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Biological Sciences

​As a Biological Sciences student, you will take one year of introductory biology followed by a core program in ecology, genetics and cell biology.

After you have gained a strong foundation of knowledge in biological science theories and practices, you may take electives in areas such as ecological or evolutionary biology, developmental biology, molecular and cellular biology, physiology, neurobiology and anatomy.

Professors work directly with you in each lab section to develop and enhance your laboratory skills. Most faculty members direct their own research programs, giving you an opportunity to work on multiple research projects. You will also be encouraged to attend seminars and complete internships.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, the Department of Biological Sciences also partners with the College of Education to award teaching degrees.

The Department of Biological Sciences works with the College of Education to offer courses as part of a Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE). The MSSE program helps practicing teachers to gain experience and endorsement in areas of science.

We also offer a combined bachelor’s + master’s degree program in Biological Sciences and a combined bachelor’s + master’s in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education Biological Sciences. Both of these combined degree programs allow you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in as few as five years.


Sample Courses:

  • Biostatistics
  • Calculus
  • General Biology
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Integrative Biology
  • Medicine and Health
  • Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Biochemical engineering
  • Botany
  • Conservation biology
  • Education
  • Environmental science
  • Forensics and criminal investigation
  • Marine biology
  • Medical school
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmaceutical research


98 percent of 2017 Biological Sciences graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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