Biology General Program (BS)
Biology is the study of the organization and operation of life at cellular, organismal, and population levels. An understanding of biology leads to an appreciation of the complexity of the world of life and the role that human beings have within it. The department provides courses in biology that serve the needs of the general student as well as those specializing in the field. Students who concentrate in biology can design their programs to be the focus of a broad and liberal education, to prepare for graduate studies in a sub-discipline, to become certified as a secondary biology teacher, or to obtain pre-professional training in medicine, dentistry, and other health-related fields.
The Bachelor of Science Program is the program selected by most biology majors. This program is designed to prepare students for a number of potential careers for entry-level employment or graduate and professional training in some sub-discipline of biology. The five core biology courses in the Bachelor of Science program provide a wide breadth of preparation for more advanced coursework chosen by students to meet their individual needs and interests.
The Bachelor of Science Program in General Biology is selected by most biology majors. This program is designed to provide a wide breadth of preparation in biology along with the greatest degree of student choice in selecting their upper-level courses. Like all of the Bachelor of Science programs in biology, this program requires at least pre-calculus mathematics (MTH 120), a year of physics (PHY 143 & 145), the freshman CHM 160 series, six to eight additional credits (depending on program) of higher-level chemistry, plus a foundational set of five, core-biology courses: Organismal Biology (BIO 111); Principles of Biology (BIO 113); Cell Biology (BIO 326); Ecology (BIO 327); and Genetics (BIO 328). Then, with the aid of an advisor, the student may select from a wide range of biology courses meet their own individual interests and career goals.