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Natural Sciences

The Department of Natural Sciences at Tennessee Wesleyan College administers majors in the areas of biology and chemistry. Within the liberal arts, Judeo-Christian framework of the college, the Department seeks to train and graduate students who lead purposeful, fulfilling, self-examined lives; to become life-long learners; to identify and develop a personal philosophy to be used to make wise and understanding life decisions; and to have broad knowledge of the natural world in which they live.

To fulfill its mission, the Department of Natural Sciences offers six curriculum options:  two lead to the B.A. or B.S. in Biology or Chemistry; two others lead to a B.S. in Biology or Chemistry with an emphasis in Pre-Professional Studies; and yet another pair lead to degrees in General Science/Biology or General Science/Chemistry. 

Biology

The major in Biology is designed to increase the students’ appreciation of the diversity and complexity of life; increase their understanding of the unifying principles and subject content of biology; and introduce them to Biology’s personal, social, and ethical aspects. The Department of Natural Sciences, which administers the major in Biology, strives to develop students’ basic skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communications. The course of study is designed to prepare students for graduate education in the biological sciences; professional studies such as medical, dental, or veterinary sciences; or employment in government, industry, or education.

Students may also select the curriculum because its broad approach can result in an educated view of the structure and function of living things and, from that, the world at large. Tennessee Wesleyan College is affiliated with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory of the University of Southern Mississippi located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. This program allows students to enroll for credit in summer courses offered by GCRL. Students who may be interested in this program should speak to their advisor for more information.

Students may pursue either the B.A. or B.S. in Biology. Required biology courses are identified for both programs, but the B.A. requires the student to demonstrate knowledge of at least one foreign language at the intermediate level. The B.S. is also offered with a Pre-Professional Studies emphasis, Forensic Science emphasis, and a General Science/Biology curriculum, as outlined below.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Biology
The major in Biology requires 43 to 46 semester hours in Biology courses including:
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B 270 Principles of Genetics 4 s.h.

Choose two of the following courses:
B 265 General Microbiology 4 s.h.
B 273 General Botany 4 s.h.
B 274 General Zoology 4 s.h.

B 360 Principles of Ecology 4 s.h.
B 303 Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
or B 410 Plant Physiology 4 s.h.
B 384 Vertebrate Anatomy and Development
or B 472 Animal Physiology 4 s.h.
B 450 Evolutionary Biology 3 s.h.
B 463 Advanced Cell Biology
or B 465 Molecular Biology 4 s.h.
B 471 Seminar in Biology 2 s.h.
Natural Science Electives at the 300–400 level
(this may be satisfied with courses taken at GCRL) 2-5 s.h.

Additional requirements for the major in Biology are:
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 141, 142 Precalculus Mathematics I, II 6 s.h.
or M 181 Calculus I 4 s.h.

Requirements for the B.S. in Biology with Pre-Professional Emphasis
This emphasis is designed to provide students with a foundation in the sciences that
should prepare them to apply to a professional school in the health field (dentistry,
medicine, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc.)

The emphasis requires 44 to 46 semester hours in Biology courses including:
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B 270 Principles of Genetics 4 s.h.

Choose two of the following courses:
B 265 General Microbiology 4 s.h.
B 273 General Botany 4 s.h.
B 274 General Zoology 4 s.h.

B 271 Seminar in Pre-Professional Studies 1 s.h.
B 360 Principles of Ecology 4 s.h.
B 450 Evolutionary Biology 3 s.h.
B 463 Advanced Cell Biology
or B 465 Molecular Biology 4 s.h.
B 471 Seminar in Biology 2 s.h.

Choose two of the following courses:
B 384 Vertebrate Anatomy and Development 4 s.h.
B 410 Plant Physiology 4 s.h.
B 472 Animal Physiology 4 s.h.
Natural Science Electives at the 300 – 400 level
(this may be satisfied with courses taken at GCRL) 2-4 s.h.

Additional requirements:
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 362 Biochemistry 4 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 141, 142 Precalculus Mathematics I, II 6 s.h.

Requirements for the B.S. Biology with a Forensic Science Emphasis
This emphasis is designed for students interested in careers in the forensic biology section of forensic laboratories, including the area of molecular biology; or who wish to pursue graduate study in the area of forensic science.

The emphasis requires 26 semester hours in Biology courses including:
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B 270 Principles of Genetics 4 s.h.
B 465 Molecular Biology 4 s.h.
B 471 Seminar in Biology 2 s.h.

Choose one of the following courses:
B 265 General Microbiology 4 s.h.
B 273 General Botany 4 s.h.
B 274 General Zoology 4 s.h.

Choose one of the following courses:
B 384 Vertebrate Anatomy and Development 4 s.h.
B 410 Plant Physiology 4 s.h.
B 463 Advanced Cell Biology 4 s.h.

The emphasis also requires 15 semester hours in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science courses:
CJ 211 Introtduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 331 Criminolgy 3 s.h.
CJ 351 Crime Scene Investigation 3 s.h.
CJ 421 Theory of Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 451 Forensic Evidence 3 s.h.

Additional requirements:
C 101, 102 General Chemmistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 362 Biochemistry 4 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 141, 142 Precalculus Mathematics I, II 6 s.h.

