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Biology Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Biology Major Courses

BIOL110 General Biology I (4 Credits)
This course deals with the basic principles of biology. Consideration is given to cell biology and structural and functional organization of plants and animals. Principles of reproduction, genetics, and ecology are introduced as well as a brief survey of the kingdoms of living organisms. Beginning course for all biology majors. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
CHEM111 General Chemistry I (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
BIOL112 General Biology II (4 Credits)
This course is a continuation of BIO 110 and emphasizes the diversity, ecology, structure and function of animals. The course will survey the animal kingdom and discuss adaptations for homeostasis, reproduction and interaction with the environment. Topics also include brief examination of community and ecosystem biology with an emphasis on sustainability and stewardship. (Three hours lectrure and two hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: None, BIO 110 recommended. (Offered spring semester.)
CHEM112 General Chemistry II (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of the periodic table, atomic structure, bond types, molecular geometry, reaction rates, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three hours lab per week.) (Offered fall and spring semesters respectively.)
BIOL305 Genetics (4 Credits)
The facts of heredity; reproduction and development; the mechanism of heredity; hybridization and Mendel's laws; heredity in man and in its broader social applications. Recommended for all biology majors and required of all biology majors in secondary education. (Two hours lecture and four hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 110 and 112. (Offered spring semester.)
BIOL360 Microbiology (4 Credits)
Behavior and activity of microorganisms more or less common in the natural environment. Special attention given to the physiology of bacteria. Includes concepts of immunology and epidemiology. Required of all biology majors in secondary education and all pre-med and med-tech students. (Two hours lecture and four hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112, CHM 112, or permission of instructor. (Offered fall semester.)
BIOL370 Basic Ecology (4 Credits)
This course will deal with the physical and biotic factors of the environment that affect individual organisms and populations. Principles of ecology will be studied at the organismic, population, and community level. Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112, or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
BIOL410 Seminar in Biology (2 Credits)
Reading and discussion assignments for the biology major dealing with recent biology research and advancement. Special projects and problems may be done on an individual basis. Offered each spring to be taken by all biology majors during their senior year. Secondary education majors in biology and pre-med-tech biology majors should take this course during their junior year. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: If taken for credit, 16 hours of previous biology. Anyone expecting to major in the Department may participate without credit. (Offered spring semester.)
Choose PSYC202/SOCI202 - Choose PSYC202 or SOCI202 (Courses Required: 1)
PSYC202 Statistics (3 Credits)
PSY 202 Statistics Three Credits Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, correlation and regression analysis, and various tests of significance using both parametric and nonparametric procedures. Cross listed with SOC 202. Meets quantitative reasoning requirement. (Offered every semester.)
SOCI202 Statistics (3 Credits)
SOC 202 Statistics Three Credits A study of basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include graphic representations, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, and various significant tests of relationship, including measures of association, correlation, linear relationship, and means tests. This course includes an introduction to multivariate statistics and non-parametrics. Cross listed with PSY 202. Meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement. (Offered every semester.)
Biology Electives - Select 10 credits from three of the four groups. (Credits Required: 10.00) (Courses Required: 3)
Choose One - Field Biology Courses
BIOL215 Survey/Plant Kingdom (Taxonomy) (4 Credits)
In this course the major emphasis is on a survey of the vascular plants and common families of flowering plants. Topics included are principles of flowering plant taxonomy, mechanisms of adaptation and plant ecology. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
BIOL263 Environmental Topics Seminar (2 Credits)
This seminar will be based on a central theme each semester. Topics will range from Wetland Ecology to Forestry. Students will be introduced to the scientific literature relating to the semester's topic and will be expected to conduct literature reviews, provide written outlines and oral reports to the class. A student may apply one lower division and one upper division topic toward a major in environmental biology. Prerequisite: BIO 110 and 112 or permission of instructor. (Offered irregularly.)
BIOL265 Environmental Issues (4 Credits)
Through an introduction of basic concepts underlying the environmental sciences, this course is designed to facilitate the integration of Christian philosophy and an ethic of environmental stewardship. Subject matter will include fundamentals and practical applications of the sciences in relation to biodiversity, domestic and solid waste management, nuclear power and fossil fuel for energy, global climate change, water resource management and populations issues. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112, CHM 111, PHY 120C or permission of instructor. (Offered irregularly)
BIOL300 Field Biology (4 Credits)
Fieldwork will involve identification of the common plants and animals and consideration of ecological principles (e.g., succession, etc.) as seen in the field. Field trips will be made to various ecosystems. Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112, 115 or permission of instructor. (Offered irregularly)
BIOL363 Environmental Topics Seminar (2 Credits)
This seminar will be based on a central theme each semester. Topics will range from Wetland Ecology to Forestry. Students will be introduced to the scientific literature relating to the semester's topic and will be expected to conduct literature reviews, provide written outlines and oral reports to the class. A student may apply one lower division and one upper division topic toward a major in environmental biology. Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112, 115, 215, and CHM 112 or permission of instructor. (Offered irregularly.)
