Department of Biology
Dr. Amiel G. Jarstfer, Dean of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor: Elliott
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology is designed for breadth of exposure to the liberal arts with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Depending upon the minor field chosen to accompany this major, you can create a variety of career options. This program of study is ideal for the student considering pharmaceutical sales or as preparation for allied health careers or nursing. A two-year pre-nursing program could also be selected from courses in this sequence.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is a pure science oriented degree that emphasizes all of the laboratory sciences. This course of study is designed to prepare you for graduate studies, employment at the technician level in agriculture, government, business, and industry related fields, or for admission to professional schools such as schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or physical therapy.
Pre-Medical And Other Health Care Professional Programs
While medical and other health profession schools vary in the requirements for admission, nearly all have certain basic requirements that can be met at LeTourneau University. LeTourneau provides the appropriate programs for students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry, and other health care professions. A strong background in science is necessary but should be augmented with a broad background in the liberal arts. Majors in biology or chemistry are excellent courses of study for a pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary student but the requirements may also be met through other majors as long as certain courses are included in the program.
Generally, the preferred pre-medical curriculum includes:
12 credits of English
16 credits of biology
8 credits of physics
8 credits of general chemistry
8 credits of organic chemistry
3-6 credits of calculus
Good planning, comprehensive advising, and counseling are important to the success of the student. Careful preparation will enhance opportunities for acceptance in the highly competitive health profession schools. Part of the preparation involves clinical education experience. LeTourneau provides this opportunity through arrangements with local health care providers and a network of local physicians. You should plan to participate in the clinical experience in your sophomore year and the first semester of your junior year. The specific courses are BIOL 3921 Introduction to Clinical Issues and BIOL 4931 Clinical Observation (2 hours).