The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a foundation in several different fields of science by integrating chemistry, mathematics and concepts of physics into the course curriculum. The major is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences and attending graduate school, and those who want a strong, broad-based degree in the natural sciences.

The study of biology increases your awareness and appreciation of the natural world, enhances your problem-solving abilities, introduces you to the practice of the scientific method, and forms the foundation for an array of challenging and rewarding careers.

Students in the biology program can focus in one of several areas depending on their interest, including molecular and cellular biology leading to careers involving biotechnology, ecology and organismal biology. Students interested in careers in the pre-health professions (i.e., dental, medical, podiatry, chiropractic, veterinary) are encouraged to consider the pre-medical area of study or a double major in health science or human-animal studies. Students interested in careers in physical therapy are encouraged to add the pre-physical therapy area of study.

We also offer a minor in biology, a major in health science for students interested in attending medical school or other healthcare professional schools, and a major in human-animal studies for students interested in entering a variety of expanding animal-related fields.

Program Overview

To earn an undergraduate degree in biology, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and science courses.

Bachelor of Science in Biology 

  • 20 semester hours of required biology courses
  • 12 semester hours of selected courses
  • 8 hours of required courses in chemistry courses
  • 80 semester hours of general education, elective and secondary major courses

The minor in biology includes:

  • 20 semester hours, including eight semester hours in required biology courses and 12 semester hours must be at the 2000-level or above. Students are welcome to take internship, independent study and research project courses, but they cannot be counted toward the minor.