Oct 27, 2021  
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Biology Concentration, Biology, B.S.

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Margaret Hoey
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
George Babich (Biology)
Michael Nosek (Biology)
Lisa Grimm (Biology)
Judith Ciottone (Chemistry)
Christopher Picone (Biology)
Ronald Krieser (Biology)
Meledath Govindan (Chemistry)
Thomas Schoenfeld (Biology) Mathangi Krishnamurthy (Chemistry)
Margaret Hoey (Biology)
  John Ludlam (Biology)
Da-hong Lu (Chemistry)   Aisling O’Connor (Chemistry)

  Erin Rehrig (Biology)
    Sean Rollins (Biology)
    Daniel Welsh (Biology)

Objectives for the Program in Biology

Fitchburg State University offers a biology program that emphasizes basic scientific principles while challenging students.  The Department of Biology and Chemistry has a rich history of producing successful graduates in secondary education, biotechnology, environmental biology and health sciences.  Our faculty foster a supportive teaching and learning environment, offer individual attention to students, and provide numerous undergraduate and graduate research opportunities.  The Biology and Chemistry Club sponsors social events to encourage interaction between students and faculty.  The department also offers courses in laboratory science for other majors.

Requirements for the Major in Biology

All Biology majors are required to take four core courses and six advanced BIOL electives (>2000) including a Capstone course, for a total of 36 credits.

The core biology courses include student laboratory work so that students develop the skills of scientific inquiry. Students develop scientific literacy through reading, writing, testing hypotheses, and quantitative analysis. Core courses also integrate computer literacy through lab activities.

Core courses required in the Biology major

Additional Requirements

Biology majors also take six advanced electives at or above BIOL 2000. Independent study, directed study, internship or teaching practicum may each count as one advanced BIOL elective in a student’s program of study. Courses with a separate lecture and lab registration count as a single elective: the lab portion of a course does not constitute a distinct biology elective.

One of the six electives must be a designated Capstone course. Students in the Capstone course conduct a research project to demonstrate their skills in research design and analysis. The Capstone course also meets the  University’s Listening and Speaking and Junior/Senior Writing requirement.

Capstone course options

Capstone courses must be taken at Fitchburg State: courses that transfer as the equivalent course will not fulfill this requirement. Independent studies (BIOL 4903 ) require approval by the departmental curriculum committee in order to fulfill the Capstone requirement.

Required courses in related sciences

In addition to BIOL courses, Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) students are required to take courses in related sciences and two courses in mathematics at or above MATH 1300 . Bachelor of Arts students are required to have foreign language proficiency at the Intermediate level.


These requirements are slightly modified for the Bachelor of Science in Biology/Environmental Science.

BS in Biology/Environmental Biology

The Bachelor of science in Biology/Environmental Biology is an appropriate concentration for students interested in the environmental careers, including ecology research, environmental protection, or state agencies. This concentration includes the requirements of the bachelor of science in Biology with the following exceptions:

  1. Environmental Science (ENSC 1000 ) is required.
  2. One of the six Biology electives is replaced by an internship of 3-6 credits in an environmental area (ENSC 4950 ).
  3. Two semesters of General Physics can be replaced with any two courses at or above the 2000 level with a GEOG or PHYS designation. For example, this requirement would be fulfilled by any two courses from the following list: Physics I, Physics II, Geology, Atmospheres, Oceanography, Map Use, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, or Environmental Hydrogeology. Students considering graduate studies should note that Physics is required by some graduate programs.
  4. While the MATH requirements are the same as for any Biology major, Applied Statistics (MATH 1700 ) is encouraged.

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