Biology/Pre-Med/Nursing

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Our nursing program is the best choice
for your education and future.

Why is it the best? Simple. Our 2+2 program allows you to earn your Associates in Biology at Welch College and then finish your Bachelors at one of three local universities. Our partnership with these universities provides guaranteed seats in their nursing program for students who meet the minimum requirements. One of the largest employers in Middle Tennessee is healthcare. The relationships we have built with local hospitals in our community and city give Welch students multiple opportunities to go directly into a nursing career.  These hospitals provide a lot of advantages to our students. Not only do they provide jobs, but they also provide loan reimbursement.

At Welch College, we believe that Christians in scientific and medical professions have a responsibility not only to understand emerging technologies but also to investigate the moral and ethical implications of scientific advancements. In our biology, pre-med, and nursing programs, we honor God’s creation by learning all we can about it, while utilizing best practices in the classroom to teach you all we can about biology, we also look at it from a biblical perspective. Why a biblical approach you may ask? To us, the best scientific thinkers also have a strong moral, ethical and faith foundation against which to measure their knowledge. In your classes, you will gain in-depth exposure to the biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences.

Associate of Science Degree: Pre-Nursing

The 2+2 Nursing Education Collaborative guarantees students who meet the minimum academic requirements of a 22 composite ACT score, a cumulative 3.0 GPA and graduate from Welch College with an Associate’s in Science Nursing degree (A.S.N.) a seat in the nursing programs at Belmont University, Cumberland University, or Union University.

QUICK FACTS

  • Begin your education at Welch College (2 years), obtain an Associates degree and finish your education at the nursing school of your choice: Belmont University, Cumberland University, or Union University (2 years)
  • Take advantage of the Tennessee Promise and Hope Scholarship
  • Complete clinical training at Sumner Regional and Hendersonville Medical Center
  • Have a seamless path for acceptance and transfer of credit to the schools of nursing at Belmont, Cumberland, and Union
  • Access to state of the art science and nursing labs
  • Experience an optimum learning environment with small class sizes and personal attention
  • Be mentored and advised throughout the four-year academic process

Program Details

Requirements: 68 hours, with a 2.75 g.p.a. overall (minimum 2.0 g.p.a. in each segment of the degree).

(1) Theological Studies, 16 hours:
BIB 1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies, 2
BIB 1250. Evangelism and Discipleship, 2
BIB 1011, 1031, 2032, 2062. Bible Survey, 10
IDS 1902. Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, 2 (for content purposes, this is shared with A/S)

(2) Arts and Sciences, 20 hours:
ENG 1011, 1022. English Grammar, Usage, and Composition I, II, 6
HIS 1011. History of Western Civilization, 3
IDS 1001. Leadership and Calling, 2
MAT 3011. Statistics I, 3
MUS 1002. Music Introduction and Appreciation, 3
SPE 1000. Fundamentals of Speech, 3

(3) Nursing Related Courses, 12 hours:
BIO 2308. Principles of Nutrition, 3
PSY 2001. General Psychology, 3
PSY 2402. Lifespan Development, 3
SSC 2008. Introduction to Sociology, 3

(4) Biology and Chemistry, 20 hours:
BIO 1001, 1011. Systems in Biological Science and Lab, 4
BIO 2106, 2116. Microbiology and Lab, 4
BIO 2401, 2411. Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, 4
BIO 2502, 2512. Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, 4
CHE 1004, 1014. General Chemistry I and Lab, 4

Requirements: 143 hours, with a 2.75 g.p.a. overall, in all majors for licensure, and the Professional Core, which is required for admission to the program, admission to Student Teaching, graduation, and licensure. Otherwise, a minimum 2.00 g.p.a. is required in each segment of the degree.

(1) Theological Studies Major, 32 hours:
BIB 1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies, 2
BIB 1250. Evangelism and Discipleship, 2
BIB 1011, 1031, 2032, 2062. Bible Survey, 10
IDS 1902, 3101, 4101. Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, 6 (for content purposes, these courses are shared with the A/S Core)
PHL 3602. Christian Philosophy, 3 (for content purposes, this is shared with the A/S Core)
THE 3101. Christian Doctrines, 3
THE 3102. Christian Ethics, 3
BIB elective, 3 (must be at the 4000 level)

(2) Arts and Sciences Core, 37 hours:
ENG 1011, 1022. English Grammar, Usage, and Composition I, II, 6
ENG 2111, 2122. Masterpieces of World Literature I, II, 6
HIS 1011, 1022. History of Western Civilization I, II, 6
IDS 1001, 2001. Leadership and Calling, 4
MAT 1101. College Algebra, 3
MUS 1002. Music Introduction and Appreciation, 3
PHE 2100. Lifetime Fitness and PHE activity elective, 3
SPE 1000. Fundamentals of Speech, 3
SSC 3101. Marriage and Family, 3

(3) Science Major, 41 hours:
(a) Biology Major Core, 26 hours:
BIO 1101, 1111. General Biology I and Lab, 4 (for content purposes, these courses are shared with the A/S Core and meet BIO1001, 1011 requirements)
BIO 1202, 1212. General Biology II, and Lab, 4
BIO 2204. Genetics, 3
BIO 3103, 3113. Ecology and Lab, 4
BIO 3205. Evolution and Origins, 2
BIO 4502. Biology Senior Seminar, 1
CHE 1004, 1014. General Chemistry I and Lab, 4
CHE 1105, 1115. General Chemistry II and Lab, 4

