May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog (Revised Spring 2022) 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog (Revised Spring 2022)

Life Science, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Life Science (BS-LS) degree at Landmark College emphasizes learning by doing. Unlike the traditional approach of separating lecture and lab sections of courses, Landmark College lab courses integrate those experiences in a modular approach that provides opportunities for students to construct knowledge for themselves. Students will have the opportunity to develop laboratory techniques prior to engaging in internship experiences either with an industry partner or as part of a faculty member’s research. This will intentionally enrich professional behaviors and enhance collaboration. We encourage students to critically evaluate concepts and ideas using scientific evidence that will prepare them to become informed and productive members of society.

The B.S. in Life Science degree is an extension of the College’s current A.S. in Life Science degree.

Both degrees offer two tracks of study:

  • Life Science
  • Environmental Biology

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Life Science program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of key concepts, theories, and perspectives in biology as well as the scope and limitations of the discipline.
  • Use scientific reasoning inquiry to design research and think critically about biological information and phenomena.
  • Write and communicate effectively using practices found in the biological fields.
  • Demonstrate career-ready, professional skills and habits of continual improvement through experience, self-reflection, collaboration, and project management.

The STEM department’s instructional philosophy of experiential learning allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep and state-of-the-art training in life science disciplines.

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Life Science degree, students must complete 120 credits.

  • 45 credits of major required courses
    • 23 major required credits
    • 22 major required credits that also count toward general education
  • 28 credits of Selected Track (Life Science or Environmental Biology) requirements
  • 21 additional credits to complete the general education requirements 
  • 26 credits of open electives (12 must be at the 3000/4000 level)

Major Requirements: 45 credits

Selected Track (Life Science or Environmental Biology): 28 credits

Life Science Track

Molecular Biology of the Cell: 4 credits

24 credits from the following:

  • Animal Behavior: 3 credits
  • Biochemistry: 3 credits
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: 3 credits
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: 4 credits
  • Developmental Biology: 4 credits
  • Human Biology: 3 credits
  • Kinesiology: 3 credits
  • Microbiology: 4 credits
  • Molecular Basis of Disease: 3 credits
  • Neurobiology: 3 credits


Environmental Biology Track

Ecology: 4 credits

24 credits from the following:

  • Nutrition: 3 credits
  • Vertebrate Physiology: 4 credits
  • Aquatic Ecology: 4 credits
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Bio: 3 credits
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: 4 credits
  • Conservation Biology: 3 credits
  • Environmental Science: 4 credits
  • Environmental Policy: 3 credits
  • Field Studies & Wildlife Conservation: 3 credits
  • GIS and Mapping: 3 credits
  • Natural Resource Mgt. and Sustainability: 4 credits
  • Plant Biology: 4 credits
  • Principles of Sustainability: 3 credits
  • Winter Ecology: 3 credits
  • Zoology: 4 credits

Additional General Education Core Requirements: 21 credits

Open Electives (26 credits)

26 credits total with at least 12 credits at the 3000/4000 level.