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Receive solid grounding in life science and biological processes with a Biology major or minor.

Customize your Biology major with one of our tracks (Biological Sciences, Pre‑Dentistry, and Pre‑Medicine) to suit your interests and prepare yourself for a career in science or teaching, or to pursue an advanced degree at a graduate, medical, or professional school. 

Contact Information

Melinda Harrison, PhD
Chair and Professor, Chemistry

Biology Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a multidisciplinary program combining rigorous foundations in biology, chemistry, and physics. This integrated program emphasizes real-life experiences; laboratory experiences and an internship research project with a faculty mentor, or participation in student teaching provide you with state-of-the-art lab skills and experience in a research, allied health, or teaching environment.

 A core set of courses introduces the basic concepts of life science and the fundamentals of biological processes and the diversity of organisms. A subsequent series of courses provides a broad biological base for advanced work in specific concentration areas, including Biological Sciences, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Medicine.

 You’ll also participate in a Senior Seminar course, in which you’ll write a short thesis based on either laboratory-based or library-based research.

Employment Outlook

The Biology program is designed to prepare you for a career in science, in the allied health fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy, entry-level placement in pharmaceutical and biomedical research laboratories, or in teaching. The program will also prepare you to continue your studies in graduate, medical, and professional schools.

Program Highlights:

  • Major or minor option
  • Customizable major with one of these tracks: Biological Sciences, Health Science, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Medicine
  • Small class sizes as well as direct support and advising from full-time faculty 
  • Specialized career development programming
  • Hands-on experiential learning beginning in the first semester
  • Research/internship experience 
  • Opportunities for presentations at regional and national conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals 
  • Opportunities for service
  • Affilate agreements with professional schools for continued education

 Skills Learned

  • Understand foundational biological, chemical, and physical science concepts, as emphasized in the core science course requirements
  • Apply the scientific method and possess problem-solving skills necessary to design, conduct, and troubleshoot experiments and to test a hypothesis
  • Read, understand, and critically review scientific papers and interpret and analyze data presented in various forms (e.g., graphs, tables, narrative) using critical-thinking, analytical, and quantitative skills
  • Present scientific ideas to multiple audiences using the accepted format of the discipline using written and oral communication skills
  • Gain entry into the science workplace and/or graduate/professional schools utilizing a basic proficiency in computational skills, lab techniques, and use of technology