Houston Baptist University Catalog

College of Science and Mathematics


Undergraduate Programs


College of Science and Mathematics

 

The College of Science and Mathematics offers a B.S. degree with options of majors in biology, biochemistry-molecular biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. B.S. degree options for majors for students pursuing teacher certification are composite science, life science, mathematical studies, and physical science.

The College of Science and Mathematics faculty members are deeply committed to undergraduate teaching and research. One-on-one interactions with faculty members are the norm in this college. Research opportunities with faculty are available to undergraduates. Students are also encouraged to participate in summer internships and research programs at other universities and research institutions.

Undergraduate Programs

Department of Biology

Major in Biology

The Biology Department at Houston Baptist University emphasizes the biomedical/biotechnology area of biology. HBU Biology is especially strong in Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Animal Systems.  The program, taught by faculty with earned Doctorates, prepares students for a wide variety of careers including health professions, graduate school, nursing, education, and industry.

Graduates of HBU Biology have become Ph.D.s, physicians, dentists, biotechnicians, researchers, teachers, and other interesting professions.  They work in the fields of allied health, quality control, ecology, animal and plant science, consulting, lab management, forensics, and related sales areas.

HBU Biology prepares students for their careers by offering biology courses with an academically rigorous, contemporary curriculum.  HBU Biology faculty serve as mentors to enable students to develop professional attitudes required for success and service.

HBU Biology provides mentoring and experiences that enable students to grow in a Christian environment that integrates the principles of biological sciences with their faith.

Departmental honors are available in Biology.

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Major in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology

The College of Science and Mathematics provides the interdisciplinary training necessary to prepare students for success in careers in the biological and biochemical sciences.  HBU faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics teach and mentor in this major.  The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB) major incorporates the training needed for students to compete for spaces in medical school, dental school and graduate programs in the biological and biochemical sciences, in addition to entry-level employment in biomedical research at academic institutions and in the biotechnology industry.

Departmental honors are available in BCMB.

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Department of Chemistry

Major in Chemistry

The chemistry major includes courses in biochemistry as well as general, inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.  Calculus I and II and two courses in calculus-based physics are also required.  The curriculum provides laboratory experiences and includes a senior research project.  Internships and additional undergraduate research opportunities, outside of course requirements, are available to qualified chemistry majors.  Chemistry graduates commonly pursue graduate school, industrial employment, and further study in various health professions.

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Department of Mathematics & Physics

Major in Mathematics

The mathematics major combines course work in both pure and applied mathematics with computer applications. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study or for careers in business, government, and industry.  Mathematics courses are also offered to support other programs, including business, chemistry, education, engineering, the health professions, and physics.

Mathematics graduates often find employment with companies in technological fields such as computer science, engineering, statistics, and actuarial science, but are also highly-valued by employers in non-technological fields because of their proven problem-solving abilities. A mathematics degree also provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies.

Departmental honors are available in Mathematics.

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Major in Physics

The physics program at HBU provides a firm foundation in the theoretical and experimental aspects of physics. In addition, the physics program offers courses for non-science majors: Physics for the Liberal Arts Mind; Astronomy and the Universe; Physics of Sound. Currently, the faculty is involved in theoretical, experimental, and applied physics research. Areas of research include biophysics, supersymmetry, and methods of teaching physics.

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Teacher Certification  (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)

The Colleges of Science and Mathematics and Education and Behavioral Sciences cooperatively offer teacher certification in the following areas:

  • 4-8 Composite Science
  • 4-8 Math Studies
  • 8-12 Composite Science
  • 8-12 Life Science
  • 8-12 Math Studies
  • 8-12 Physical Science

 

Pre-Professional Programs

The College of Science and Mathematics also offers (in addition to advising for HBU degree requirements) specialized advising for students planning to continue their education after obtaining a degree from HBU by attending medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or an engineering school. The requirements as listed below are frequently updated by maintaining close contact with all professional schools. However, professional schools are continually modifying their curriculum, so students should consult with the the health professions and/or the director of the pre-engineering program for the most current requirements for a post-baccalaureate program.

Pre-Engineering Program

The pre-engineering program is designed to allow students to complete an engineering degree after one or two years of full-time study at HBU and approximately three or four years of full-time study at an engineering school. The exact time required will depend on the school and the field of engineering chosen. The program allows students to take all, or nearly all, of their math and science courses and some of their general elective courses at HBU before transferring. The courses recommended below are intended to provide the student with a strong background regardless of which engineering school or field of engineering he or she chooses. Most, but not all, of these courses are required by many engineering schools and for many fields of engineering. Students may, at their discretion, substitute other courses for those recommended. The program director in engineering will provide students with advice and assistance in selecting courses, but it is the responsibility of all students to check with the university that they plan to attend after leaving HBU to verify that the courses taken at HBU will satisfy that school’s requirements.

