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Donna M. Howell, PhD
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Phone: (973) 290-4094
Email: dhowell@cse.edu
Office: Henderson Hall - Room 115

Biology

Program Overview

The Biology Program provides a rigorous and solid foundation to the principles of all important areas of modern biology. In the training of a biology major, emphasis is placed on critical thinking and investigative skills. The program also provides ancillary courses for students majoring in biochemistry, and foods and nutrition. It also offers courses for non-science majors in an effort to increase the science literacy of all students and to provide a foundation for extending their understanding of science in daily life. The College of Saint Elizabeth is a member of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society.

Students fulfilling the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in biology are prepared for professional or graduate school. Students may also choose a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology which will prepare them in science related careers, outside of biology, such as business, health services, medical law and ethics, public health, science journalism, and science/health reporting.

Students can also obtain a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science by completing three years of course work in the Biology department of the College of Saint Elizabeth followed by 15 months at Rutgers University and its affiliated laboratory facilities. Options at Rutgers include medical technology or cytotechnology. Following completion of the three years plus 15 months, a student will obtain a joint degree from the two institutions. A complete description of the programs at Rutgers can be found at http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/CLS/.

A Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences is a joint degree conferred by the College of Saint Elizabeth and Rutgers University –School of Health Related Professions after completion of three years at CSE followed by 15 months at Rutgers University. Students have four programs of study to choose from—Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Sonography and Nuclear Medicine Technology. A complete description of the programs at Rutgers can be found at http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/med_imaging/.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) have developed a 3+4 program for qualified students. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required pre-requisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of all course requirements at CSE, a student will then attend the New York College of Podiatric Medicine for four years and complete training in podiatric medicine. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at NYCPM and her D.P.M. at the completion of the program. A complete description of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine program can be found at http://www.nycpm.edu/.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy have developed a joint program for qualified students interested in pursuing a B.S./Pharm.D degree. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required pre-requisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of required biology and general education courses at CSE, a student will then attend Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy for three years and complete training in pharmacy. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at Saint Joseph College and her Pharm.D at the completion of the program at Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy. A complete description of the Pharm.D program at Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy can be found at http://www.sjc.edu/academics/schools/school-of-pharmacy/.

American University of Antigua College of Medicine will offer admission to the educational program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree to graduates (B.S. in biology) of the College of Saint Elizabeth. The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) have developed a B.S./M.D. program for qualified students. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for four years and complete their B.S. in Biology at CSE. Following the successful completion of a B.S. in Biology at CSE, the student will then attend AUA for four years and complete training in medicine. A student receives her M.D. at the completion of the program at AUA. A complete description of AUA medical program can be found at http://www.auamed.org/.

Compatible with the Mission and Values of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the mission of the Biology Program is to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the principles in biology. Our program emphasizes the application of the scientific process and practical skills necessary to be successful in attaining different career choices, and to be able to communicate the impact and significance of biology to society. The Biology Programs goal is to create a teaching and learning environment which:

  • Provides students the breadth of knowledge in the biology discipline
  • Provides students with investigative skills and promotes critical thinking
  • Teaches and fosters ethical behavior and professional integrity
  • Prepares students for admission into professional and graduate degree programs as well as the ability to be competitive in the science industry market and in science related careers.
  • Prepares students to be informed and to communicate the major issues at the forefront of the biology discipline

Outcomes

Completion of biology coursework and the capstone experience students in the B.A./B.S. biology degree program will demonstrate their competence in the major by being able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key biological principles in the general and sub-branches of the biology discipline*
  • Demonstrate how the scientific process is applied
  • Access and effectively utilize current biological literature and communicate effectively in a variety of methods, including written papers, as well as oral presentations. Students will also be proficient in the use of modern technologies which facilitate communication (B.A./B.S. program)
  • Demonstrate the integration of biology and the impact of science and their roles as biologists in society (B.A./B.S. program)

*Capstone Experience: an exam will be given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam will include objective questions that consists of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition a separate exam section will cover basic solution calculations. The second day will consist of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.A. program and B.S. program.

