The Department of Biology currently offers an undergraduate major and a minor in Biology. The broadly-based requirements of the major are designed to prepare students for: (1) advanced studies in biology, biomedical sciences, environmental biology, ecology and applied ecology; (2) professional training in medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other health professions; (3) teaching of biology in secondary schools; or (4) career opportunities in research, biomedical sciences, agriculture, industry, government, and academic institutions. The department also has a graduate program leading to the Master of Science.

Students interested in completing a major or minor in Biology are strongly urged to declare the major early and seek advisement from a departmental advisor. It is particularly important that students be aware that if they complete the major in Biology, they are exempted from having to take any courses in the Natural Sciences distribution area of the General Education Program.

Note that before enrolling in any Biology courses that count toward the major or the minor, all students must have earned the following minimum scores on placement tests (or must have successfully completed equivalent coursework): a score of 6 on the reading placement test, a score of 7 on the writing placement test and a score of 30 on the math placement test. 

In addition, students should be aware that a maximum of 18 credit hours of biology courses can be accepted toward the Biology Major in transfer credits, and a maximum of 9 credit hours of transfer credits can be accepted toward the Biology Minor.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biology will meet the state-mandated biology requirements for secondary teacher certification in Biology. Students who major in Biology and Secondary Education should consult with an advisor in both Biology and in the Goodwin College of Education.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the courses offered toward the degree.

Biology, B.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Biology.

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