Bachelor of Science

Biology focuses on the study of life from the whole organism to the molecular level and emphasizes understanding species and their genetics, development, evolution and interaction with a dynamic environment. Biology is a multidisciplinary program for students interested in the full range of biology professions.

Students become well-grounded in math, science and technology as well as a common core of biology topics.

The four concentrations below provide in-depth studies and opportunities for research and internships that prepare students for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, medically-related research, graduate and professional studies, or joining the business and industrial work forces.

Biochemistry 

In this concentration, students investigate life sciences at the molecular level. This interdisciplinary investigation prepares students for graduate and professional schooling in molecular level science, medicine, and pharmacy and a multitude of employment opportunities in the chemical, pharmaceutical and health professions as well as service in the science and technology sector of local, state and federal government. View the biochemistry program plan (PDF).

Cell Biology and Biotechnology 

This concentration is a multidisciplinary program for students interested in professional programs such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school, or graduate school in cell biology or biotechnology. This program is also ideally suited for students interested in the full range of biotechnology professions. View the cell biology and biotechnology program plan (PDF).

General Biology 

This concentration is for students interested in exploring the full range of topics in biology, from molecules to ecosystems. It is excellent preparation for a range of careers in biology, working in the field or in a laboratory setting. It is equally appropriate for students interested in professional schools, including medical and veterinary school, and for students interested in graduate school in any area of biology, including organismal biology and ecology. View the general biology program plan (PDF).

Biology Teacher Certification 

This concentration is for students interested in teaching biology at the secondary level, grades 6-12. With a major in biology, they will also be prepared to enter the broader workforce and to pursue graduate or professional school. View biology teacher certification program plan (PDF).

View the course catalog requirements for biology majors under the School of Science and Technology.

See the Student Learning Outcomes for the biology program.

Biology Minor

An understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of biology affords greater career flexibility and opportunity for non-biology majors in a highly competitive and increasingly interdisciplinary job market in both STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and non-STEM fields. The purpose of the biology minor program is to provide non-biology majors with a background in the fundamental concepts and principles of biology for application in non-biology careers, such as chemistry, mathematics, informational technology, engineering, psychology, business and technical/science writing.

Minor Requirements

A minor in biology must include 18 credit hours of biology course work (BIOL or BCHM designation only), with at least 9 hours at the 3000-4000 level at least one 3000-4000 level course must include a lab. Grades of C or better are required for all courses and labs counting towards the minor.

Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisite requirements (such as CHEM 1211K/1212K* and BIOL 1107K/1108K*) for the biology courses they choose to take and are strongly encouraged to take these prerequisites as early as possible in their academic career.

Courses excluded from the biology major are non-majors science courses BIOL 1101K/1102; research courses BIOL 4560, BIOL 4570, STEC 2500, STEC 4500; Internship BIOL 4800; Capstone/Interdisciplinary Applications of Biology BIOL 4700; and Readings in Biology BIOL 4600.

Courses used to satisfy general education requirements cannot be used to satisfy the biology minor requirements.

*For some GGC majors, one of these course sequences must be completed to satisfy the general education requirements, and whichever course sequence is not taken for general education requirement is required for the biology minor.