Graduates

Students who have graduated from the Biology Program have followed numerous career paths. Recent graduates have been accepted and/or entered professional schools in veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State Veterinary School and Ross University Veterinary School.

Students have been accepted in medical schools such as Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA). Other students have entered Ph.D. programs in various areas of science and Physician Assistant programs. Recent graduates are attending programs at Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University.

Other graduates of the program have chosen other career paths. For example, careers in pharmaceutical research, state public health/environmental and clinical laboratories, biostatistical analysis, documentation management and privately owned pet stores.

Requirements

B.A. in Biology

Core Requirements

  • BIO111* Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113* Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO431 Senior Seminar (1)
  • BIO--- 300-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 300/400 Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 400-Level Elective** (4)

Total: 33 credits

*A grade of C+ or better is required.

**Research and non-major courses cannot be used to fulfill Requirements for the major.

Related Requirements

  • CHEM151 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH119  Elementary Statistics (3)

Total credits for Bachelor of Arts in Biology: 44

Capstone Requirement

Capstone Experience: an exam will be given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam will include objective questions that consist of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition a separate exam section will cover basic solution calculations. The second day will consist of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.A. program.

B.S. in Biology

Core Requirements

  • BIO111* Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113* Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO431 Senior Seminar (1)
  • BIO--- 300-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 300-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 400-Level Elective** (4)
  • BIO--- 400-Level Elective** (4)

Total: 37 credits

*A grade of C+ or better is required.

**Research and non-major courses cannot be used to fulfill Requirements for the major.

Related Requirements

  • CHEM151 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH153* Calculus II (4), or
  • MATH119* Elementary Statistics (3)
  • Phys149 General Physics I (4)
  • Phys153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 31 or 32 credits

*With approval of major advisor.

Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Biology: 68-69

Capstone Requirement

Capstone Experience: an exam will be given in two parts on two separate dates. The first day of the exam will include objective questions that consist of multiple choice questions covering Fundamentals of Biology I and II, Microbiology and Cell Biology. In addition a separate exam section will cover basic solution calculations. The second day will consist of essay questions in upper level elective courses specific to the B.S. program.

Sufficient Progress in the Major

  • Students must have passed BIO 111 and BIO 113 with a grade of C+ or better in order to continue as a biology major in their sophomore year.
  • Students must pass, with a grade of C or better, BIO 209, BIO 251, CHEM 151, CHEM 153 (and all of their respective labs), MATH 151 and Math 153 or Math 119 prior to the start of fall semester of the junior year to continue as a biology major.
  • Students in the B.A biology degree program must have passed all of the above courses as well as BIO303 and at least one upper level biology elective – all with a grade of C or better – prior to the start of the fall semester of the senior year to continue as a biology major.
  • In addition, students in the B.S. biology degree program must have passed all of the above courses as well as BIO 303, CHEM 211 and CHEM 213 and at least one upper level biology elective – all with a grade of C or better – prior to the start of the fall semester of the senior year to continue as a biology major.

B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

During the first three years at the College of Saint Elizabeth, a student must fulfill all of the general education requirements of the College. The student must also complete the following science and mathematics courses required by both institutions prior to admission to Rutgers University:

Medical Technology

Required Courses

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO415 Immunology (4)
  • BIO417 Physiology (4)
  • CHEM151 Fund Principles of Chem I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fund Principles of Chem II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • MATH149 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) if needed
  • MATH151 or Calculus I (4)

Total: 51 credits

An overall grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) and grades of C or better are required in all of the above courses.

