The Biology Department provides a diversity of career options through three courses of study that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
The objectives of the Department are as follows:
- To prepare students for careers in biology.
- To provide students with pre-professional training for dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, podiatry, osteopathy, optometry, and various allied health options.
- To provide learning experiences in biology for students majoring in other disciplines.
The four B.S. option areas are as follows:
Option 1 Biology 1, which enables majors to pursue graduate degrees with an option for employment at the bachelor level.
Option 2 Biology 2, students will follow Option 1 then seek specific endorsement. (e.g., teachers’ licensure)
Option 3 Biology 3, Pre-professional, which provides a background for students having an interest in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, osteopathy, and podiatry.
The curriculum includes 15 credit hours of approved laboratory work in molecular biology/genomics, cell biology, and proteins and proteomics. The program is designed for the continuing education of research technicians with baccalaureate degrees in academic and industrial laboratories, new college graduates who want to enhance their knowledge, and undergraduates who are interested in developing skills in the latest biotechnology techniques.
Minor in Biology
Completion of a minor requires that a student earn a C (2.0) or better in each of the required courses. Substitutions are not possible for core courses.
Students who successfully complete the requirements for either of the three above models will be considered Biology majors. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses of the major group. The "major group" includes all required science and mathematics courses, and this definition is applicable to all students who enrolled in the Department beginning in the Fall Semester of 1989 and thereafter.