Biological & Environmental Sciences

Thomas Lonergan, Chair
        lonergant@wcsu.edu
       Science Building 201, Midtown campus
       (203) 837-8791
       (203) 837- 8769 (fax)

Cathy Desisto-Reynolds, Department Secretary
       reynoldsc@wcsu.edu
       Science Building 220, Midtown campus
       (203) 837-8791
       (203) 837- 8769 (fax)

Faculty

T.Lonergan, Chair P. Boily F. Dye
R. Halliburton R. Gyure S. Maskel
T. Philbrick T. Pinou  
E. Wong    

 

Affiliated Teaching Faculty--Medical Technology

(Danbury Hospital)

Ramon Kranwinkel, M.D. Medical Director
Salvador Sena, Ph.D. Education Director
Ana H. Vicente MT (ASCP )MHA Program Director

Overview

The programs in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science provide students with the background required to succeed in a wide variety of fields such as cell and molecular biology, medicine, environmental science and education. A core of science courses provides a solid foundation in biology while electives allow students to pursue their special interests. At WestConn all biology majors conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Mission

The programs in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences provide students from diversified backgrounds with the conceptual and technical knowledge for careers in biology, environmental science, teaching, medical technology, as well as to prepare them  for graduate programs and careers in the health sciences.  Electives at WestConn allow students to pursue special interests, and all biology majors conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  The Department also provides service courses to support the education of students in other majors.

Objectives

To accomplish this mission, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences:

  • Prepares students to be successful in careers related to biology by training students for advanced responsibilities in research, education, industry and other biology-related fields
  • Provide up-to-date courses supporting student needs
  • Integrate undergraduate research with faculty research projects
  • Provide a variety of general education and service courses to the WestConn student body  
  • Promotes faculty research and professional contributions that advance the biological and environmental sciences, teaching pedagogy and support regional needs, including science education

Degree Programs in Biological and Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Options:
   Biology

   Ecological Sciences
   Bioscience

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Secondary Education: Biology
Elementary Education: Concentration in Biology
Medical Technology

Minor Program

Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Biology (B.A.)

Requirements:

All degree programs require the completion of general education requirements, the specified courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and exercise science. To contact the department, call (203) 837-8791.

Biology Major

This option is for students planning to continue their education in either graduate school or professional school, such as medical, dental, veterinary, etc. It also will prepare students for entry level positions, such as a laboratory technician in the pharmaceutical industry.

Required Courses:

BIO 103, 104 General Biology I & II
BIO 200 Ecology
BIO 205 or 207 Animal or Plant Physiology
BIO 300 Cell Biology
BIO 312 Genetics
BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 360 Scientific Communication
BIO 490 Senior Research
CHE 110, 111 General Chemistry I & II
CHE 210, 211 Organic Chemistry I & II
Biology electives - Two courses approved by the department (7-8 SH.). Math or science electives - 14 SH approved by the department.

Yearly Plan of Suggested Courses - MAJOR COURSES ONLY

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 103 General Biology I BIO 104 General Biology II
CHE 110 General Chemistry I CHE 111 General Chemistry II

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 200 Ecology BIO 205 Animal Physiology
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 312 Genetics BIO 300 Cell Biology
Biology Elective BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
  BIO 360 Scientific Biology

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 490 Senior Research Biology Elective

*Note: The Secondary Education - Biology (B. S.) Option is the same suggested BIO sequence, except there are NO Biology Electives.

Course Restrictions
For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Bioscience Option
For students who are not planning to continue their biology education after undergraduate school and who wish a course of study with less emphasis on physical science.
Required Courses
BIO 103, 104 General Biology I & II
BIO 200 Ecology
BIO 205 or 207 Animal or Plant Physiology
BIO 310 or 311 Vertebrate Embryology or Developmental Biology
BIO 312 Genetics
BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 360 Scientific Communication
BIO 490 Senior Research
CHE 110, 111 General Chemistry I & II
Biology electives —Courses approved by department. (7-8 SH)
Math or science electives —12 SH approved by department.

Yearly Plan of Suggested Courses - MAJOR COURSES ONLY

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 103 General Biology I BIO 104 General Biology II
CHE 110 General Chemistry I CHE 111 General Chemistry II

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 200 Ecology BIO 205 Animal Biology
  Biology Elective

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 312 Genetics BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 310 Vertebrate Embryology or BIO 311 Developmental Biology BIO 360 Scientific Communication

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 490 Senior Research Biology Elective

Ecology Option:

This option is for students who are interested in ecology and environmental biology and who wish to either work or attend graduate school in that field.

