Biology Major

A doctor, a state wildlife manager, and a high school biology teacher are all applied scientists and initially trained as scientists. While “science” includes what we already know, we think it is even more about what we do and how we do it. In that light, we designed the Biology Major curriculum first to help students to explore the diversity of life and how life works, and to discover how the scientific approach provides reliable, trustworthy explanations. In the first four semesters, you will choose three of 6-8 courses from genes to ecosystems. Next, you will focus on courses geared toward your career goals by choosing courses in one of three tracks: Biomedical and Pre-professional, Ecology and Wildlife Biology, or Secondary Education. Finally, the biology faculty will help you to do the science—in a research project, internship or by shadowing a professional in the workplace.

Degree Outcomes

Professional School for Medical, Veterinary, Dental, Pharmacy.

Graduate Studies in Genetics, Fisheries, Plant Science, Agricultural Entomology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Ecology and Physiology. 

Careers as State or Federal Wildlife Biologist, Hospital or Veterinary Laboratory Technician, Winery/Brewery or Microbiologist.

Example Courses

  • BIO 1783: Virus Hunters
    Students learn to isolate bacteriophages from soil samples and identify new species with genetic techniques.
  • BIO 2034: Animal Diversity and Evolution
    Students learn how animals originated and to capture and identify local species.
  • BIO 4044: Field Ecology
    Students learn techniques for studying populations, communities and ecosystems. They conduct their own original hands experiments and present their finding to their peers.
View course catalog for all program courses and degree requirements.

Biology Major Faculty

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