At Indiana University Kokomo, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in Biology centers on a traditional core that includes cell biology, genetics, morphology, physiology, plant science, microbiology, and immunology. Additional courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics round out the basic program. But good scientists also need to be exposed to other fields of knowledge—to the arts, the social sciences, and humanities. That's why our biology curriculum also includes course requirements in subject areas such as history, English, sociology, psychology, mathematics, and information sciences. To graduate, you'll need a minimum of 120 credit hours, which includes a mix of required biology courses, general education courses, and electives.
If you're planning to enter graduate school or a professional school after earning a bachelor's degree, you'll want to inquire about IU Kokomo's pre-professional tracks in biology, pre-medicine, and pre-dentistry. Graduates who have followed these tracks have been accepted into advanced programs in medical, dental, optometry, and chiropractic schools throughout the country. Biology is a great path to a professional career in medicine and IU Kokomo will help you get there!
If you're interested in becoming a science educator, IU Kokomo offers a program that enables you to earn a biology degree and become certified to teach biology at the secondary school level.
The degree requirements for the B.S. in Biology includes 120 credits with a GPA of at least 2.0. 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at IU Kokomo. In addition to courses required for the campus-wide general education curriculum, students must take courses in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and informatics. The following courses must be taken and appropriate prerequisites must be met as listed in the Academic Bulletin. Completion of this degree will meet the basic admission requirements for the IU School of Medicine M.D. program.
What kind of job can I get with this degree?
As a general rule, a college major does not prepare you for one specific job. Instead, it allows you to develop skills and abilities in your area of interest that can be applied to a broad range of occupations in that field. Graduates can work for a variety of employers such as pharmaceutical/biotechnological companies, chemical companies, information technology firms, and analytical laboratories. Alternatively, they can go to graduate schools to become researchers or to professional schools, such as dentistry, medicine, optometry, to name a few.