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Biological Sciences

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Biological Sciences
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Bring life to scientific theories and discoveries

As a Biological Sciences major, you will take one year of introductory biology followed by a core program in ecology, genetics and cell biology. Professors work directly with you in each lab section to develop and enhance your laboratory skills.

After you have gained a strong foundation of knowledge in biological science theories and practices, you may take electives the following areas:

  • ecological or evolutionary biology
  • developmental biology
  • molecular and cellular biology
  • physiology
  • neurobiology
  • anatomy

Most faculty members direct their own research programs, giving you an opportunity to work on multiple research projects. Biological Sciences majors are 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.

We also offer a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in Biological Sciences as well as a combined bachelor’s and 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.

Classes

Coursework

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

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
More career info

91%

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

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