Biology is the core life science program. The Department of Biology provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education offering courses aimed at breadth and depth of study including cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, physiology, organismal biology, animal behavior, plant biology and physiology, ecology, and evolution. The curriculum emphasizes the process of science through inquiry-based experiential learning in laboratory and field courses, faculty-mentored research, and co-curricular opportunities. Students connect their experiences and gain global perspectives through participation in international research projects, attendance at regional and national conferences, and field work both domestic and abroad.
All degree programs in Biology prepare students for employment and graduate and professional study. Students are successful in a wide range of careers, including biomedicine, biotechnology, microbiology, ecological and behavioral science, education, environmental studies, science communication, outreach and advocacy. Our students are well prepared to pursue further study in the health professions (including professional study in medical, dental, and veterinary schools), as well as for graduate study in the diverse areas of the life sciences.
Regardless of the curricular path chosen, each student is individually advised and counseled according to his/her aptitude and career interests and courses are recommended to assist students in reaching their full potential.
Minor in Biology: Requirements for the minor program in biology include a year of introductory biology, one or both courses in ecology and genetics and upper level courses that add up to a total of five biology courses. Note that this excludes courses such as BIO 1106 Human Biology and BIO 2009 Environmental Biology that are designed for non-majors. BIO 1025 Introduction to Biological Sciences may substitute for BIO 1027. Please note that many upper level biology courses have prerequisites such as genetics, ecology or chemistry. Students should consult with their biology advisor for the minor when deciding on courses to take.