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Health Science Track

NOTE: This track will be retired at the conclusion of the academic year 2017-2018. Students majoring in this track will be able to complete it but no new students will be accepted into the track once it is retired.

The bachelor of science in biology is a multidisciplinary program combining rigorous foundations in biology, chemistry, and physics.

All students will complete an experiential learning requirement where they do an internship, laboratory research, or participate in student teaching.

The student will also participate in a Senior Seminar course where a thesis is written based on either laboratory-based or library-based research. As part of this course, the student will also prepare a poster summarizing this research that will be presented at a professional public event during the senior year.

The major provides all biology students with a core set of courses introducing the basic concepts of life science and an in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of biological processes.

A subsequent series of courses provides a broad biological base for advanced work in specific concentration areas.

Requirements for the Major in Biology 
(all couress 4 credits unless noted)

  • BIO 101 - Biological Science I  
  • BIO 102 - Biological Science II 
  • BIO 206 - Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • BIO 263 - Genetics 
  • BIO 315 - Scientific Presentations (1 credit) 
  • BIO 444 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • BIO 488 - Internship (3 credits)
    or
    R-BIO 466 - Undergraduate Research (3 credits)
    or
    SEC 490 - Student Teaching (3 credits)
  • CHE 111 - General Chemistry I 
  • CHE 111 - General Chemistry II 
  • CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry I 

Total for Biology Core: 35 Credits
(Excludes PHY 101 and PHY 102)

Requirements for the& Health Science Track 
(all courses 4 credits unless noted)

  • BIO 230 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
  • BIO 231 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • BIO Electives (12–15 credits)
    • Select four additional electives. 
    • At least one must be 300-level or higher.  

Total Credits in Track: 20–29 

Total Credits Overall: 55–58


Students completing the requirements of the Health Science track must take PSY 101 to fulfill their Individual and Society exploration requirement for the Core or as a free elective.

Students in all tracks must take PHY 101 and PHY 102 (with laboratories, 8 credits) as their Scientific literacy requirement for the Core.

Students must take MAT 117 or MAT 130 or higher and MAT 118 or MAT 312 for their Quantitative literacy requirement for the Core or as electives.

  • BIO 444 must be completed on a health-care related topic, including reviews of clinical/medical research.
  • BIO 488/R-BIO 466 must be a clinically based experience, with a focus on a health/medicine topic approved by the Department Chair.
  • Students may enroll in a non-clinical R-BIO 466 for elective credit only.

Students interested in teaching at the high-school level need to double major in Biology and Secondary Education.

In such cases, students should select the Biology major / Track in Biological Sciences to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.


Biology Electives

  • BIO 250 - Nutrition
  • BIO 308 - Microbiology
  • BIO 318 - Virology
  • BIO 331 - Neuroscience
  • BIO 350 - Topics in Biology (approved by Chair)
  • BIO 420 - Immunology
  • BIO 430 - Developmental Biology
  • BIO 440 - Biochemistry I
  • BIO 441 - Biochemistry II
  • CHE 212 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 350 - Topics in Chemistry (approved by Chair)
  • PSY 203 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 309 - Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 215 - Introduction to Sociology: Race, Class, and Gender
  • Other health-related courses approved by Chair

Other transfer courses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. With the exception of BIO 101/102, CHE 111/112, or PHY 101/102, all science courses for the major whether taken at Cabrini or a transfer institution must be 200-level or higher.

H-BIO courses designed for non-majors may not be used to fill major elective requirements.

No courses for the major may be taken under the pass/fail option.

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