BIOL365 Environmental Law & Policy (3 Credits)
A study of legislation and implementing regulatory bodies dealing with U.S. and international policy. Students will gain a balanced, yet critical, account of how regulation is carried out, and the effect of policitical forces. Issues of general interest (e.g., solid waste, water, and air quality) are explored, as are emerging issues such as environmental waste at nuclear weapons facilities and political problems inherent in protecting biodiversity. The crisis of regulatory capacity in the U.S., which has developed in the environmental field since 1970, including deficiencies in institutional and policy design are also examined.
Choose One - Anatomical Biology Courses
BIOL245 Human Anatomy and Physiol (4 Credits)
This course is designed to deal with all the human body systems as to structure and function. Material covered is intended for those planning to teach biology in high school or enter the allied health professions, and to meet the needs of students majoring in physical education. Required of all physical education majors and biology majors in secondary education. (Two lectures and two two-hour labs per week.) (Offered fall semester)
BIOL309 Comparative Anatomy (4 Credits)
This will be a study of the similarities of anatomy and phylogenetic relationships of major vertebrate groups. Specifically, it will compare phylogeny, ontogeny, and morphology in groups ranging from protochordates to highly derived vertebrates. It will examine structure of anatomical features, emphasizing how anatomy relates to function including comparisons of specialized features in organisms adapted to different conditions. Laboratories will involve detailed dissections. Prerequisite: BIO110, 112. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
BIOL330 Developmental Biology (4 Credits)
This course covers the cellular and molecular processes involved in generating an embryo, in creating various tissues and organs, and the effect of external stimuli on development. Topics include: genome structure, gene expression and regulation, cell cycle control, pattern formation, signal transduction, gametogenesis, organogenesis, and methods used in studying developmental biology. Prerequsite: BIO110, 112. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
BIOL345 Human Anatomy and Physiol (4 Credits)
A continuation of BIO 245. (Two hours lecture and four hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 245. (Offered spring semester.)
Choose One - Cellular?Molecular Biology
BIOL314 Biochemistry I (4 Credits)
This course is a survey of the chemical reactions in living systems. The general biochemistry including a detailed look at DNA, transcription, translation, protein synthesis, lipid metabolism (e.g., cholesterol synthesie) and amino acide and nucleic acid metabolism will be studied. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with CHM 314. Prerequisite: CHM 201 or concurrent enrollment. (Offered fall semester.)
CHEM314 Biochemistry I (4 Credits)
This course is a survey of the chemical reactions in living systems. The general biochemistry including a detailed look at DNA, transcription, translation, protein synthesis, lipid metabolism (e.g., cholesterol synthesie) and amino acide and nucleic acid metabolism will be studied. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with BIO 314. Prerequisite: CHM 201 or concurrent enrollment. (Offered fall semester.)
BIOL340 Cell Biology (4 Credits)
Studies the structure and function of the cell, while examining the highly significant and diversified roles that cells play in living organisms. Includes information about major macromolecules, organelles and their functions, such as protein synthesis, cellular respiration, replication, and characteristics of different type cells. Lab includes biotechnological and biochemical experiments. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: BIO 110, 112 and CHM 112. CHM 201 recommended. (Offered spring semester.)
BIOL341 Instrumental Analysis (4 Credits)
This course covers the major types of instrumentation utilized in chemistry, biology and physics by providing "hands-on" experience as well as emphasizing the underlying principles. (Three hours of lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with CHM 342/PHY 342. Prerequisite: CHM 112, PHY 120C, CHM 201 recommended. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
CHEM342 Instrumental Analysis (4 Credits)
This course covers the major types of instrumentation utilized in Chemistry, Biology and Physics by providing "hands-on" experience as well as emphasizing the underlying principles. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with BIO 341/PHY 342. Prerequisite: CHM 112, AND PHY 120. Chemistry 201 recommended. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
Choose One - Self-Directed Courses/Experiences
BIOL351 Biological Problems (2 Credits)
A project course. An opportunity for students to make a beginning at research work or learn skills in areas such as cell/molecular biology, plant taxonomy, biological illustrating, or micro technique. The assigned project will be related to major interest. Prerequisite: Major in biology. (Offered irregularly.)
BIOL390 Readings/Biology (2 Credits)
Selected readings chosen by student and instructor.
BIOL395 Biology Internship (1 Credit)
Biology majors may earn a maximum of eight semester credits while engaged in a practicum experience related to their specific field of interest. The potentials for the practicum are unlimited. The practicum may involve work or volunteer service in any biologically related career. Each practicum will need the approval of the Department chair. It is the student's responsibility to initiate a request for the practicum, suggest prospective openings, and declare in writing their interests and goals for each practicum. The practicum will be taken for pass/fail credit unless the student formally requests a letter grade before attempting the practicum.
BIOL405 Biology Practicum (1 Credit)
Biology majors may earn a maximum of eight semester credits while engaged in a practicum experience related to their specific field of interest. The potentials for the practicum are unlimited. The practicum may involve work or volunteer service in any biologically related career. Each practicum will need the approval of the Department chair. It is the student's responsibility to initiate a request for the practicum, suggest prospective openings, and declare in writing their interests and goals for each practicum. The practicum will be taken for pass/fail credit unless the student formally requests a letter grade before attempting the practicum.

