Biology is the study of the principles governing living organisms, and spans a continuum of organization from molecules and cells to individuals and ecosystems. The field of biology involves a wide range of sub-specialties including molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, neurobiology, ecology and others with many intellectual links between them.
The BS program gives strong preparation for those wishing to attend professional or graduate school in biology or related disciplines, and it is also recommended for those who intend to enter the scientific workforce upon completion of a bachelor's degree. The BA program, which also provides the essential background for professional schools, is designed for those who are planning for careers in fields in which a science background will be advantageous, such as journalism, environmental law, and sales or management in the biotechnology and various health-related industries.
Individuals with a degree in biology enter careers in many areas. It is the most common route for students wishing to enter the health professions. Many biology majors become physicians, physician-assistants, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, optometrists, nurses, podiatrists, and clinical workers. Some graduates enter the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or environmental fields; others pursue a career in education. Students may also choose to pursue advanced academic programs that culminate in Ph.D. degrees within or across the traditional discipline.
The biology program includes a required five-course core of a two-semester introductory sequence, plus cell biology, genetics and ecology, which introduce the fundamentals of contemporary biology. This is followed by at least three (B.A.) to six (B.S.) advanced biology electives. Emphasis is placed on understanding and analyses of experimental data. Courses in calculus, chemistry and physics are also required and are prerequisites for some biology courses. Opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research are also available.
Dr. Joel Sheffield
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 306
Dr. Evelyn Vleck
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248P