Chairperson: Benita Brink, Ph.D.
Email: babrink AT adams DOT edu
Telephone: (719) 587-7256    
Website: http://www.adams.edu/academics/biology/index.php   
Professor(s): Tim Armstrong, Ph.D.; Benita Brink, Ph.D.   
Assoc. Professor(s): Kristy Duran, Ph.D.   
Asst. Professor(s): Adam Kleinschmidt, Ph.D.; Jared Romero, Ph.D.; Matthew Steffenson, Ph.D.   
Instructors: N/A   
   

Students may choose from programs in biology which lead to a bachelor’s degree and, if elected, pre-professional preparation or secondary teacher licensure. The department facilitates student learning through careful advisement, small classes, and an excellent teaching faculty. Current facilities include modern laboratory instrumentation, field equipment, and networked computer systems.

The Biology Program offers several degree programs. The secondary teacher licensure program qualifies students for the Colorado standard teaching license in science education. Students following the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs prepare themselves for careers in private industry, natural resource management, or to continue their education in graduate programs and professional schools.

 



Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Liberal Arts)
Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Science Education) with Secondary Teacher Licensure
Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology)
Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Organismal Biology)
Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Wildlife)
Degree Requirements
Minor in Biology
Completion of at least 18 credits selected in consultation with the department chair or completion of the following required courses:
Biology (Science) Emphasis for Elementary Education Licensure
Degree Requirements
For elementary education licensure, students must complete the Content Area Emphasis and
Required Courses for Emphasis
Pre-Dentistry

It is recommended students prepare for professional school admittance in dentistry by completing the B.S. (cellular and molecular biology) degree in biology or the B.S. (biochemistry) degree in chemistry prior to application for dental school admission. Most dental schools require the courses listed below. Be aware prerequisites vary among dental schools. What follows is typical of the minimum prerequisites. Early consultation with the pre-dental advisor is recommended to plan a program. Some upper-division courses have prerequisites not listed below.


General Biology GT-SC1
General Biology GT-SC1
Genetics
Cellular Biology
Evolution
Comparative Animal Physiology
Comparative Anatomy
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
College Algebra GT-MA1
Trig/ Analytic Geometry GT-MA1
College Physics I GT-SC1
College Physics II
Principles of Economics I
Communication Arts I GT-C01
Communication Arts II GT-C02
Major Themes in Lit GT-AH2
Speech Fundamentals
Plus 6 credits of approved sequence in fine arts/humanities
Pre-Medicine

Admission to postgraduate professional training in medicine is extremely competitive. As a rule, students can seek admission having earned a degree in any of a variety of disciplines, as long as specific courses have been completed as part of the program. Most medical schools require the courses listed below. Some medical schools have additional prerequisites. It is recommended students complete a B.S. degree in biology (cellular and molecular biology) or a B.S. degree in chemistry (biochemistry). It is highly recommended that students consult with the Adams State pre-medical advisor early in their program for information and schedule planning.


General Biology GT-SC1
General Biology GT-SC1
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
Communication Arts I GT-C01
Communication Arts II GT-C02
Major Themes in Lit GT-AH2
College Algebra GT-MA1
Trig/ Analytic Geometry GT-MA1
College Physics I GT-SC1
College Physics II
The following courses are highly recommended:
Pre-Optometry

Adams State University offers pre-professional training to prepare students for admission to optometry schools. Typically, these institutions admit students who have completed a bachelor’s degree.


Students should check with the schools for specific requirements, preferably early in their undergraduate career. Students should consult with the Adams State pre-optometry advisor early in their program for information and schedule planning.
Pre-Pharmacy

Adams State University offers pre-professional training to prepare students for admission to pharmacy school. A minimum of two years, but typically three years, of study is required. Students apply to the pharmacy school(s) of their choice towards the end of the fall semester of their sophomore or junior year. Most pharmacy schools now offer only the doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.), which requires four additional years of study after admission to the pharmacy school. As with all professional schools, admission to pharmacy school is competitive, and students must do well in their courses at Adams State in order to gain admission. All pharmacy schools require certain pre-professional courses, which students can take at Adams State, and some schools also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Early in the first year at Adams State, students should check specific requirements for the pharmacy schools to which they plan to apply and should meet with the pre-pharmacy advisor to help plan an appropriate program of study.

Core science and mathematics courses required for most programs:


General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
General Biology GT-SC1
General Biology GT-SC1
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Microbiology for Non-Majors
Single Var Calculus I GT-MA1
Notes:
College Physics I GT-SC1
Communication Arts I GT-C01
Communication Arts II GT-C02
Principles of Economics I
Speech Fundamentals
One course in psychology, sociology, or history (3 credits)
Social science and humanities electives (9-15 credits)
Pre-Physician Assistant

Admission to physician assistant programs is extremely competitive, roughly equivalent to admission to medical school. Students may seek admission having earned a degree in any of a variety of disciplines, as long as specific courses have been completed as part of the program. The following are the specific course requirements for admission to the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant Program. We recommend students complete a B.S. degree in biology (cellular and molecular biology) and seek consultation with the appropriate advisor. Some upper-division courses have prerequisites not listed below.


General Biology GT-SC1
General Biology GT-SC1
Genetics
Comparative Animal Physiology
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
Intro to Statistical Methods
OR
Intro to Stats Lecture/Lab
Introduction to Psyc GT-SS3
Child Development
Upper-division science (3 credits)
Humanities (not including ENG 101, 12 credits)
Upper-division semester hours (18 credits)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the GRE Writing Assessment are also required.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Students should prepare for admittance to professional schools in veterinary medicine by completing a B.S. degree in biology (cellular and molecular biology) or a B.S. degree in chemistry (biochemistry) prior to application for veterinary school admission. Veterinary schools often list minimum course requirements for admission. What follows is typical of these minimum course lists. Students are strongly urged to consult as early as possible with the biology pre-veterinary advisor to plan a program. Some upper-division courses have prerequisites not listed below.


General Biology GT-SC1
General Biology GT-SC1
Genetics
Cellular Biology
Cellular Biology/Genetics Lab
Evolution
Comparative Animal Physiology
Developmental Biology
Comparative Anatomy
Microbiology
Molecular Biology I
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry GT-SC1
General Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Lab
Communication Arts I GT-C01
Communication Arts II GT-C02
College Algebra GT-MA1
Trig/ Analytic Geometry GT-MA1
Intro to Statistical Methods
College Physics I GT-SC1
College Physics II
Speech Fundamentals
Plus additional, required general education courses.