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BS in Biophysical Sciences

Course Requirements

Students who complete the Biophysical Sciences major at Regent University will have a deep and balanced understanding of the natural sciences and Christian faith. Students who complete the program will have 51 hours in the natural sciences and mathematics, 18 hours in natural science integrative seminars, and 3 hours in an elective in any field.

General Education Requirements (49 credits)
Biophysical Sciences Major Degree Plan GENERAL EDUCATION
Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
Freshman Year
BIOL 121 General Biology I 4 BIOL 122 General Biology II 4
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 ENGL 102 Research & Academic Writing 3
GENE 100 The Making of a Christian Mind 3 BIBL 104 New Testament Studies 3
BIBL 103 Old Testament Studies 3 PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Total 17 Total 17
Sophomore Year
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4
ENGL 205 Literature of the Western World 3 HIST 202 US History II (from 1877) 3
BIBL 111 Introduction to Christian History and Thought 3 ECON 101 Introduction to Economics 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4 MATH 212 Calculus II 4
NSCI 121 Foundations of Scientific Thought 3 NSCI 122 History of Science and Religion 3
Total 17 Total 17
Junior Year
BIOL 321 General Microbiology 4 BIOL 421 Immunology 4
GENE 220 Ars Gratia Artis: The Arts and Virtue 3 COMM 110 Public Speaking 3
NSCI 221 Science, Theology and Philosophy 3 NSCI 222 Cosmology 3
PHYS 221 General Physics I 4 PHYS 222 General Physics II 4
Total 14 Total 14
Senior Year
GEOG 101 World Geography 3 GENE 402 The Making of a Christian Leader 3
CHEM 421 Biochemistry 4 NSCI 499 Thesis Research and Writing 3
NSCI 321 Origins 3 NSCI 421 Bioethics 3
MATH 201 Statistics 3 Elective 3
Total 13 Total 12
Biophysical Sciences Major Degree Plan HONORS
Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
Freshman Year
BIOL 121 General Biology I 4 BIOL 122 General Biology II 4
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 110 Composition: The Art of the Written Word 3 BIBL 170 The Beauty and Majesty of God 3
GENE 100 The Making of a Christian Mind 3 BIBL 173 Imago Dei; The Image of God and Human Nature 3
BIBL 100 Introduction to Biblical Literacy 3 PHIL 105 Truth, Logic and Critical Thinking 3
Total 17 Total 17
Sophomore Year
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4
ENGL 209 Literature and Human Flourishing 3 HIST 250 A History of the United States 3
HIST 210 Ecclesia: The Story of Christianity 3 ECON 260 Economics and the Marketplace 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4 MATH 212 Calculus II 4
NSCI 121 Foundations of Scientific Thought 3 NSCI 122 History of Science and Religion 3
Total 17 Total 17
Junior Year
BIOL 321 General Microbiology 4 BIOL 421 Immunology 4
GENE 220 Ars Gratia Artis: The Arts and Virtue 3 COMM 115 Rhetoric: The Art of Public Speaking 3
NSCI 221 Science, Theology and Philosophy 3 NSCI 222 Cosmology 3
PHYS 221 General Physics I 4 PHYS 222 General Physics II 4
Total 14 Total 14
Senior Year
SSCI 293 The Individual and Society 3 GENE 402 The Making of a Christian Leader 3
CHEM 421 Biochemistry 4 NSCI 499 Thesis Research and Writing 3
NSCI 321 Origins 3 NSCI 421 Bioethics 3
MATH 201 Statistics 3 Elective 3
Total 13 Total 12
Natural Science and Mathematics: (51 credits)
Biology
BIOL 121 General Biology I* (4)
BIOL 122 General Biology II (4)
BIOL 321 General Microbiology (4)
BIOL 421 Immunology (4)
Chemistry
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 421 Biochemistry (4)
Mathematics
MATH 211 Calculus I (4)
MATH 212 Calculus II (4)
Physics
PHYS 221 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 222 General Physics II (4)
Capstone
NSCI 499 Thesis Research and Writing (3)
Integrative Seminars (18 credits)
NSCI 121 Foundations of Scientific Thought (3)
NSCI 122 History of Science and Religion (3)
NSCI 221 Science, Theology and Philosophy (3)
NSCI 222 Cosmology (3)
NSCI 321 Origins (3)
NSCI 421 Bioethics (3)
Electives (3 credits)
In addition to their 69 credit hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and in NSCI, students must choose any three credit-hour course.
Total Degree Hours: 121

* Note: BIOL 121 will count as a required general education course for Biophysical Sciences majors, but it will not count as a major course; it therefore does not contribute to the 51 semester hours in the natural sciences.

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