Available Emphases

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy require a strong chemistry component to the education. The biology courses should include cell biology, microbiology, and physiology. Courses that aid the student in communication are highly recommended. The dietitian needs several behavioral science courses since much of their role is often motivating people to change their life patterns of eating. Students will need to leave Greenville after a year or two, or plan to pursue that career in a graduate program.

Pre-Medical Technology

The pre-medical technology training must include courses in biology and microbiology, and 3 years of chemistry. Chemistry courses past the general chemistry should be organic, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, and possibly 1 semester of physical chemistry, a college math class and general education requirements for graduation.

Pre-Optometry

Optometry schools require only 2-3 years of schooling before admission into their programs. The OAT (Optometry Admission Test) must be taken the year prior to admission into the school. Typical requirements include one year of chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry, one semester of calculus, one semester of statistics, one year of physics, three courses in behavioral sciences, one year of English and speech, and one year of biology, plus other biology courses which should include microbiology, genetics, physiology and embryology.

Pre-Physical or Occupational Therapy

A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT. The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a discipline which uses several types of procedures to train or rehabilitate persons with motor disabilities. The disabilities may result from developmental problems, poor health or an accident.

Physical therapists usually specialize in helping people develop skills of large muscle groups, such as walking, range of joint motion or muscle strengthening after surgery or an accident.

 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists plan and direct educational, vocational and recreational activities designed individuals with disabilities to become self-sufficient.

The OT helps patients develop activities such as eating, dressing, and writing as well as vocational skills such as typing and operating power tools. The patients' mobility coordination, self-sufficiency and confidence are all part of the therapy program. Design of special equipment or devices which will aid the patient in their daily endeavors are also part of the job.

 

Entrance Expectations in PT or OT

A student interested in a profession in physical therapy or occupational therapy must be prepared to accept the rigors of the educational process. Competition for entrance into most schools is very intense.

The student must have a very high GPA in their undergraduate program, an average or above average GRE test score, completed the courses required for entrance into the school to which they are applying, have good recommendations and show a strong desire to become part of the profession as shown through previous observational or volunteer activities in the field.

Greenville prepares a student well in the undergraduate science and psychology requirements. The general education requirements for graduation help prepare the student for the general section of the GRE. A few of the programs into which recent Greenville College graduates have been accepted in PT or OT are Washington University in St. Louis, University of Virginia, and Northwestern University in Illinois.

 

Educational Role of Greenville College

A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy of occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT. The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.

