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Department of Biology

Department of Biology

Mark L. Wygoda, Department Head
The purpose of the Department of Biology parallels the purposes of the College of Science and Agriculture and the university, reflected in the following: (1) preparing students for advanced study in graduate or professional schools, (2) providing graduates with skills required for employment in the discipline of their choice, (3) advancing knowledge through scientific research, (4) serving the community in matters relating to biological concerns, (5) serving scientific disciplines through professional activities, and (6) providing general education courses to students in other areas of study within the university.


The Department of Biology offers the Bachelor of Science in Biological Science degree. This program provides individuals with a basic foundation in the biological sciences. The completion of this curriculum provides the student with the background to teach biology at the secondary level or to enter graduate or professional schools.


The Department of Biology offers a minor in biology.

Prerequisite Courses for Certain Professional Programs

Students may take courses at McNeese State University in order to be eligible for the clinical phase of certain associate or baccalaureate professional programs not affiliated with the university. Each professional school has control of its admission procedures and policies, and admission to clinical training is on a competitive basis. McNeese State University, therefore, has no role in or control over the selection and admission of students in these professional schools.
Each student should study carefully the precise requirements of the professional school of his or her choice and, if simultaneously pursuing a degree at McNeese State University, should make sure that all of the professional school’s prerequisites also are included in their degree plan. The Department of Biology will assist students in making course selections; however, students should be aware that ultimate determination of course equivalency rests solely with the professional school.

Graduation Requirements

Each student majoring or minoring in the Department of Biology must earn no grade lower than a C in all courses taught within the Department of Biology and must meet all graduation requirements listed in the “Graduation Requirements” section located in the academic regulations section of this catalog.
In selecting electives, a student must take into consideration the degree requirements which state that he or she must earn at least 40 credit hours in courses numbered above 300, and at least 12 of these hours must be in his or her major subject.
Each graduating senior will be required to take at least one of the following: departmental exit examination, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam (ASCP BOC) or the PRAXIS Exam. The results from ASCP BOC and PRAXIS will be compared to national scores for assessment of program progress.
A student majoring in biological science with a concentration in biology education-grades 6-12 is responsible for all requirements pertaining to teacher education preparation.