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The mission of the Biology Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to create quality educational experiences in all areas of biology and chemistry, especially those integral to the health of the population. The core principles of scientific inquiry and ethics serve to integrate coursework throughout the curriculum.

School
School of Arts and Sciences
Career
Chemical & Biochemical Industries, Forensic Science Laboratories, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Quality Control Laboratories, Physician Assistant (PA), Subsequent education and training in human or veterinary medicine
Program Contacts

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN BIOLOGY

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is segmented into 3 academic tracks:

**The first two years of BAI and HMED are almost identical, and coursework and extracurricular activities include a variety of mechanisms for students to discern their vocations.

Program Admission Requirements

A student must declare the Bachelor of Science in Biology program his/her major prior to completing the final 60 credit hours required for the degree. Applicants to the program must meet with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. All degree plans must be approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Requirements for acceptance into the program (except the Accelerated 3+2 Pathway to Physician Assistant Studies) are the same as for acceptance to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Program Mission

The mission of the Biology Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to create quality educational experiences in all areas of biology and chemistry, especially those integral to the health of the population. The core principles of scientific inquiry and ethics serve to integrate coursework throughout the curriculum.

Program Goals

To provide a multidisciplinary education that emphasizes ethical scientific reasoning and problem solving

  • To prepare students for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate paths, including careers in laboratory science or instrumentation and graduate programs in laboratory research or medicine (physician/physician assistant/physical therapy)

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Illustrate the processes of life using natural science (biology, chemistry, physics) concepts.
  • Apply the scientific method to develop and test hypotheses.
  • Evaluate scientific data using mathematics and statistics.
  • Communicate scientific findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Examine the relationship between biology and social problems.
  • Apply scientific and research ethics to decision-making.
  • Examine the relationship between biology and the Franciscan values.
  • Design and execute research using biological and chemical laboratory techniques and instrumentation (BAI only).
  • Apply anatomical and physiological concepts to the study of human biology and pathophysiology (HMED and Accelerated 3+2 only).

FAQs

What are graduates doing now?

Graduates of the Biology program (tracked since 2013) have been accepted to the following programs:

  • St. George Medical School
  • Midwestern University in Arizona Cardiovascular Sciences/Perfusion
  • University of Southern California School of Social Work
  • LSUHSC-New Orleans School of Medicine
  • LSU Graduate School – Biology
  • Our Lady of the Lake/FranU Physician Assistant Program
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • LSU Graduate School – Biological Engineering
  • FranU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • American University of the Caribbean Medical School
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Pharmacy
  • University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • LSU Health – Shreveport Medical School
  • FranU Master of Health Administration Program

What percentage of Biology graduates who apply to a graduate clinical program are accepted?

Since 2013, 74% have been accepted to medical schools, physician assistant programs, and DPT programs, among others.

Resources

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Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.