Lab
PHY 104 General College Physics II
PHY 104L General College Physics II Lab



PHY 111 Principles of Physics I
PHY 111L Principles of Physics I Lab
PHY 112 Principles of Physics II
PHY 112L Principles of Physics II Lab

One of the following mathematics classes:

MAS 161 Calculus I
MAS 170 Elementary Statistics


Areas of concentration in the biology major include botany, health professions, marine biology and ecology, and zoology.

Cooperative Programs

The Department of Biology also offers several cooperative programs which have more specialized curricula than the major in biology, including Medical Technology.