Recommended Program of Study  
First Year  
FYS 11001  
CHEM 2415, 2416  
ENGL 1320, 1330  
GOVT 23132  
HIST 2313, 23232  
MATH 14343, 1451 or MATH 1451, 1452  
Second Year  
MATH 1452 (if not taken in first year)  
MATH 2423, 2451, 3333, 3364, 3404  
PHYS 2413, 2423  
Other General Electives4  

 
Notes:
1Required by HBU for all beginning freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 15 semester hours credit.
2GOVT 2313, HIST 2313, and 2323 are recommended in part because six hours of American history and six hours of American and Texas government are required by all state universities in Texas.
3This course may be omitted by students who make a satisfactory score on the Calculus Placement Test (CPT). Those students should take MATH 1451 and 1452 during their first year. On the other hand, students with deficiencies in their mathematical background may need to take MATH 1313 and/or MATH 1323 before taking MATH 1434. 
4The following courses satisfy degree requirements at many engineering schools and are recommended for students who want to take additional general elective courses at HBU before transferring, but it is the responsibility of all students to check with the university that they plan to attend after leaving HBU to verify that the courses taken at HBU will satisfy that school’s requirements: PSYC 1313 or SOCI 1313, ECON 2311 or 2312, COMM 1323, WRIT 3345, and ART 2343

 

Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Program

The pre-medical/pre-dental program is open to all HBU students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.  The program is not a major, rather it is a series of classes and activities designed to prepare students for entry into these schools.  The course work, shown in the table below, consists of the pre-requisite courses required by the majority of the public medical and dental schools in Texas.  These courses must be completed prior to entry.  Some professional schools, especially private schools, may have slightly different requirements.  Activities in the program include membership and participation in the appropriate pre-professional student organization (Alpha Epsilon Delta, pre-professional honor society and the Pre-Dental Society), trips to medical and dental schools, and workshops offered by the Health Professions Office.  Students should check the bulletin board on the second floor of the Cullen Science building for information about scheduled activities.  Students are also encouraged to seek shadowing opportunities with area health care professionals and to perform community service as individuals or in conjunction with AED and PDS.

Entry into a health professions school is a competitive process.  Successful students are encouraged to fulfill all course pre-requisites during their first 2.5 years, take the MCAT/DAT during their junior year, and apply to medical/dental school the early summer after their junior year.  Students must also acquire a letter(s) of evaluation as part of their application package. 

The letter(s) can be in either of two forms: 

  • The first form is the Composite Letter of Evaluation Package.  This type is the one preferred by the professional schools.  This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisors, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee.  In order to obtain this letter, a student must:
    1. Complete 30 semester hours at HBU, of which 16 are science courses
    2. Complete 13 of the 14 pre-requisite courses listed in the table below.  If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee, for evaluation and comments to be included in the Evaluation Package.
    3. Register with the Health Professions Office (room S219) to indicate their intention to apply to medical/dental school.  This registration should occur between January 15 and  March 1 of the application year. 
    4. Attend a 30 minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation.
      Committee during the spring semester prior to application.  In addition to these requirements, students are highly encouraged to attend the series of 3 workshops designed to acquaint students with the on-line Texas Medical and Dental Application Service, the format of a successful personal statement, and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview.
       
  • The second form is the Individual Evaluation Letter Package.  This type can be used in lieu of the Composite Package, if the student cannot attend the interview/ workshops or register in advance, as required above.  This package consists of two individual recommendation letters from faculty members, a cover letter by the Health Professions Office and may also include a letter from a health care professional.  To obtain this letter, a student must:
    1. Complete 24 semester hours at HBU, of which 16 are science courses
    2. Register with the Health Professions Office and turn in the two recommendation letters, obtained  from professors in your major.  We recommend that you include at least one science professor.  Students must realize that it often takes several weeks before an Evaluation Package of any type can be mailed to the various schools. Students applying to more than 10 schools, will be charged for mailing costs.  The Health Professions Office does not include transcripts.  Transcripts must be ordered by the student from the Office of the Registrar and sent directly as instructed in the application.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements.

 

Medical and Dental School Requirements  
BIOL 2454 General Biology I  
BIOL 2455 General Biology II  
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology  
Four advanced hours (3000-4000) of Biology including Lab  
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I  
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II  
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II  
(CHEM 4373 Biochemistry – required by some medical and dental schools)  
MATH 3401 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences  
PHYS 1416 General Physics I
OR
PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I (if required for major)
 
PHYS 1417 General Physics II
OR
PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II (if required for major)
 
PSYC 1313 General Psychology & SOC 1313 Principles of Sociology are recommended in order to prepare for the MCAT beginning in 2015  




Pre-Chiropractic Program, Texas Chiropractic College

This is a guide to the required courses for admission to Texas Chiropractic courses. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with Texas Chiropractic College for any updates as these requirements may change without notice to HBU. For other entrance requirements, students should contact Texas Chiropractic College.
 