 

Required Courses for a Biology Major with a PT or OT Emphasis

  • General Biology - 8 credits
  • General Chemistry - 8 credits
  • General Botany - 4 credits
  • Cell Biology - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
  • General Physiology - 4 credits
  • Vertebrate Morphogenesis - 4 credits
  • Senior Seminar - 2 credits
  • One biology department elective

 

Suggested Courses

  • Physics (with lab) - 4 or 8 credits
  • General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and/or Psychopathology
  • Statistics and college math (calculus)
  • History or political science
  • A practicum course or verification of 100 hours of observation
  • Electives: Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Ethics

 

*Completion of all general education requirements for a BA degree are also required.

 

Greenville Advantages

The liberal arts education at Greenville College preceding the PT or OT training has the following advantages:

  • Greenville's goal is to educate the whole person which helps the student understand who they are and their role in the world.
  • A liberal arts education gives the PT or OT windows of opportunity for relating with patients in areas other than the patient's problem.
  • A liberal arts education teaches people from a broad base of perspective that also allows for better understanding of clients.
  • The classes from the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Science are rigorous courses that place emphasis on fundamental concepts taught by specialists in each field. The courses are those designed for majors in each respective department.
  • Greenville's emphasis on building servant leaders provides an excellent model for the physical or occupational therapist's career.
  • Greenville College honors Christ, the best model of a servant healer that we have in history, in all of its programming.

 

Accreditation

Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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Pre-Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

What is a Physician Assistant?

The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

The functions of the PA include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative activities and services to allow more effective use of the physician's knowledge, skills and abilities.

The PA will take medical histories, order laboratory tests, determine treatment, give medical advice, counsel patients, perform physical exams, diagnose common illnesses, assist in surgery and promote wellness.

 

Preparation for Entrance into PA Training

Most of the 80 PA training programs in the country that complete the educational and clinical preparation to be a PA are upper division 24-27 month programs. The student must fulfill entrance requirements and apply for entrance into the program the year prior to admittance. Greenville College is very able to provide the educational component necessary for entrance.

Greenville has a strong science division where required science classes provide a background necessary for future clinical training. Greenville tries to educate the whole person, which gives the student a better understanding of themselves and a broad understanding of people.

The liberal arts components of Greenville gives the student a world view and information that will enhance the patient/PA relationship. Our emphasis on building servant leaders provides good modeling and training for the PA. Jesus Christ, the greatest healer, is taught about and emulated on campus.

 

Requirements for Admission into most PA Training Programs:

General education requirements frequently include three classes in english and communication, four classes in humanities, religion, and philosophy and several classes in behavioral science.

 

Specific Requirements:

  • General Chemistry (with labs) - 8 credits
  • General Biology - 8 credits
  • Microbiology - 4 credits
  • Medical Terminology
  • Psychopathology - 4 credits
  • Statistics - 4 credits

 

Electives:

  • Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
  • General Physiology - 4 credits

Computer literacy is often expected and practical medical experience is always expected.

The student will need to be sure that the required courses for the PA school of their choice are taken.

 

PA School Admission Competition

The student should be aware of strong competition around the country for positions in PA schools. An average of seven applications exist for each opening. Therefore, students need to be certain that all the prerequisites for entrance into the school of their choice are completed.

Most schools have a requirement of hands-on medical experience, either volunteer or paid. So, students need to get CNA or emergency training or volunteer to help with patient care in some way before attempting to be admitted into a PA program. This training could be accomplished during the first two academic years.

 

Accreditation

Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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Pre-Veterinary

Veterinary training consists of four years. The first year is most often, didactic teaching and laboratory instruction, which focuses on the basic biomedical sciences. The second year is usually concerned with patho-physiology of specific diseases. The final two years are a variety of clinical rotations.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

A career in veterinary medicine offers outstanding opportunities to help animals and to advance comparative medical knowledge. The veterinarian diagnoses and looks at the prognosis of disease, prescribes drugs or therapy or performs surgery on animals. Many specialize in certain groups of animals.

Our urbanized society has a great interest in animal life and the agricultural community has a great need for well-trained persons. Usually not only the diseases of animals are studied, but issues related to animals, such as animal welfare, ethical dimensions of veterinary medicine, and roles of animals in urban and rural environments and societies.

