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 mathematics, 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.
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.
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.
- Course catalog requirements for cell biology and biotechnology
- Academic map for cell biology and biotechnology concentration (PDF)
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.
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.
- Course catalog requirements for biology teacher certification
- Academic map for biology teacher certification track (PDF)
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.