The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs for students preparing for careers in education, laboratory and field research, biotechnology, environmental sciences, medical laboratory sciences, cytotechnology, nuclear medicine technology, food science technology, and pre-professional programs including pre-medicine, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary medicine.
Biology programs are housed in the Department of Biological Sciences
The biology major offers a core program intended to develop a common background in biology and additional upper-level courses designed to provide specialized options.
Students can complete the requirements for a Biology B.S. by selecting the general non-specialized biology major or one of the alternative specialized emphases.
The purpose of this option is to prepare the student for a career in biomedicine.
The four-year curriculum consists of three years spent at the university completing the required courses and the fourth year is a 32 credit internship which prepares graduates to take the certifying examination.
The option consists of fundamental courses in biology and related sciences, mid-level study in genetics, evolution, and statistics, and an array of upper-division electives that emphasize fieldwork, data analysis, and writing.
The option exposes students to a variety of topics in microbiology and teaches numerous skills needed to work with microorganisms.
Nuclear Medicine Technology is a highly specialized allied healthcare field that utilizes radioactive materials in diagnosis, treatment of disease, and medical research.
The plant science option emphasizes plant structure and function, diversity, evolutionary and anatomical adaptations and interactions between plants and their environment.
Toxicology is a wide-ranging course of study, allowing students to connect their background on chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics.
Study in this area focuses on organismal diversity, animal structures and the functions, genetics, development, evolution, behavior, and ecological interactions.
The Biology Minor is a general introduction to the biological sciences and is a great addition to any major.