In addition, the following science courses are recommended:

  • BIO413 Molecular Biology Techniques (4)
  • CHEM317 Theory of Analytical Chem (3)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Cytotechnology

Required Courses

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO309 Histology (4)
  • BIO321 Comparative Anatomy (4)
  • BIO417 Physiology (4)
  • CHEM151 Fund Principles of Chem I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fund Principles of Chem II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemistry (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • MATH149 Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) if needed
  • MATH151 or Calculus I (4)

Total: 55 credits

An overall grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) and grades of C or better are required in all of the above listed courses.

In addition, the following science courses are recommended:

  • BIO415 Immunology (4)
  • CS115 Intro to Computer Science I (3)

BIO 111 and 113 or their equivalent is a prerequisite for all major courses designated 200 or above except BIO 209. Students can fulfill this prerequisite by means of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or advanced placement tests.

B.S. in Medical Imaging Sciences

During the first three years at the College of Saint Elizabeth, a student must fulfill all of the general education requirements of the College. The student must also complete the following science and mathematics courses required by both institutions prior to admission to Rutgers University.

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics

Two additional upper level biology electives (8)

  • CHEM151 General chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM153 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM323 Biochemsitry (4)
  • Math 119 Elementary Statistics (4)
  • Math 149 Precalculus (4) if needed
  • Math 151 Calculus I (4)
  • Phys 149 Physics I (4)
  • Phys 153 Physcis II (4)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8) – not offered at CSE. Should be taken during the summer at a Community College.

An overall grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) and grades of C or better are required in all of the above courses. More than one C is discouraged.

B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) Dual Degree Program

A joint program leading to a Bachelor in Science in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing ailments and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Podiatrists are trained in surgery, management of wound care and radiology. In addition, podiatrist can prescribe orthotic devices to assist in aligning the feet, knees and hips properly to relieve pain. The number of diabetic patients is rapidly increasing in the United States. Podiatrists play a critical role in the management of diabetic foot care. The need for foot and ankle care will become increasingly important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) have developed a 3+4 program for qualified students. CSE has four seats available for each entering class at NYCPM. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required prerequisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of all course requirements at CSE, a student will then attend the New York College of Podiatric Medicine for four years and complete training in podiatric medicine. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at NYCPM and her D.P.M. at the completion of the program.

Combined Degree Program Requirements

Admission to combined degree program:
Applicants will be evaluated based on high school record (completion of high school English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics). Grade point average, satisfactory SAT scores, high school math/science teacher recommendations.

While enrolled at CSE students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of prerequisite math and science courses. A grade of C+ or better is required for Bio. 111 and Bio. 113. A grade of C or better in the other prerequisite math and science courses.
  • Students are to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.2 (on a 4.00 scale) or better in the prerequisite math and science courses and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4.
  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Shadowing a podiatrist (minimum of 60 hours).

Qualifying for enrollment at NYCPM:

  • Completion of all prerequisite math and science courses (as described above) along with the completion of general education courses and all prerequisite courses required for admission to NYCPM.
  • Required G.P.A as described under CSE requirements.
  • Submission of a satisfactory Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score.
  • Three letters of recommendations. Two letters must be from faculty in the biology program.
  • Satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview by NYCPM interviewer.
  • A timely and satisfactory formal application.

Required Courses

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO300/400 Level Course (8)
  • CHEM151 Fund Principles of Chem I (4)
  • CHEM153 Fund Principles of Chem II (4)
  • CHEM211 Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM213 Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3), or
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)

Total: 55-56 credits

Other Requirements

  • Completion of all General Education requirements
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Summer) (8)

BIO 111 and 113 or their equivalent is a prerequisite for all major courses designated 200 or above except BIO 209. Students can fulfill this prerequisite by means of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or advanced placement tests.

Affiliation Agreement Saint Joseph College and CSE

B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Dual Degree Program

A joint program leading to a Bachelor in Science (B.S.) in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, N.J./Doctoral level degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut. Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy will give priority admission to dual degree program applicants from the College of Saint Elizabeth and other dual degree program schools when those applicants have completed the first three years in the dual degree program, satisfied admission requirements of the Pharm.D program and are otherwise competitive with other applicants competing for admission to the Pharm.D program.

