Jun 05, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, B.S.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study

The Bachelor of Science program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the departments of Biology and Physical Sciences. The major will enable students for possible futures in the health professions, research in academics, the government, or private industry, education, or non-science related fields including law.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Technology Requirement

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of the following course with a C grade or better.


Outcome 1.

Provide an explanation of the importance of the scientific method for understanding natural phenomena.

Outcome 2.

Demonstrate understanding of biology at the level of molecules, cells, systems, organisms, and ecosystems. 

Outcome 3.

Explain key concepts in molecular biology and biochemistry.

Outcome 4.

Demonstrate scientific quantitative skills, such as the ability to evaluate experimental design, read graphs, and understand and use information from scientific papers.

Outcome 5.

Effectively communicate scientific data and ideas in both written and oral formats.


The outcomes for the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major are assessed throughout the curriculum through a combination of course written examinations, laboratory written and oral presentations, laboratory examinations, and completion of a final written report. The final report is based on a laboratory or library research project or an internship in the field. The entire Biochemistry & Molecular Biology faculty reviews this report.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study