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Program Type:

Major, Minor

Academic Division:

Science & Mathematics


The Biology programs are offered as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Within these programs, students can choose a concentration that meets their interests and career goals. For students choosing the Bachelor of Arts program, a choice of either the general biology or exercise science concentrations can be made.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students and graduates of The Department of Biology will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate understanding of the core concepts of biological literacy* including evolution, structure and function, information flow and exchange, systems, and transformations of energy and matter.
  • Apply knowledge of the core concepts of biological literacy to understanding specialized areas of biology.
  • Apply the process of science. • Tap into the interdisciplinary nature of science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information and ideas
  • Conduct science ethically and for the greater good.
  • Develop skills in self-learning.

* NDC Department of Biology program level objectives are aligned with the National Science Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. For more information on this national initiative, visit


31 additional credits to the Biology Program Core Credits

The Exercise Science concentration is designed to prepare students interested in continuing their education through a graduate program to earn an advanced degree in physical therapy.


11 additional credits to the Biology Program Core Credits

The General Biology program is designed for those students who plan to enter careers in business, secondary education, technical support, or other areas that relate to the Biological Sciences. It is not intended for students planning to enroll in graduate or professional programs in the Biological Sciences or related areas. Students are recommended to pursue a minor area of study, such as in chemistry or business.


26 additional credits to the Biology Program Core Credits

The Comprehensive Biology program will prepare students for graduate studies and research, medicine, podiatry, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health and applied biology. Graduates will have acquired a broad foundation of knowledge in the biological and physical sciences as well as the ability to use this knowledge.


24 Credits

This minor is proposed specifically for students who have a chemistry background and may already have requirements for certain biology courses.

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Credentials You Can Count On

Notre Dame College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a degree-granting institution. Our academic programs are accredited by some of the most respected organizations of higher education in the country.

The education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Founding institution of the American Council on Education.
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
The Notre Dame College Elementary/Intermediate Classroom Teacher Program has earned the ILA National Recognition for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals.

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