Applied Biology

Home Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Program Director:

Stacy Seeley, Ph.D.
Room 3-103 MC, 810-762-9561
chem@kettering.edu

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Biology provides students with a strong foundation in the principles and applications of biology.  Students in the Applied Biology Program take courses in the major areas of biology including general biology, human biology, microbiology, molecular biology, cellular biology, ecology, and genetics.  Additional advanced courses are required and can be chosen by the student to create a concentration of study in the biological area.  All Applied Biology students will have several terms of cooperative work experience so that concepts learned in the classroom can be applied to real world problems.  Students in this program will also work closely with a faculty member on a capstone research project as part of their undergraduate education and training.

An applied biology degree provides an excellent foundation for careers in biotechnology, medicine, pharmacology, environmental fields, technical management, education, business, and law.

Program Educational Objectives

The Applied Biology Program is designed to provide its graduates a solid educational foundation on which they can build successful and sustainable careers in a biological or related field.  In particular, all graduates of the Applied Biology Program will:

  • Be employed or pursuing an advanced degree in the field of biology or other related disciplines.
  • Be productive members of interdisciplinary teams.
  • Assume leadership positions in their industry, their continuing education, or in their communities, as their careers develop.
  • Continue their professional development and engage in life-long learning necessary for a sustainable career.

Applied Biology Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
FYE-101First Year Foundations1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
HUMN-201Introduction to Humanities4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
SSCI-201Introduction to the Social Sciences4
Advanced Humanities Elective4
Advanced Social Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Biology Core
BIOL-141
BIOL-142
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
4
BIOL-241
BIOL-242
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
4
BIOL-311Ecology4
BIOL-321Biological Techniques I4
BIOL-331Biological Techniques II4
BIOL-361
BIOL-362
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
6
BIOL-381
BIOL-382
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab
6
BIOL-441
BIOL-442
Cellular Biology
and Cellular Biology Lab
6
BIOL-481Genetics4
BIOL-491Adv. Special Topics in Biology6
BIOL-491Adv. Special Topics in Biology6
BIOL-494Senior Research/Seminar2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 56
Chemistry Core
CHEM-137
CHEM-136
General Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
4
CHEM-237
CHEM-238
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHEM-247Survey of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM-345
CHEM-346
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
CHEM-347Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM-351
CHEM-352
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab
6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 28
Mathematics
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
Select one of the following:4
Biostatistics II
Multivariate Calculus
Multivariate Calculus - Honors
MATH-310Biostatistics I4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Physics
PHYS-114
PHYS-115
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Electives
Technical Electives 112
Free Electives8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course (No credit, Pass/Fail)
Select one of the following:4
Co-op Thesis
Intra/Entre/Social E-ship Thesis
Professional Practice Thesis
Research Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 1612 

1

A minor or concentration is required with a minimum of 12 hours of approved courses that are not required for the Applied Biology Degree. A technical elective may be any 300 or 400 level courses in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, IME, ISYS, MATH, MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements.  MATH-204 and PHYS-224/PHYS-225 can also count as a technical elective.  All other courses must be approved by the department head.

2

The minimum total number of credit hours required for graduation is 161; however, the total number of credit hours taken may exceed 161. All Applied Biology majors must meet the general educational requirements and their program‘s requirements for a minor or concentration.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
FYE-101 First Year Foundations 1
BIOL-141 General Biology 3
BIOL-142 General Biology Lab 1
CHEM-137 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
MATH-101
Calculus I
or Calculus I
4
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
BIOL-241 Human Biology 3
BIOL-242 Human Biology Lab 1
CHEM-237 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-238 General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH-102
Calculus II
or Calculus II
4
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
BIOL-311 Ecology 4
BIOL-321 Biological Techniques I 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore II
BIOL-331 Biological Techniques II 4
CHEM-247 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
MATH-310 Biostatistics I 4
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
CHEM-345
CHEM-346
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
6
BIOL-361
BIOL-362
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
6
MATH-410
Biostatistics II
or Multivariate Calculus
4
 Credit Hours16
Junior II
CHEM-347 Organic Chemistry II 4
BIOL-381
BIOL-382
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab
6
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
Technical Elective 1 4
 Credit Hours18
Senior I
CHEM-351 Biochemistry I 4
CHEM-352 Biochemistry Lab 2
BIOL-441
BIOL-442
Cellular Biology
and Cellular Biology Lab
6
Advanced Humanitites or Advanced Social Science Elective 2 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
BIOL-491 Adv. Special Topics in Biology 6
BIOL-481 Genetics 4
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
Technical Elective 1 4
 Credit Hours18
Senior III
BIOL-491 Adv. Special Topics in Biology 6
BIOL-494 Senior Research/Seminar 2
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 2 4
Free Elective 4
Technical Elective 1 4
 Credit Hours20
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 1613

1

A technical elective may be any 300 or 400 level courses in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, IME, ISYS, MATH, MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements.  MATH-204 and PHYS-224/PHYS-225 can also count as a technical elective.  All other courses must be approved by the Program Director of Applied Biology.

2

Humanities and Social Science electives must be selected from approved 300 or 400 level courses, including one Humanities course and one Social Science course.  

3

The minimum total number of credit hours required for graduation is 161; however, the total number of credit hours taken may exceed 161. All Applied Biology majors must meet the general educational requirements and their program‘s requirements for a minor or concentration.

4

Applied Biology students seeking a dual major must take an additional 28 earned credit hours above and beyond their first degree.