Department of Biology
Majors and MinorsBiology Major
As biology major, you will study broad areas of biological science including molecules, cells and tissues, organisms and the environment. Elective courses are offered in such fields as ecology, genetics, neuroscience and physiology. The biology major is flexible for students who wish to combine foundation principles and design a program of study that best fits their goals. Many biology classes take a case study approach that involves a less structured classroom environment utilizing small groups and discussion. The approach is interactive, requiring students to take responsibility for investigating aspects of the case. In addition to a full range of laboratory experiences, students also have the opportunity to take field courses, including summer courses in marine biology and forest ecology.
Biology students are regularly exposed to interesting resources, literature and biologists in the field. The department keeps up with current trends and advancements in modern biology while maintaining its roots in more traditional areas, allowing for a well-rounded education.
What can I do with this degree?
With a degree in biology, your well-rounded scientific education will prepare you for:
- Service as a science teacher
- Graduate or medical school
- Work in a research lab
- Work for the government
- Work in private industry
Requirements for the Major:
38 credits minimum excluding 380 as defined below:
- Biology 191, 192, 210; seminar and research (491, 492, 493, 494, 495 or 496) or approved research internship (450)
- Six additional biology courses, including at least one representing diversity (240, 270, 301) and at least one representing ecology or evolution (215, 230, 280, 308)
- Chemistry 201
- Mathematics 115; and 117, 118 or 119
Requirements for the Minor:
Biology 191, 192, 210 and two additional courses at the 200-level or above.