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Department of Biology
Department of Biology
Majors:Biology, B.S. (BYBS)Courses offered:
 Health Sciences B.S. (HSBS)27 Biology courses (BIOL)
 Health Sciences, B.A. (HSBA)1 Environmental Science course (ENVT)
Minor:Biology (BIOL)8 Health Sciences courses (NURS)
Secondary (8th - 12th Grade) Teaching Fields
Major:Life Sciences, B.S. (LSE4)
Dr. Andree Elliott, Chair

Associate Professor: Elliott
Assistant Professors: Baliraine, Rispin, K.
Director of Nursing: Erickson

The Department of Biology offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and, in cooperation with the School of Education, the Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. The Department of Biology also provides guidance for pre-professional programs in medicine and health care.

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a pure science oriented degree that emphasizes all of the laboratory sciences. This course of study is designed to prepare you for graduate studies, employment at the technician level in agriculture, government, business, or industry-related fields, or for admission to professional schools such as schools of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.

The Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences is a teaching degree designed to equip graduates to teach Life Sciences at the high school level. Students are admitted to this program through coordination with the School of Education.

Course descriptions and the requirements for each program are linked below. For more information about the people and programs of the Department of Biology, consult the departmentís web page.

Pre-Professional Programs

While medical and other health profession schools vary in the requirements for admission, nearly all have certain basic requirements that can be met at LeTourneau University. LeTourneau provides the appropriate programs for students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, and other health care professions.

For more details, consult LeTourneau's pre-professional programs web site.

Good planning, comprehensive advising, and counseling are important to the success of the student. Careful preparation will enhance opportunities for acceptance in the highly competitive health profession schools. Part of the preparation involves clinical education experience. LeTourneau provides this opportunity through arrangements with local health care providers and a network of local physicians. You should plan to participate in the clinical experience in your sophomore year and the first semester of your junior year. The specific courses are BIOL 3921 Introduction to Clinical Issues and BIOL 4931 Clinical Observation (2 hours).

Health Science/Nursing

Students will work toward a HSBA, with a minor in Biology, consisting of 124 credit hours. Over 75 percent of these courses will be taught solely at LeTourneau University. Our curriculum, infused with our Christ-centered vision and principles, includes solid Biblical studies, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, plus four semesters of foreign language studies.

Students, who meet the required prerequisites, will then secure a place in UT Tyler's prestigious nursing program to complete clinical nursing courses.

GPA required in core curriculum and nursing prerequisite courses is 2.75(4.0 basis) or higher. All nursing prerequisite courses must also have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher for Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Growth and Development, and Introduction to Psychology, with a "C" or better in each course. TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is required as a prerequisite for admission with a score in the 82nd percentile.

Acceptance also depends on an acceptable background check, CPR certification and certain required immunizations. Refer to UT-Tyler College of Nursing for a complete list of required admission standards.