Overview & Academics

The BIOLOGY program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of living things with examination of plants, animals and microbes on a microscopic and macroscopic level. Students receive hands-on training using sampling and identification techniques in the lab and in the field.

Career Options:

  • Public Health Careers
  • Academic Research in University Settings
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Research and Product Development in Medical Supply and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Middle & High School Science Teacher
  • Industry Scientist & Outreach Coordinator

Major Requirements:

  • Life Science w/Lab
  • Methods in Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Intro to Environmental Science*
  • Conservation Biology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Ecological Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Two additional BIO 300-400 level courses (one must include a lab)
  • General Chemistry I w/Lab
  • General Chemistry II or General Organic and Biochemistry Requirement
  • College Algebra (or equivalent)
  • Elementary Statistics

At least one course from each of the following categories:

  1. Written Communication: Journalism, Editorial Techniques, Business Communication, Creative Writing
  2. Oral Communication: Presentation 3, Oral Communication Methods; Fundamental Communication
  3. Business: Fundamental Accounting; Principles of Management; Computer Software; Principles of Marketing

Minor Requirements:

  • Life Science w/Lab
  • Methods in Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution

At least one course from two of the four categories below and one lab:

  1. Animal Form & Function: Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology Lab, Physiological Ecology, Pathophysiology, Histology
  2. Animal Diversity: Animal Behavior, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology
  3. Taxonomic Diversity: Biology of Plants, Microbiology, Molecular Evolution/Biotechnology
  4. Biology Core: Genetics, Ecology, Ecological Methods

Biology Faculty