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Biology course catalog

2024-25 catalog

TIERNEY R. BROSIUS, Associate Professor
B.S., Wayne State College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln

KRISTIN DOUGLAS, Associate Dean of the College, Professor
A.S., Waubonsee Community College; B.S., Iowa; M.S., Ph.D., Michigan

KEVIN GEEDEY, Professor, Bohdan Dziadyk Distinguished Chair in Environmental Science and Conservation
B.A., B.S., Ohio State; Ph.D., Michigan State

SCOTT GEHLER, Associate Professor
B.A., Cornell College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

JACOB GROTHJAN, Visiting Assistant Professor 
B.S., Augsburg University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

STEPHEN B. HAGER, Professor
B.A., M.A., California State; Ph.D., New Mexico State

BRADLEY KENNEDY, Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.S., Creighton University

JASON A. KOONTZ, Professor
B.S., Iowa State; M.S., Miami University (Ohio); Ph.D., Washington State

BRITTANY L. MCCALL, Assistant Professor
B.S., Austin Peay State University; M.S., Arkansas State University; Ph.D., Arkansas State University

TIMOTHY MUIR, Professor, Co-Chair
B.A., Kalamazoo; M.S., Ph.D., Miami University (Ohio)

KIMBERLY MURPHY, Professor, Co-Chair
B.A., Winona State; Ph.D., Washington State

DARA L. WEGMAN-GEEDEY, Professor, Robert & Patricia Hanson Endowed Chair of Health & Human Performance
B.S., Mount Union; Ph.D., Delaware

YOUNG YOO, Assistant Professor
B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Potential majors in biology and the pre-health science advising areas must begin their curriculum with one year of general chemistry (CHEM-131 and CHEM-132), and the major with BIOL-130 and BIOL-140.

NOTE: A student majoring in Biology may not also major in Pre-Medicine.

MAJOR IN BIOLOGY. 32 credits, including three core courses (BIOL-130, 140, 250), an approved 4 credit SI, and 16 elective credits at the 300-400 level. Also 1 year of General Chemistry (CHEM-131 and 132).

A student who completes a sanctioned SI experience as a requirement of a second major may substitute a non-SI biology course at the 200 level or above for the 4-credit SI experiences listed above, with prior approval granted by the departmental coordinator. A student can count multiple courses from BIOL-464, BIOL-465, BIOL-466 toward the biology major; because the option to enroll in additional SI courses is based on enrollment demands, prior approval must be granted by the departmental coordinator. A student can apply only 2 credits from this list toward the biology major: BIOL-299, BIOL-399, BIOL-499, BIOL-400, BIOL-INTR-xx. Required supporting courses (8 credits): CHEM-131 and CHEM-132 or equivalent. Recommended supporting courses: statistics. Additional recommended supporting courses for students expecting to work toward a M.S. or Ph.D. in the biological sciences: CHEM-321, CHEM-322; MATH-160; PHYS-151, PHYS-152 or PHYS-211, PHYS-212.

MAJOR IN BIOLOGY EDUCATION.  28 credits, including BIOL-130, BIOL-140, BIOL-250, BIOL-310, BIOL-343, One of BIOL-360 or BIOL-362, one of BIOL-386 or BIOL -387; one 4 credit SI experience from biology chosen from BIOL-464, BIOL-465, BIOL-466 or the combination of EDUC-422, EDUC-450 and INTR-EDA90 as part of the Secondary Education program. See the Director of Secondary Education for more details. Required supporting courses (28 credits): CHEM-131, CHEM132, PHYS-151, PHYS-152, ASTR-142, GEOG-105, GEOL-101

MINOR IN BIOLOGY. 20 credits, including 130, 140, 250, and 8 elective credits at the 300-400 level. Also 1 year of General Chemistry (CHEM-131 and 132). A student can apply only 2 credits from this list toward the biology minor: BIOL-299, BIOL-399, BIOL-499, BIOL-400, BIOL-INTR-xx. Required supporting courses (8 credits): CHEM-131 and CHEM-132 or equivalent.

NOTE ON LABORATORY COURSES: In courses that require a co-requisite lab section, the lecture and lab grades are both factored into the final lecture grade. Successful completion of all BIOL lab courses require registration and a passing grade in both the lecture and lab sections. 

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.


Courses (BIOL)

Charlotte Frere

Frere '26 named Augustana's 179th Academic All-American

This is the second consecutive year Augustana has been represented on an Academic All-American team. Charlotte Frere, a biology and kinesiology double major from Preemption, Ill., won the national DIII title this past season in the discus and has a 3.94 GPA.

Dr. Hintzsche and daughter

’06 grad impacting families with PherDal Fertility Science

Some people make a career of improving lives. Dr. Jenn Hintzsche ’06 also helps create them. The FDA has granted clearance to an at-home insemination kit that allows would-be parents to take control of their experience. Dr. Hintzsche created the device.

Walker

PBK Visiting Scholar addresses urgent climate crisis

On Oct. 2-3, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Corey D.B. Walker of Wake Forest University will present a public lecture, take part in class and seminar discussions, and meet informally with students and faculty.