ERIC Number: ED351184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
American College Biology and Zoology Course Requirements: A de facto Standardized Curriculum.
Heppner, Frank; And Others
Without a formal mechanism to produce consensus, American colleges generally have come to agree on what constitutes an appropriate set of course requirements for Biology and Zoology majors. This report describes a survey of American four-year colleges and universities offering biology and/or zoology degrees. Questionnaires were sent to 741 biology and zoology departments asking for the current course requirements for majors, and for novel or innovative curricular features. Replies were received from 270 departments. From the results, very few unusual curricula in biology were detected. A majority of colleges (70.3%) require at least a semester of introductory biology, genetics, ecology, physiology, and cell biology. An even greater majority of colleges (79.3%) require at least a semester of chemistry and physics, and organic chemistry. There are far more similarities than differences in the course requirements of the departments. The only surprise was that smaller, lower ranked colleges are more likely to have a research and undergraduate seminar requirement than research-oriented colleges. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston.
Note: Edited version published in the Journal "BioScience" (v40 n2 p130-134 Feb 1990).