The job opportunities include a veterinary practitioner, research scientist, public health officer, industrial or military veterinarian, or veterinary educator.

 

Veterinary Schooling Requirements

Admission into a veterinary school requires much of the same training as medical school. The applicant may either complete a preveterinary program which usually takes three years or get a bachelors degree (which most schools prefer).

Then they must apply to a school of veterinary medicine. The application process includes recommendations, Veterinary Aptitude Test (VAT) or in a few cases the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to January of the year they are applying. Applicants also need to have a grade point average that is competitive for the school they are planning to attend, and the minimum math and science academic requirements, and some general education classes.

Veterinary training consists of four years. The first year is most often didactic teaching and laboratory instruction which focuses on the basic biomedical sciences. The second year is usually concerned with pathophysiology of specific diseases. The final two years are a variety of clinical rotations.

 

Math/Science Requirements for Admission to Veterinary School

  • Biology - 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry - 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry - 2 semesters
  • Physics - 2 semesters
  • Math - 2 semesters (or 1 of math and one of statistics)

 

Highly Recommended:

  • Biochemistry - 1 semester
  • Genetics - 1 semester
  • Microbiology - 1 semester
  • Physiology - 1 semester
  • Comparative or Developmental anatomy - 1 semester

Most schools also require a number of general education courses that include english, behavioral/social science, and humanities.

 

The Greenville Advantage

The liberal arts education at Greenville is an excellent preparation for entrance into veterinary school. The liberal arts education prepares students well for admission exams such as the VAT, GRE, or MCAT (Medical College Admittance Test).

The classes from the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Science are rigorous courses that place emphasis on fundamental concepts taught by specialists in the field. The courses are those designed for majors in each respecitive department.

Greenville's emphasis on the whole person and servant leadership helps a students to learn to assist those in the community in which they work.

 

Accredation

Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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Nursing Partnerships

The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare you for admission into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or co-enrollment in an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) to graduate with an ADN as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

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Engineering Dual Degree Program

For nearly 50 years, our Engineering Dual Degree students have seen great success at two of the best engineering schools in the country. Greenville College offers a unique program that allows students to earn a Physics, Chemistry or Biology degree from Greenville College along with an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois or Washington University.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, engineering is projected to be one of the top five areas of employment for the next decade. If you have been prepared by your high school education in writing, communications, mathematics and science, you should be ready to move into the college level courses. You will have to study a lot, but anything worth doing requires some effort. The payback occurs in career satisfaction. The engineering profession ranks in the upper 15% among the 250 types of work endeavors.

Dual Degree with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Engineering School at UIUC ranks number 6 overall in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The Dual Degree (3-2) program results in a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UIUC.

Dual Degree with Washington University in St. Louis

The Engineering School at Washington University in St. Louis is ranked number 14 overall according to U.S. News and Word Report. This Dual Degree (3-2) program results in a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Washington University.

The following degree plan provides a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program:

Benefits of the 3/2 Program

  1. Successful completion of Greenville's engineering program, with an appropriate GPA, guarantees admission to top quality engineering schools for the remaining two years.
  2. Receive personal attention in the math and physics courses that provide the backbone of any engineering program.
  3. Gain exposure to the many engineering opportunities before making a final commitment to a specific field.
  4. Remain flexible in your career options by starting with the practical, broad- natured pre-engineering courses that prepares one for many fields.
  5. Obtain two degrees -- a liberal arts degree in addition to an engineering degree. Employers seek graduates with a broad background to better adapt to our constantly changing society.
  6. Spend three years at a campus where Christian principles and values are taught and practiced.

International Students

Greenville College works alongside Yenching Elite Education as our premier partner in China for recruiting qualified Chinese students into its engineering dual-degree program. Yenching Elite Education focuses on providing access to our “Pathways Programs” designed to assist Chinese students upon graduating from high school. Students completing a one-year Pathway Program enjoy a curriculum focused on English language development and additional coursework to prepare them for attending the school’s four-year degree program. Yenching Elite Education also collaborates to find top students interested in pursuing our Engineering Dual Degree (3:2) partnerships with University of Illinois and Washington University

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Pre-Medicine

The successful Pre-Medicine student usually majors in both biology and chemistry. This includes completing Calculus I, and two semesters of physics, plus all the required general education courses. All of the courses help prepare you for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), which is generally taken in the spring of the junior year. The extensive application to medical school is completed in the summer between the junior and senior year.

