The Biology Department fosters in all students an understanding of and curiosity about the living world and biological processes, an appreciation of how scientific knowledge is acquired, and the ability to apply your knowledge and skills to generate and address new questions.

  • You can publish and present at conferences
  • We stress communication and professionalism to build your confidence and preparation
  • We have a biology club
  • Our low faculty/student ratio and strong support system provide mentorship and guidance
  • We have expert faculty in many biology disciplines to help you explore options
  • We offer professional development night for networking and exploring careers
  • Our independent research students have 24 hour access to labs
  • We offer team taught courses with Environmental Science
  • 24-Hour

    Access to labs for
    independent researchers

  • Career Prep

    medicine, biotechnology, teaching +

  • Required

    Undergrad Research

Course Requirements

Common Core Courses

Courses in the Laboratory Science section of the Common Core are BIOL 0102 - Environmental Biology, BIOL 0104 - Human Biology, BIOL 0106 - Biology Today, and BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I. The 100-level courses (BIOL 0102, BIOL 0104, and BIOL 0106) do not satisfy requirements for the Biology Major and should not be taken by students majoring in Biology. MATH 0105 and MATH 0108 each satisfy the traditional mathematics area of the Common Core. BIOL 0278 satisfies the applied analytical reasoning area of the Common Core. Both math courses should be selected with guidance from faculty advisor.

Requirements for the Biology Major - 64 Credits

To earn a major in Biology, students must successfully complete all Introductory Courses, Biology Seminars, Required Chemistry Courses, Upper Division Courses, and Elective Courses as described below.

Introductory Biology/Math Courses

Note:

BIOL 0128 and BIOL 0129 DO NOT have to be taken in sequence, but should be taken in the first year. MATH 0105 and MATH 0108 each satisfy the traditional mathematics area of the Common Core and BIOL 0278 satisfies the applied analytical reasoning area of the Common Core. Both math courses should be selected with guidance from faculty advisor.

Biology Seminars

Three 1-credit seminars as follows:

Note:

The first-year seminar serves as an introduction to the field of biology, research methods, and career opportunities; assists students in integrating the knowledge gained in individual biology and cognate courses; and helps documents the student's progress toward meeting the departmental learning goals. A topical seminar (BIOL 0280-0289) is typically taken during the junior or senior year and focuses on specific topics, while the Senior Seminar requires the presentation of a portfolio documenting the student's progress toward meeting the departmental learning goals.

Required Chemistry Courses

Two semesters of chemistry may be used to satisfy the Science requirement of the Common Core.

Upper Division Biology Courses
Elective Courses

A minimum of 15 additional credits in Biology above the 100-level (excluding internships), selected with guidance from the faculty advisor. These 15 credits must include the following:

Recommended Courses

If students are interested in graduate or professional school, a year of calculus and a year of physics is strongly recommended. Students should discuss their academic and career goals with their faculty advisor to identify appropriate coursework.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

Clubs

Biology Club
The Biology Club affords an opportunity for students of the biological sciences.