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
If you have an interest in research, you can participate in a project with a faculty member.
Read about the careers of these successful biology major alumni:
Professional Certifications preparation
$25,000 to $90,000+.
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
|BIO 121||General Biology I||4|
|BIO 122||General Biology II||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|
Minor in Biology
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