Apr 25, 2019
The Biology program prepares majors to begin a professional career in the life sciences. Agriculture, wildlife management, forestry, the food industry, the drug and pharmacy industries, public health and environmental protection all provide career opportunities for biologists. In addition, the program offers excellent preparation for professional studies in biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, as well as for pre-law programs in environmental and health regulatory law. Participation in undergraduate research is strongly encouraged.
Optional minors include Chemistry or Education, though no minor is required. In addition, an Emphasis or Concentration can be earned. See “Required courses” section below for details.
Biology Major - General Education Requirements
- INTD 101 - University Seminar
- ENGL 101 - Writing I: The Writing Process
- ENGL 104 - Writing II: Research & Argumentative Essays
- MATH 151 - Calculus I (recommended) or MATH 125 - College Algebra and Trigonometry
- HIST 131 - World History to 1500 or HUM 101 - Themes in Western Culture
- One course in art, music, performance, or aesthetics
- One additional course in English or in a foreign language
- One additional humanities elective from English, the arts, aesthetics, foreign language, humanities, philosophy, or religion
- One course in American history or government
- One course in philosophy
- Two additional social science electives from different disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.
- Two courses approved by the adviser and selected from disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Biology Major - Required Courses
(Students must earn a minimum of 42 credit hours in Biology)
Additional Required Courses
In addition to the core, students must take seven courses from at least three of the four ‘baskets’. At least two of these courses must be 300 level or higher. If four of these courses come from the same ‘basket’, the student has an EMPHASIS in that basket.
Biology Major - Baskets
SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BASKET
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY BASKET
MOLECULAR AND MICROBIOLOGY BASKET
Because upper-level biology courses may be offered only every other year, students are urged to consult their advisers in planning their curriculum.