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Biology

Explore your passion for science and discover exciting career possibilities.

A Biology major allows you to pursue specialized interests in secondary biology education, field biology, microbiology and clinical laboratory sciences, and the health-related professions including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training, and all related fields of study at the graduate level. 

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

The Biology major offers you a variety of opportunities to develop both fundamental and in-depth knowledge within the disciplines of the biological sciences. You will participate in comprehensive hands-on laboratory-based activities that will promote the development of technical skills used in biological science investigations.

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Our Biology graduates work in a variety of areas, including biology secondary education, environmental education, environmental consulting and public health. After graduate school, they are employed as pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and doctors. Others work in hospitals as medical technologists or laboratory technicians. 

What makes our program unique?

Our honors classes push you to develop critical thinking skills and provide advanced preparation for graduate school.

In 2012 and 2013, 90.6 percent of Biology students who applied to graduate school were accepted into the program of their choice directly after graduation.

Special Opportunities & Career Possibilities

Special Opportunities

If you have an interest in research, you can participate in a project with a faculty member.


Career Possibilities

Read about the careers of these successful biology major alumni:



Earning Potential

Professional Certifications preparation

$25,000 to $90,000+.

Course Requirements

Revised Program Description, starting August 2013

The Biology major offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to develop both fundamental and in-depth knowledge within the disciplines of the biological sciences.  Students will participate in comprehensive, hands-on laboratory-based activities that will promote the development of technical skills used in biological science investigations.

The Biology major has been designed to allow students to pursue specialized interests in secondary biology education, microbiology and clinical laboratory sciences, field biology, and the health-related professions including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training, and other fields at the graduate level.

Courses Required for the Biology Major

Course  Title  Credit Hours
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BIO 260 Microbiology 4
BIO 312 Genetics 4
BIO 321 Ecology 4
BIO 409 Cell Biology 4
BIO electives*   8 – 12
 One BIO elective must be at or above 200 level
 Two BIO electives must be at or above 300 level
CHEM 121  General Chemistry I  4
CHEM 122  General Chemistry II  4
CHEM electives Must be at or above 200 level 7 – 8
   Total 47 – 52
     
PHYS Physics 111/112 OR 121/122 8
MATH 207 Statistics 3 

Faculty

Dr. Laura Haubrick

Assistant Professor of Biology, Chair of Biology Department
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Dr. Nina Parker

Associate Professor of Biology
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