The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide a well- rounded education for its majors, which includes understanding core biological principles at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, and ecosystem levels. The department also seeks to cultivate the analytical skills and curiosity about the biological world that will enable students to be successful professionals, thoughtful citizens, and caretakers of the earth.

Through a range of introductory and advanced courses, the B.S. degree program is designed to provide students with the academic preparation needed to succeed in professional schools in the health sciences (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, etc.) and in graduate programs across the biological disciplines (zoology, botany, microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, evolution and ecology, etc.). In addition, the department provides an academic foundation that may lead to direct employment in education, industry, government, and many other fields. Through its broad curriculum, the department helps students to achieve this preparation by requiring them to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the purpose of science and the place biology has among the sciences and society, in general;
  • an understanding of the scientific method: construction of hypotheses, data collection and analysis techniques, and formulation of conclusions;
  • a comprehension and appreciation of the basic concepts of biological science including: the unity and diversity of life, biological molecules, the cell as a functioning structure, mechanisms of inheritance, principles of ecology, and processes of evolution;
  • skills for effective verbal communication to peers in scientific settings;
  • skills to write clear scientific research and review papers; and
  • an understanding of the process of scientific publication and the ability to understand and critique primary scientific literature.

For more information about the Biology major leading to a teaching certification, please contact the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Program Type

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Contact

Professor Rick Kopp

Program Options

Core Courses

(22 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(6-7 hours required) 

Elective Courses

(9-10 hours required)

  • Select nine to ten additional credit hours among 300-400 level BIO courses (excluding BIO306) to bring the total hours for the major to forty-nine.

Allied Courses

(11 hours required)

Core Courses

(4 hours required)

Elective Courses

(14 hours required)

  • Select fourteen additional hours in Biology, excluding BIO100, BIO260, and BIO270.

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