Undergraduate

Courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences are intended to meet the needs of students preparing themselves for careers in the biological and related sciences, or who want a knowledge of the life sciences as part of their general education and/or to satisfy science requirements in other departments or programs.

Majors in the life sciences provide preparation which can lead directly to a variety of careers in industry, government agencies, and the basic and applied health fields. They also provide excellent preparation for pursuing graduate studies leading to professions in the biological and health sciences. All majors require a minimum of 40 hours of coursework in the Department of Biological Sciences. These include 20 hours of core courses, a 2 hour capstone experience requirement (BSC 491) and a minimum of 18-20 hours of electives chosen under the guidance of the advisers. Students may use these electives to pursue an area of emphasis. Additional requirements include the Specific Requirements of the College of Science in humanities and social sciences, and support courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Cell, Molecular and Medical Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Natural History and Conservation
  • Plant Biology

Comprehensive information regarding requirements for the Biology major and areas of emphasis is available in the undergraduate catalog or by consulting your advisors.