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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

CHAIR: Craig S. Hood, Ph.D., Office: 347 Monroe Hall
PROFESSORS: Paul W. Barnes, E. Letitia Beard, Patricia L. Dorn, Donald P. Hauber, Craig S. Hood, James L. Wee, David A. White

The undergraduate program in biology provides an outstanding modern science education with required courses in biology (34 hours), chemistry (16 hours), physics (8 hours), calculus (4 hours), and an additional mathematics or statistics course. In addition to these science experiences, the program stresses a liberal arts education in which non-science courses make up approximately half of the curriculum. Thus, biology graduates are prepared to compete in the best graduate and professional programs in the country and abroad. This course of study provides excellent support for students pursuing health professional careers, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, nursing, and related areas. The breadth of educational experiences offered by the program provides the foundation for diverse career opportunities in the life sciences–from health and human services to the environment, to basic and applied research in molecular genetics, virology, cancer biology, developmental biology, botany, ecology and evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbiology, physiology, and zoology.


To earn a B.S. degree in biological sciences, students must complete a curriculum of required biology courses (34 hours) which includes a biology freshmen seminar, three core lecture courses and two lab courses, biology electives (minimum of 22 hours), and adjunct and Common Curriculum courses, and they must complete a departmental comprehensive and exit interview. These requirements are described below.

Biology Core Curriculum: All majors are expected to complete the biology core courses during their first three semesters. These courses present the fundamental concepts of the biological sciences through lectures, discussions, field experiences, and investigative laboratories. Upon completing the biology core courses, students are prepared to enroll in biology elective courses.

Biology Core Courses
  BIOL A100 Biology Freshman Seminar (fall freshman year)
  BIOL A106 Cells and Heredity (fall freshman year)
  BIOL A107 Cells and Heredity Lab (fall freshman year)
  BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms (spring freshman year)
  BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (spring freshman year)
  BIOL A208 Ecology and Evolution (fall sophomore year)

Elective Courses: The remainder of the courses required for the major are biology electives (a minimum of 22 hours) which the students select according to their interests. Students are encouraged to conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty member (see the following page) for which they may receive elective course credit (maximum of six hours).

Laboratory Requirement: The department views field and laboratory experiences as being critical for a modern science education. Therefore, at least five of the core and elective biology courses that students complete must include laboratory experiences. For example, students completing the core courses Cells and Heredity Lab (BIOL A107) and Cell and Molecular Lab (BIOL A207) will have taken two laboratory courses toward this requirement. They then will need to ensure that at least three of the elective courses they select include laboratories.

Undergraduate Research: Research experiences are invaluable to the education of a biologist. Students may elect to conduct original research under faculty guidance in an independent study format in three courses. Research Proposal (BIOL A400), Independent Research (BIOL A401), and Research Thesis (BIOL A402). Students present their findings in a departmental seminar and write their results in a thesis format at the completion of their project.

Departmental Comprehensive: All candidates for graduation must successfully complete comprehensive exit examinations during their senior year.

Departmental Honors Program: Students who complete original research projects (see Undergraduate Research, above) and maintain 3.0 in both their Loyola cumulative and in their biology major coursework are awarded departmental honors in biology.


Teaching and Research Facilities: The department has outstanding modern teaching and research facilities to support its programs. State-of-the-art cellular and molecular instrumentation allows students to carry out experiments including protein analyses, DNA and RNA sequence analyses, gene cloning and expression, and cell and organ differentiation. Equipment and facilities to conduct field investigations in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of southeastern Louisiana include field vehicles, boats, and collecting equipment for environmental sampling instrumentation.

Affiliations: In addition to Loyola’s membership in the New Orleans Consortium, the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences have long-established informal affiliations with research programs in regional institutions. Faculty and students in the department regularly interact with research scientists from LSU Medical Center, LSU Dental School, Tulane University Medical School and School of Public Health, Tulane University, Southern Regional Research Center (USDA), Southern Regional Office of U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, LSU-Baton Rouge, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of New Orleans, and Xavier University. These affiliations have provided our students with outstanding opportunities to work in diverse areas of the life sciences–including basic and applied research in heart disease, cancer, AIDS, aquaculture, immunology, neurobiology, microbiology, cellular physiology, parasitology, conservation of biodiversity, and management of natural resources.

LUMCON Programs in Marine Science: Loyola University is an affiliate member of the Louisiana Universities Marine Science Consortium (LUMCON), which includes 13 state institutions and three private universities. LUMCON maintains a state-of-the-art marine science center on the Gulf Coast in Cocodrie, Louisiana. LUMCON offers undergraduate summer courses in marine sciences which students may take as electives.

Bachelor of Science – (supports preparation for any field of the health professions and graduate studies)

Freshman   F S
Major BIOL A100 / 106 / 107 5 4
Adjunct CHEM A105/A107 — A106/A108 4 4
Adjunct MATH A257 — A258 or MATH A260 4 3 or 4
Foreign Language   3 3
    16 14 - 15
      30 - 31
Sophomore   F S
Major BIOL A208 - BIOL Elective 3 4 - 7
Adjunct CHEM A300/A301 — A305 3 5
Common Curriculum   9 3 or 6
    15 15
Junior   F S
Major BIOL Electives 3 or 4 4 - 6
Elective   3 0
Adjunct PHYS A115 — A116 4 4
Common Curriculum   6 6
    16 - 17 14 - 16
      30 - 33
Senior   F S
Major BIOL Electives 4 - 6 4- 6
Elective   3 4
Common Curriculum   6 4
    14 - 16 12 - 18
      26 - 30
  TOTAL: 120 cr. hrs.

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(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)