Science and Math Core  
BIOL 2454 General Biology I  
BIOL 2455 General Biology II  
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I  
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II  
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II  
*PHYS 1416 General Physics I & PHYS 2417 General Physics II   OR  
PHYS 1416 General Physics I & *MATH 3401 Introduction to Statistics  
ENGL 1320 Writing for Wisdom I  
ENGL 1330 Writing for Wisdom II  
PSYC 1313 General Psychology  
CISM 1321 OR demonstrated proficiency  
15 hours of humanities or Social Science courses  

 

Pre-Optometry Program

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all optometry schools. Pre-optometry prequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.  Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of our Pre-Optometry Professional Society (POPS).

Optometry School Requirements  
BIOL 2454 General Biology I  
BIOL 2455 General Biology II  
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology  
BIOL 3414 Microbiology  
BIOL 3454 General Physiology  
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy  
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I  
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II  
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II  
CHEM 4373 Biochemistry  
MATH 1434 Precalculus Mathematics  
MATH 1451 Calculus I  
PHYS 1416 General Physics I OR PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I  
PHYS 1417 General Physics II OR PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II  
PSYC 1313 General Psychology  
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences OR MATH 3401 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences  

 

 

Pre-Pharmacy Program

Students who plan to enter the field of pharmacy may complete the prerequisite courses at Houston Baptist University before applying for admission to a school of pharmacy.

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all pharmacy schools. Pre-Pharmacy prequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.

Pharmacy School Requirements  
BIOL 2454 General Biology I  
BIOL 2455 General Biology II  
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology  
BIOL 3414 Microbiology  
BIOL 3444 Genetics  
BIOL 3454 General Physiology  
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy  
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I  
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II  
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II  
ECON 2311 Microeconomics or ECOM 2312  Macroeconomics  
ENGL 1320 Writing for Wisdom I  
ENGL 1330 Writing for Wisdom II  
ENGL 2315 Great Works of Literature I  
HIST 2313 U.S. History to 1877  
HIST 2323 U.S. History from 1877  
MATH 1434 Precalculus  
MATH 1451 Calculus I  
PHYS 1416 General Physics I OR PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I  
PHYS 1417 General Physics II OR PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II  
GOVT 1313 Introduction to Government  
GOVT 2313 American and Texas Government  
PSYC 1313 General Psychology  
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences OR MATH 3401 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences  
COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking  
Fine Arts: 3 hours  

 

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all physical therapy schools. Pre-Physical Therapy prequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.

Since programs vary in entrance requirements, students should confirm the specific admission requirements for each school. The requirements below are representative of most programs.

Physical Therapy School Requirements  
BIOL 2241 Medical Terminology  
BIOL 2454 General Biology I  
BIOL 2455 General Biology II  
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology  
BIOL 3454 General Physiology  
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy  
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I  
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II  
COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking  
ENGL 1320 Writing for Wisdom I  
ENGL 1330 Writing for Wisdom II  
MATH Varies by school  
PHYS 1416 General Physics I OR PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I  
PHYS 1417 General Physics II OR PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II  
PSYC 1313 General Psychology  
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences OR MATH 3401 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences  
PSYC 2364 Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 3313 Human Growth and Development  
SOCI 1313 Principles of Sociology  
WRIT 3345 Technical Writing  

 

 

Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Students who plan to enter the field of Physician Assistant may complete the prerequisite courses at Houston Baptist University before applying for admission to a Physician Assistant program.

This is a guide to the most frequently required courses. Not all courses will be required by all physician assistant schools. Pre-Physician Assistant prequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. Some of the listed courses may have prerequisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.
 

Physician Assistant School Requirements  
BIOL 2241 Medical Terminology-Recommended  
BIOL 2454 General Biology I  
BIOL 2455 General Biology II  
BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology  
BIOL 3335 Nutrition  
BIOL 3414 Microbiology  
BIOL 3444 Genetics  
BIOL 3454 General Physiology  
BIOL 3456 Advanced Human Anatomy OR BIOL 3464 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy  
BIOL 4464 Immunology  
CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I  
CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II  
CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  
CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I  
ENGL 1320 Writing for Wisdom I  
MATH 1313 College Algebra  
PSYC 1313 General Psychology  
PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences or MATH 3401 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences  
PSYC 2364 Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 3313 Human Growth and Development