Required Courses:

BIO 103, 104 General Biology I & II
BIO 200 Ecology
BIO 205 or 207 Animal or Plant Physiology
BIO 216 General Microbiology
BIO 312 Genetics
BIO 320 or 450 or 460 Conservation, Population or Ecosystem Ecology
BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 360 Scientific Communication
BIO 490 Senior Research
CHE 110, 111 General Chemistry I & II
MAT 115 or 120 Biostatistics or Elementary Statistics
23-24 SH in science and math, including at least three biology courses and three physical science/math courses from the list approved by the department.

Yearly Plan of Suggested Courses - MAJOR COURSES ONLY

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 103 General Biology I BIO 104 General Biology II
CHE 110 General Chemistry I CHE 111 General Chemistry II

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 200 Ecology BIO 205 Animal Physiology
Physical Science or Math Elective Physical Science or Math Elective

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 312 Genetics BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 320 Conservation or 450 Population or 460 Ecosystem BIO 360 Scientific Communication
Biology Elective  

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 490 Senior Research Biology Elective
Biology Elective  

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education– Biology (B.S.)

Requirements:

See the Department of Education and Educational Psychology within the School of Professional Studies.

*Note: The Secondary Education - Biology (B. S.) Option is the same suggested BIO sequence as the Biology option, except there are NO Biology Electives.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education–Biology (B.S.)

Requirements:

See the Department of Education and Educational Psychology within the School of Professional Studies.

Yearly Plan of Suggested Courses - BIOLOGY COURSES ONLY

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 103 General Biology I BIO 104 General Biology II

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 200 Ecology BIO 205 Animal Physiology
  Biology Elective

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 312 Genetics BIO 325 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 310 Vertebrate Embryology or        BIO 311 Developmental Biology BIO 360 Scientific Communication

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIO 490 Senior Research Biology Elective

*NOTE: This is the same as the Bioscience Option without CHE 110/111 in the first year.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (B.S.)

Requirements:

  Each student must complete a three-year program on campus which includes the general education requirements of the university and science courses as specified in the program shown below. In addition, it is expected that to qualify as a junior in the program, a student will have a cumulative average of 2.5 in biology and 2.5 in chemistry by the end of the sophomore sequence. Finally, each student must complete a year of study in an approved hospital school of medical technology.
   The university offers all possible assistance to students to secure admission to hospital schools, but cannot guarantee admission since each hospital school determines which of its applicants will be accepted. Students should note that full tuition and fees will be charged for this final year of study.
   All courses identified by number and title in the six semester sequence which follows are requirements in this major. Completion of the program within four academic years requires that the biology and chemistry courses be completed in the semester shown.
   The sequence of general education requirements and free electives may be arranged at the student’s discretion to complete 129 SH for graduation.
Coordinator: R. Gyure, Science Building, (203) 837-8796.

Affiliated Hospital Schools and Faculties:

Danbury Hospital

Ramon Kranwinkel, M.D. Medical Director
Salvador Sena, Ph.D. Education Director
Ana H. Vicente MT (ASCP )MHA Program Director

A graduate of the medical technology program will usually work in a hospital laboratory under the direction of a clinical pathologist. Other employment opportunities exist in medical clinics, industry, pharmaceutical laboratories, public health agencies, research institutions and education.

Suggested Six Semester Sequence

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
CHE 110 Gen. Chem I CHE 111 Gen. Chem. II
BIO 103 Gen. Bio. I BIO 104 Gen. Bio. II
MET 001 Intro. Med Tech COM 160, 161, 162
Writing Intensive Course (W)  

Sophomore Year

CHE 210 Organic Chem. CHE 211 Organic Chem.
BIO 215 Microbiology  
BIO 105 Anat. & Phys. I BIO 106 Anat. & Phys. II

Junior Year

CHE 205 Analytical Lec. BIO 300 Cell Biology
CHE 206 Analytical Lab. Immunology**
BIO 312 Genetics MAT 115 or MAT 120
CHE 421 Biochemistry Lec.  

Senior Year

30 credits (hospital)
MET 305 Clinical Microbiology
MET 310 Hematology
MET 315 Clinical Microscopy
MET 320 Blood Banking and Immunohematology
MET 325 Clinical Chemistry
MET 330 Special Topics in Medical Technology
MET 335 Immunology and Serology

* Placement exam required.
** Immunology (BIO 321) taught in alternate years. Please see adviser.

Minor in Biology

At least 18 SH of biology courses* including:
BIO 103, 104 General Biology, I & II

or BIO 110 The Animal World
and BIO 111 General Botany

At least 6 SH of biology courses at or above the 200-level
Additional biology courses to total at least 18 semester hours.

*BIO 100 Concepts of Biology will not count towards the minor; BIO 105, 106 Anatomy & Physiology I & II will count if both courses are taken. Students electing to minor in Biology should consult with the department chairperson for course selection. (A minimum of one-half of all semester hours in the minor must be taken at WestConn. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.00 for the courses taken at WestConn.)


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