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2023 - 2025 Voorhees University Catalog 
2023 - 2025 Voorhees University Catalog

Biology, B.S.

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The goals of the Biology Major are to:

  1. Equip the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Biology or in professional schools of nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, allied health or other related areas;
  2. Improve the acquisition of critical thinking skills necessary for the understanding and practice of science.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Utilize the methods of science in solving problems;
  2. Demonstrate appropriate skills in the use of laboratory equipment and in the reading of scientific literature;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental biological concepts, relationships, and processes in order to complete graduate studies in the life sciences; and
  4. Demonstrate the use of basic vocabulary and facts in cellular, molecular, an organismal biology in order to enable them to study nursing, medicine, dentistry, allied health, veterinary medicine, conduct research or teach life sciences.

Biology Tracks (Select one)

A Major In Biology Consists Of:

General Education Requirements: 44
Biology Courses: 42
Chemistry Courses: 20
Physics Courses: 8
Computer Science Courses: 3
Mathematics Courses: 9
SSR Elective: 3
Major Elective: 4
TOTAL: 133 hours

*Substitute for Developmental Psychology for Physical Therapy

Program Map Biology Degree Requirements Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) administers the required Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®). The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination created to help medical school admissions offices assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

Program Specific Requirements

  • A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Biology courses.
  • A minimum grade of “C” or better must be earned in ENG 131  and ENG 132 , MATH 121  OR MATH 131 

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

Total: 18

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

Total: 16

Total: 18

5th Semester

Total: 16

Total: 18

Total: 15

*Apply to medical school

Total: 16

Total Credit Hours: 133

NACE Career Readiness Competencies - Key

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has defined career readiness as the “attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.” This definition was comprised by experts in both the fields of higher education and corporate workplaces. The following will list the descriptions of each number that will correspond to the competencies you will be able to focus on in career center programming and internships.


Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use of empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of nonverbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Career Management: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self- advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Global/Intercultural: Fluency Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences

Essential Information

Required Education: Medical doctor degree; residency program
Other Requirements: State licensure; specialty certification
Job Outlook (2014-2024): 14% for all physicians and surgeons
Average Annual Salary (2015): Varies by field; $192,120 for family and general practice doctors; $258,100 for anesthesiologists*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Medical doctors examine, diagnose and treat patients. They can specialize in a number of medical areas, such as pediatrics, anesthesiology or cardiology, or they can work as general practice physicians. Becoming a medical doctor requires earning a doctoral degree in medicine and participating in clinical rotations. It’s also common for medical school graduates to enroll in a residency program to study a specialty. Medical doctors need state licensure, and certification may also be required for some specialists.

Job Description

Medical doctors (M.D.s) diagnose patient conditions using examinations and tests. Based on their findings, they prescribe treatment and medications to attempt to heal any illnesses or injuries. General practitioners and pediatricians have a wide range of medical knowledge, and they are often the first types of doctors who patients visit. Most doctors routinely work in teams, with nurses and aides assisting them in well-lit work locations.


Doctors may work long and unpredictable hours dictated by the needs of their patients. Additionally, doctors may need to travel amongst various locations, such as offices, hospitals and clinics, in order to provide patient care. Doctors who practice in healthcare organizations or groups have less work independence but may obtain more time off as a result of patient coverage.

Job Options

M.D.s are sometimes referred to as allopathic physicians. As needed, medical doctors might refer patients to specialists who focus on specific medical areas, such as anesthesiology, cardiology, psychology and internal medicine. Specialists are experts in their field and complete additional residency training, and become board certified in their specialty.

Career Information

From 2014 to 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expected job opportunities for physicians and surgeons to increase by 14%, much faster than that of most other occupations, as existing doctors retire and a growing population demands more medical services. Low-income and rural areas were projected to have an especially high demand for doctors. Cardiologists and radiologists might find particularly strong career opportunities due to a rising elderly population and increase in the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Salary Information

Income for medical doctors varies significantly based on their amount of experience and area of specialty. For example, the BLS reported, as of May 2015, family and general practice doctors earned an average annual salary of $192,120; meanwhile, anesthesiologists averaged $258,100 per year.
A medical doctor treats and cares for patient’s health. The job requires a medical degree and a state license to practice medicine.

Career and labor market research tools

See Quick Reference Guide at https://app.purplebriefcase.com/pb/account/login?s=Voorhees
Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/, O*NET: https://www.onetonline.org/

Career Resources:

VC’s career services website provides information on career exploration and employment at https://app.purplebriefcase.com/pb/account/login?s=Voorhees. Students are encouraged to consult with their area of study advisor for additional career assistance. The above information is provided as a guide and reference tool for occupations related to this program. This is not a guarantee of job placement in any of these occupations after successful completion of an VC program. The common job titles listed are representative titles and are provided for career research. These are not the only occupations possible in this area of study.

Career Services Link: https://app.purplebriefcase.com/pb/account/login?s=Voorhees

Career Services Email:vccareerscpi@voorhees.edu

Career Services Email: (803) 780-1074

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