Biology is the science that studies life. Fields range from cell biology and genetics to evolution, plant science, and ecology. The AA in Biology will provide students with a beginning understanding of biology, allow them to analyze biological data, demonstrate a range of biological skills, and provide them with the foundation for further education in the Biological Sciences.
The B.S. in Biology degree provides acknowledgment to the stronger background in science and math and will better prepare students for research-oriented careers as professional biologists and medical professionals. The degree may also serve as a terminal degree for a variety of biology professions.
The liberal arts track and biology core curriculum expose the student to major subject areas in biology while providing considerable flexibility for each student. For example, minimal mathematics and chemistry requirements allow students to develop minor subject areas or a second major in another science area or in an outside field such as education, journalism, or business. This degree is suitable for students who may apply for admission into law school or for those who seek employment in business, environmental studies, teaching, or industry. The B.A. liberal arts degree described above will not automatically fulfill requirements for entrance into medical, dental, optometry, medical technology, other allied health programs, or most graduate school programs. Students desiring eventual admission into a professional program or laboratory related fields should follow the B.S. in Biology degree program.
The Biology Departments offers three minors in Biological Sciences. Both the Microbiology Minor and the Plant Science Minor are options for majors and non-majors. The Biology Minor may be completed by non-biology majors only.
This program is recommended for pre-professional students such as pre-medical and pre-dental students who have a strong interest in both biology and chemistry.
This 25 credit hour program prepares science majors or graduates for employment in the environmental field. It provides skills such as field collecting, water sampling, report and scientific writing, soil sampling, regulatory policies, chemical and analytical methods, and research methods. Students must be in a degree program in the natural sciences including biology, chemistry, geoscience, or physics OR having completed a BA or BS degree. Once admitted, the student should remediate any prerequisites (listed below). Some of these can be taken simultaneously with the required courses.