(b) General Biology, 15 hours:
BIO 3303, 3313. Cell Biology and Lab, 4
BIO 4105, 4115. Biochemistry and Lab, 4
MAT 3011. Statistics I, or MAT 2202. Calculus, 3
SCI 2204, 2214. Physical Science and Lab, 4

(4) Professional Education Core, 33 hours:
PSY 2402. Lifespan Development, 3
EDU 2001. Introduction to Education, 2
EDU 2102. Educational Psychology, 2
EDU 3801. Exceptional Child, 3
EDU 4201. School Assessment, 2
EDU 4302. Teaching in the Secondary Grades, 3
EDU 4332. Content Area Reading/Writing, 3
EDU 4401. History and Philosophy of Education, 2
EDU 4450. Introduction to Student Teaching, 1
EDU 4500. Student Teaching Seminar, 2
EDU 4800. Enhanced Student Teaching: 6-12, 10

Requirements for Emphasis in Pre-health Sciences : 136 hours; OR Emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology: 128 hours; both emphases require a 2.50 g.pa. overall and in each segment of the degree.

(1) Theological Studies Major, 30 hours:
BIB 1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies, 2
BIB 1250. Evangelism and Discipleship, 2
BIB 1011, 1031, 2032, 2062. Bible Survey, 10
IDS 1902, 3101, 4101. Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, 6 (for content purposes, these courses are shared with the A/S Core)
PHL 3602. Christian Philosophy, 3 (for content purposes, this is shared with the A/S Core)
THE 3101. Christian Doctrines, 3
BIB elective, 4 (must be at the 4000 level)

(2) Arts and Sciences Core, 37 hours:
ENG 1011, 1022. English Grammar, Usage, and Composition I, II, 6
ENG 2111, 2122. Masterpieces of World Literature I, II, 6
HIS 1011, 1022. History of Western Civilization I, II, 6
IDS 1001, 2001. Leadership and Calling, 4
MAT 1101. College Algebra, 3
MUS 1002. Music Introduction and Appreciation, 3
PHE 2100. Lifetime Fitness and PHE activity elective, 3
SPE 1000. Fundamentals of Speech, 3
SSC 3101. Marriage and Family, 3

(3) Biology Major, 69 or 61 hours,
(a) Biology Major Core plus either (b) Pre-health Sciences Emphasis or (c) Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis:

(a) Biology Major Core, 26 hours, required for both emphases:
BIO 1101, 1111. General Biology I and Lab, 4 (for content purposes, these courses are shared with the A/S Core and meet BIO1001, 1011 requirements)
BIO 1202, 1212. General Biology II, and Lab, 4
BIO 2204. Genetics, 3
BIO 3205. Evolution and Origins, 2
BIO 3103, 3113. Ecology and Lab, 4
BIO 4502. Biology Senior Seminar, 1
CHE 1004, 1014. General Chemistry I and Lab, 4
CHE 1105, 1115. General Chemistry II and Lab, 4

(b) Pre-health Sciences Emphasis: Cell and Molecular Biology, 43 hours:
BIO 2106, 2116. Microbiology and Lab, 4
BIO 2401, 2411. Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab, 4
BIO 2502, 2512. Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab, 4
BIO 3304, 3314. Cell Biology and Lab, 4
BIO 4006, 4016. Molecular Biology and Lab, 4
BIO 4105, 4115. Biochemistry and Lab, 4
CHE 2003, 2013. Organic Chemistry I and Lab, 4
CHE 2106, 2116. Organic Chemistry II and Lab, 4
MAT 3011. Statistics I, or MAT 2202. Calculus, 3
PHY 2003, 2013. General Physics I and Lab, 4
PHY 2106, 2116. General Physics II and Lab, 4

(c) Cell and Molecular Biology Emphasis, 35 hours:
BIO 2106, 2116. Microbiology and Lab, 4
BIO 2401, 2411. Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab, 4
BIO 2502, 2512. Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab, 4
BIO 3304, 3314. Cell Biology and Lab, 4
BIO 4006, 4016. Molecular Biology and Lab, 4\
BIO 4105, 4115. Biochemistry and Lab, 4
CHE 2003, 2013. Organic Chemistry I and Lab, 4
MAT 3011. Statistics I, or MAT 2202. Calculus, 3
PHY 2003, 2013. General Physics I and Lab, 4

Hawkins, Ian (1)

Meet Dr. Ian Hawkins
Arts and Science, Chairman; Science, Program Coordinator

B.S. (biochemistry), East Carolina University, 2001
B.S. (chemistry), East Carolina University, 2001
M.S., Vanderbilt University, 2006
Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University, 2013
Faculty, Welch College, 2006-

Contact Dr. Hawkins
Email: ihawkins@welch.edu
Phone:  615-675-5304

Sample Core Courses

BIO 1001. SYSTEMS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE – A study of the major principles in biology including the scientific method, cell organization and characterization, energy production and consumption, genetics, characterization and classification of organisms, organ systems and processes, ecology and environmental science, and the theory of evolution and how the Christian worldview can be applied to scientific study.

BIO 3205. EVOLUTION AND ORIGINS – A deep study of evolution and its implications for science and society. The Christian responses to evolution over the years will be studied with an emphasis on a literal interpretation of Genesis and a young earth creationist approach.

BIO 4006. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – A study of the processing of information in the cell including detailed analyses of transcription, translation, replication, and the mechanisms of control.

BIO 4105. BIOCHEMISTRY – A study of the functions of biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates with increased emphasis on enzymes and three-dimensional structures as well as their metabolism.