Requirements for the B.S. in General Science/Biology
This major provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of biology and enhances their understanding and appreciation of the diversity and complexity of living things. The person electing this major could be licensed to teach science in grades 7-8 and Biology in grades 9-12.

This major requires 58 s.h. of course work as follows:
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B 270 Principles of Genetics 4 s.h.

Choose two of the following courses:
B 265 General Microbiology 4 s.h.
B 273 General Botany 4 s.h.
B 274 General Zoology 4 s.h.

B 360 Principles of Ecology 4 s.h.
B 303 Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
or B 410 Plant Physiology 4 s.h.
B 384 Vertebrate Anatomy and Development
or B 472 Animal Physiology 4 s.h.
B 463 Advanced Cell Biology
or B 465 Molecular Biology 4 s.h.
C 101,102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 141, 142 Precalculus I, II 6 s.h.

Students who wish to be licensed to teach must also complete the Enhanced ACR II and 38 semester hours of professional education listed under the Education major in this catalog. A minor in Chemistry, Mathematics, or Business Administration is recommended if a student is not being licensed to teach.

Requirements for a minor in Biology:
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B Any additional 12 semester hours in Biology
(at or above the 200 level) 12 s.h.

Chemistry

As a major in Chemistry a student is afforded an education that attempts to impart scientific competence, knowledge of scientific methodology and an understanding of the relationship of science to society. The Department of Natural Sciences, which administers the Chemistry major, strives to develop the students’ basic skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communications. By studying Chemistry a student is prepared for a wide variety of options: graduate education in fields such as chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, or environmental science; professional studies in the medical, dental, or veterinary sciences; or employment in government,
industry, research, or education.

The major in Chemistry requires the successful completion of 41 to 42 semester hours in Chemistry, 8 semester hours in Physics, and 8 semester hours in Calculus. The B.A. requires the student to demonstrate knowledge of at least one foreign language at the intermediate level.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry
Required courses are as follows:
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 331 Quantitative Analysis 5 s.h.
C 333 Instrumental Analysis 4 s.h.
C 431, C 432 Physical Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 471 Seminar in Chemistry 2 s.h.

Choose two of the following courses:
C 351 Coordination Chemistry 3 s.h.
C 362 Biochemistry 4 s.h.
C 450 Polymer Chemistry 3 s.h.
Total: 6-7 s.h.

Additional requirements:
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 181, 182 Calculus I, II 8 s.h.

Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry with Pre-Professional Studies Emphasis
This emphasis is designed to provide students with a foundation in the sciences that should prepare them to apply to a professional school in the health field (dentistry, medicine, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, veterinary, etc.)

The emphasis requires 37 to 39 semester hours in Chemistry including:
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 331 Quantitative Analysis 5 s.h.
C 333 Instrumental Analysis 4 s.h.
C 362 Biochemistry 4 s.h.
C 471 Seminar in Chemistry 2 s.h.

Choose two of the following courses:
C 351 Coordination Chemistry 3 s.h.
C 431 Physical Chemistry I 4 s.h.
C 432 Physical Chemistry II 4 s.h.
C 450 Polymer Chemistry 3 s.h.

Additional requirements:
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B 271 Seminar in Pre-Professional Studies 1 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 181, 182 Calculus I, II 8 s.h.

Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry with a Forensic Science Emphasis
This emphasis is designed for students interested in careers in toxicology and the chemistry or other related sections of forensic laboratories; or who wish to pursue graduate study in the area of forensic science.

The emphasis requires 35 semester hours in Chemistry courses including:
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 331 Quantitative Analysis 5 s.h.
C 333 Instrumental Analysis 4 s.h.
C 362 Biochemistry 4 s.h.
C 431 Physical Chemistry 4 s.h.
C 471 Seminar in Chemistry 2 s.h.

The emphasis also requires 15 semester hours in Criminal Justice/Forensic Science courses:
CJ 211 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 331 Criminology 3 s.h.
CJ 351 Crime Scene Investigation 3 s.h.
CJ 421 Theory of Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 451 Forensic Evidence 3 s.h.

Additional Requirements:
B 171, 172 General Biology I, II 8 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 181, 182 Calculus I, II 8 s.h.

Requirements for the B.S. in General Science/Chemistry
The person electing this major could be licensed to teach science in grades 7-8 and chemistry in grades 9-12.
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C 331 Quantitative Analysis 5 s.h.
C 333 Instrumental Analysis 4 s.h.
C 362* Biochemistry
or C 351 Coordination Chemistry
or C 450 Polymer Chemistry 3-4 s.h.
B 171 General Biology I: The Unity of Life 4 s.h.
B 172 General Biology II: The Diversity of Life 4 s.h.
B 360 Principles of Ecology 4 s.h.
P 211, 212 General Physics I, II 8 s.h.
M 141, 142 Pre-Calculus Mathematics I, II 6 s.h.

*Required for those students who wish to be licensed to teach.

Those students wishing to be licensed to teach must complete the Enhanced ACR II and 38 semester hours of professional education as listed under the Education major in this catalog.

A minor in Biology, Mathematics, or Business Administration is recommended if a student is not being licensed to teach.

Requirements for a minor in Chemistry
C 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II 8 s.h.
C Any additional 12 semester hours in Chemistry at or above the 200 level 12 s.h.