The Medical Career

Students interested in serving God and the world through the medical profession typically get specialty training to become a physician through either the doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degrees. Both training methods have the same licensing priveleges.

Enjoyment of problem solving is a must, for the good physician is foremost a problem solver. One must also be able to delay gratification for many years, since the average time of training from undergraduate through residency is 11-13 years. The rewards, however, are many for those willing to commit to the rigors of training.

Greenville gives the student a good start in the training process, through an educational program with proven success, and a faculty that supports and cares for the development of the whole student. Greenville is uniquely equipped to prepare you for a meaningful life and success in your career. An indication of the quality of Greenville's program is that, of those Pre-Med students graduating in the past 15 years, at least a half dozen have joined other alumni who are now medical school faculty members, including one who is a founding editor of the Journal of Maternal & Fetal Medicine.

The Greenville Education

Greenville College has had success preparing students for admission into medical school because of the following:

  • Strong academic preparation. In the laboratory, students are expected to use major pieces of equipment often found only at much larger institutions and reserved for graduate programs. The college has a strong and balanced science and math division. The pre-professional student takes courses designed for majors bound for graduate school in each of the disciplines. There are no abbreviated courses simply to meet minimum professional school requirements.
  • Supportive faculty. Faculty will take a personal interest in the student, both in and out of the classroom. Upper division classes are small, with much individual instruction. The pre-med advisor takes students to medical school seminars to learn about current admission procedures.
  • Personal growth. The college strives to educate servant leaders, encouraging participation in activities that will aid the student in understanding and preparing for a lifetime in a service profession.
  • A recent report of the "Council on Medical Education" encouraged medical schools to look for the broadly educated applicant. Greenville's liberal arts tradition gives that broad perspective for which medical schools are looking.

Medical Admission Requirements

Most pre-med students major in either biology, chemistry, or both. However, no particular major is necessary for entrance into medical school. The core of courses required are:

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry recommended
  • Calculus
  • 1 year of physics
  • General education courses that give a broad understanding of life
  • Successful scores on the MCAT (medical college admission test)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A strong GPA

We strongly recommend more biology; thus the biology major is a good preparation for entrance into medical school. Further courses which prove helpful are cell biology, microbiology, genetics, general physiology, and vertebrate morphogenesis. All of the courses recommended or required have successfully prepared many students in the past for medical schools all over the country.

Greenville's composite letter of recommendation is much appreciated by medical schools. The composite letter is written by professors who know the students personally and have counseled them in their health career. It is compiled by the science division and sent to each of the medical schools to which the student wishes to apply.

Greenville College BA in Biology degree with Pre-Med emphasis

In addition to the courses listed under medical admission requirements, the student will need to complete a biology major and general education requirements to graduate from Greenville College. Courses not previously listed that are required for the biology major are botany, cell biology, and senior seminar. A total of 32 credits are required for a major in biology. General education requirements for graduation in addition to previously listed courses are:

  • 1 year of English
  • 1 course in communication
  • 1 course in philosophy
  • 1 course in behavioral science
  • 1 course in history, and an additional history or behavioral science course
  • 1 course in fine arts
  • Language proficiency or equivalent to 3 semesters of college foreign language
  • 2 designated religion classes (Bible and Culture, Faith and Learning)
  • 4 credits in physical education

Accreditation

Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations for teachers.

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Engineering Triple Degree Program

The Triple Degree (3-3) program offers direct entry into the graduate engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis. Graduates will receive a BA in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College, a BS in Engineering and a MS in Engineering from Washington University.

Triple Degree (3-3) program graduates will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from Washington University. The GRE is not required for admission. Generous scholarships are available for both domestic and international students including 50 percent of tuition during the first year, 55 percent of tuition during the second year and 60 percent of tuition during the third and final year of a student's enrollment at Washington University.

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General Engineering

This regular 4-year engineering program prepares students with engineering physics for today’s complex engineering challenges.

Students will work on major technical projects or have practical experiences. Graduates will be able to work in the private sector or in research laboratories at the forefront of technology, or pursue an advanced degree in engineering or applied physics.

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Career Opportunities

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Food & Drug Inspector
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Botanist
  • Wildlife Biologist