Pharmacists are health practitioners who specialize in dispensing drugs prescribed by physicians and communicate with patients and other healthcare providers about drug information and patient care. Pharmacists who are trained in the United States must earn a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree has been replaced by the Pharm.D. degree. A Pharm.D can seek employment in retail pharmacies (privately owned or in retail drugstore chains), hospital/nursing home pharmacies, and pharmaceutical industries, which includes companies that research drugs, manufacture, or sell drugs.

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy have developed a joint program for qualified students interested in pursuing a B.S./Pharm.D degree. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for three years and complete their required prerequisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of required biology courses and general education courses at CSE, a student will then attend Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy for three years and complete training in pharmacy. A student receives her B.S. in Biology after completing the first year of the program at Saint Joseph College and her pharm.D at the completion of the program at Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy.

While enrolled at CSE students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of prerequisite math and science courses in the biology major. A grade of C+ or better is required for Bio. 111 and Bio. 113; a grade of C or better in the other prerequisite math and science courses.
  • Students are to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.25(on a 4.00 scale) or better in the prerequisite math and science courses, and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.4.
  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Evidence of understanding of the profession as demonstrated by experience in health profession.
  • Demonstrated integrity.

Qualifying for enrollment at Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy:

  • Completion of all prerequisite math and science courses for biology major (as described above) along with the completion of general education courses and all prerequisite courses required for admission to Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy.
  • Required G.P.A as described under CSE requirements.
  • Satisfactory scores on the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
  • A timely and satisfactory formal application
  • Satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview by Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy interviewer and recommendation for admission by Saint Joseph College, School of Pharmacy Admission Officer who has interviewed the applicant in person.

Course Requirements

  • BIO111 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
  • BIO113 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIO303 Genetics (4)
  • BIO300/400 Level Course (8)
  • MATH151 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH119 Elementary Statistics (3), or
  • MATH153 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS149 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS153 General Physics II (4)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Summer)

BIO 111 and 113 or their equivalent is a prerequisite for all major courses designated 200 or above except BIO 209. Students can fulfill this prerequisite by means of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations or advanced placement tests.

**Students must also fulfill all requirements for General Education.

B.S. in Biology/M.D. Dual Degree Program

American University of Antigua College of Medicine will offer admission to the educational program leading to the Doctor of Medicine degree to graduates (B.S. in biology) of the College of Saint Elizabeth. The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) and the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) have developed a B.S. / M.D. program for qualified students. Students attend the College of Saint Elizabeth for four years and complete their required prerequisite science and math courses as well as general education course requirements. Following the successful completion of a B.S. in biology at CSE, a student will then attend the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) for four years and complete training in medicine. A student receives her M.D. at the completion of the program at AUA.

CSE Degree Program Requirements

Admission to Program:
Applicants will be evaluated based on high school record (completion of high school English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics). Grade point average, satisfactory SAT scores, high school math/science teacher recommendations.

While enrolled at CSE students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of prerequisite math and science courses in the biology major. A grade of C+ or better is required for Bio. 111 and Bio. 113; a grade of C or better in the other prerequisite math and science courses.
  • Students are to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) or better in the prerequisite math and science courses, and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5.
  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Completion of B.S. in Biology.

Qualifying for enrollment at AUA:

  • Completion of all prerequisite math and science courses for biology major (as described above) along with the completion of general education courses and all prerequisite courses required for admission to AUA.
  • Required G.P.A as described under CSE requirements.
  • A score of 24 or higher on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Satisfactory evaluation in a personal interview by AUA interviewer and recommendation for admission by an AUA Admission Officer who has interviewed the applicant in person.
  • A timely and satisfactory formal application.

Minor in Biology

  • BIO111 Fundamental of Biology I (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology (4)
  • BIO251 Cellular Biology (4)
  • Two 300 or 400 level electives (8)

Total: 20 credits

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