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Bachelor of Science in Life Science

The rigor of the scientific method in the context of Landmark College’s innovative teaching methods.

The Bachelor of Science in Life Science (BS-LS) degree at Landmark College includes knowledge areas related to ecology, organismal and sub-organismal biology, natural resource management, data-driven decision making, and a strong foundation for the public health sector. Students will engage in experiential opportunities to enrich professional behaviors, enhance collaboration, and develop and maintain large scale projects. The BS-LS is an extension of the College’s current A.S. in Life Science degree. Both degrees offer two tracks of study: Life Science and Environmental Biology.

Every student in Life Science becomes a member of our community of scholars, working closely together with faculty and peers to advance the field of biology and develop a lifelong interest in life science. The curriculum emphasizes learning by doing. Unlike the traditional approach of separating lecture and lab sections of courses, Landmark College lab course integrate those experiences in a modular approach that provides opportunities for students to construct knowledge for themselves. Students also have the opportunity to develop laboratory techniques prior to engaging in internship experiences either with an industry partner or as part of a faculty member’s research. The BA-LS program culminates in a capstone experience that allows students to work in partnership with faculty in their research. The STEM department’s instructional philosophy of experiential learning allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in life science disciplines. These elements form the foundation for the program’s brand and competitive distinction.

To earn the BS-LS, students must complete 120 credits which includes the general education core (24 credits not met by major requirements), 70 credits of major requirements (19 credits also meet general education requirements), and 26 credits of open electives. Students must complete at least 45 credits at the 3000/4000 level.

Why Life Science?

Virtually every new medical advancement, invention, or solution to our economic, environmental, and social problems has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) connection. A degree in Life Science is the gateway to tomorrow’s fastest-growing careers, including biotechnology, health care/health sciences, environmental sciences, chemistry/biochemistry, and pharmaceuticals.

Meet the Science Department Faculty

The Curriculum

To earn the BS-CS, students must complete 121 credits, which include the general education core (31 credits not met by major requirements), 58 credits of additional major requirements, and 32 credits of open electives. Students must complete at least 45 credits at the 3000/4000 level.

General Education Requirements: 43 credits

31 credits at the 1000 – 2000 level

  • Composition and Rhetoric: 3 credits
  • Humanities Distribution: 3 credits
  • Interpersonal Communication: 3 credits
  • Introduction to Communication: 3 credits
  • Mathematics—College Algebra Major Requirement: 3 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution with lab—Principles of Biology Major Requirement: 4 credits
  • Perspectives in Learning: 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Applied Statistics or Introduction to Calculus or Introduction to Programming Major Requirement: 3 credits
  • Research and Analysis: 3 credits
  • Social Science Distribution: 3 credits

12 credits at the 3000 – 4000 level

  • Advanced Writing in the Discipline: 3 credits
  • Alternative Study: Must be science focused—Major Requirement: 3 credits
  • Capstone Research Methods and Design Major Requirement: 3 credits
  • Capstone Research Project Major Requirement: 3 credits

BS-LS Major Requirements: 51 credits

  • Biotechnology Lab Techniques: 1 credit
  • Education & Identity: 3 credits
  • Evolution: 3 credits
  • Organic Chemistry: 4 credits
  • Principles of Biology II: 4 credits
  • Principles of Chemistry I: 4 credits
  • Principles of Chemistry II: 4 credits

The major culminates in a final 6 credit capstone experience that provides students with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge that they have gained from across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to work in teams, and can pursue either an applied or theory project.

Concentration Choice: 28 credits

Life Science Track

  • Molecular Biology of the Cell: 4 credits
  • 24 credits from the following:
    • Animal Behavior: 3 credits
    • Biochemistry: 3 credits
    • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: 3 credits
    • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: 4 credits
    • Developmental Biology: 4 credits
    • Human Biology: 3 credits
    • Kinesiology: 3 credits
    • Microbiology: 4 credits
    • Molecular Basis of Disease: 3 credits
    • Neurobiology: 3 credits
    • Nutrition: 3 credits
    • Vertebrate Physiology: 4 credits

Environmental Biology Track

  • Ecology: 4 credits
  • 24 credits from the following:
    • Aquatic Ecology: 4 credits
    • Bioinformatics and Computational Bio: 3 credits
    • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: 4 credits
    • Conservation Biology: 3 credits
    • Environmental Science: 4 credits
    • Environmental Policy: 3 credits
    • Field Studies & Wildlife Conservation: 3 credits
    • GIS and Mapping: 3 credits
    • Natural Resource Mgt. and Sustainability: 4 credits
    • Plant Biology: 4 credits
    • Principles of Sustainability: 3 credits
    • Vertebrate Physiology: 4 credits
    • Winter Ecology: 3 credits
    • Zoology: 4 credits

Open Electives: 26 credits


Apply now to be part of this exciting degree program.


Professor Brian Young

Brian Young, Chair, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Department

Professor Geoff Burgess

Geoff Burgess, Dean, School of Professional Studies & Science

  • CSC 4000-level Capstone Planning (ST): 3 credits (Gen Ed requirement)
  • CSC4991 Special Topics: Comp Sci Capstone: 3 credits (Gen Ed requirement)
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