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Biology Major

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The Biology/Chemistry Department at Toccoa Falls College is located in the Clary Science Building and offers essential training in the natural sciences for the liberal arts curriculum taught from a Biblical perspective, with special emphasis on these areas of study:

Biology Major: Every major area of biological study is included in the major courses, along with general and organic chemistry, physics, and biochemistry.

Pre-medical: TFC has a strong record of placement of graduates in medical schools, including acceptance of TFC students at Georgia Health Sciences University (MCG), University of Tennessee, and Mercer University. All of the courses required or recommended by medical schools are offered on campus.

Pre-nursing: TFC has had many students enter nursing programs, both at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. We have articulation agreements with Brenau and Piedmont University Schools of Nursing and offer all of the courses required to satisfy the requirements for entry into any nursing school in the region.

Education Careers: The Science Department works closely with the Teacher Education Department to provide courses that meet the strict requirements of Georgia state certification, both in basic and secondary science education areas.

Sustainability Minor: With a developing emphasis on proper use of resources and a desire to better motivate and equip students in a mission setting to think through allocation priorities, TFC has added a sustainability minor that covers ecology, public health in a global setting, and practical exercises.

What do I get to do as a Biology major at TFC?

- Study and dissect cool animals

- Grow your own special germs

- Mate fruit flies

- Watch your professor set off fire alarms

- Build massive molecular models to illustrate structure

- Rescue goldfish from insulin shock

- Do “streaking” on the TFC campus (bacterial plates)

- Analyze classmates’ DNA to see if they have committed a crime

No, REALLY, what do I get to do as a Biology major at TFC?

- You will get close attention from the Biology professors. Classes vary from 5-30 students, and most labs have 8-10 students. Unlike larger schools, lab assistants are not used, so that one-on-one contact with the professor is increased.

- For students who need help negotiating the complicated requirements of pre-med, pre-nursing, or teacher education, a strong effort is made to provide needed academic counseling and advice by the science professors.

- Close association with the teaching staff also translates into opportunities for medical mission work, as well as help and references for off-campus research opportunities.

- Science teachers at TFC include a Ph.D. with a purely academic background, a Ph.D. with an industrial background, and an M.D. with 25 years of clinical background and a year of seminary training.

- The varied background, training, experience, and philosophies of the science professors enable graduates from the science program here to critically evaluate differing viewpoints in the world of science, a world that has become increasingly varied.

- The “bottom line” for all of this is the opportunity presented to students, both majors and non-majors, to develop an intentional integration of faith and learning in the natural sciences, with applications in practical areas including bioethics, origins, and apologetics.

J.V. (2010): The most appealing aspect of the Biology Department at Toccoa Falls is the accessibility of the faculty. As a science major at TFC, you will have the rare opportunity to sit down with professors and discuss anything from organic chemistry to medical school admissions to spirituality. Not only are they generally supportive of your academic and career goals, but they are actively involved in making you into the student God would have you to be. Another reason I would choose biology again if I could go back is because of the variety of places the degree can take you, especially in the current job market. While some majors offer only intellectual development, biology offers rigorous intellectual development while also opening doors into health care, biotechnology, and graduate school, to name a few.


GENERAL EDUCATION – 71 hours

BIBLE & THEOLOGY – 30 hours

BIB 213 Hermeneutics
BSF 103 Foundations of Spiritual Formation
NTE 103 Introduction to the New Testament
NTE ___ New Testament Elective
OTE 103 Introduction to the Old Testament
OTE ___ Old Testament Elective
SYT 303 Introduction to Theology
3 hours Theology Elective from SYT or THE
6 hours of Bible/Theology Electives from any BIB, BMI, GRK 333, 343, HEB 223, 333, 343, NTE, OTE, SYT, THE, or approved integrative courses

HUMANITIES – 15 hours

COM 113 Introduction to Communication
ENG 113 Freshman Composition I
ENG 123 Freshman Composition II
HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture
3 hours Literature Elective from AML or ENG at 200- or 300-level

SOCIAL SCIENCES – 12 hours

PSY 113 General Psychology or
PSY 243 Developmental Psychology
3 hours History Elective at the 100-, 200-, or 300-level
6 hours Electives from ANT 203, CSG 113, ECO 213, 223, GHY 213, POL 213, or SOC 213

COMPUTER, SCIENCE, & MATHEMATICS – 14 hours

BIO 114 Biology I
BIO 124 Biology II
MAT 253 Introduction to Statistics
MAT 323 Elements of Calculus

MAJOR – 42 hours

BIO 234 General Microbiology
BIO 313 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 314 Genetics
BIO 411 Senior Seminar
BIO 413 Cell Biology
BIO 423 Ecology
CHM 214 Chemistry I
CHM 224 Chemistry II
CHM 314 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 324 Organic Chemistry II
PHS 214 Physics I
PHS 224 Physics II

OPEN ELECTIVES - 13 hours

The following are strongly recommended as course selections for open electives:
BIO 214 Anatomy & Physiology I*
BIO 224 Anatomy & Physiology II*
PHY 333 Bioethics
*Required for majors choosing the pre-med track.

TOTAL =  126 hours

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