Programs in the Department of Biology are designed to help prepare students for graduate school and careers in biology education, health care, and biotechnology. For each of these careers there is a need to understand the explanatory principles of biology and basic methods of biological investigation. The combination of core and elective courses facilitates the preparation of students entering post-baccalaureate degree programs or the job market.
Students may choose the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an area of emphasis in (1) Liberal Arts ; (2) Pre-Professional ; or (3) Pre-Physical Therapy . Students may also choose a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
The pre-professional area of emphasis is designed for students planning on going to medical school, veterinary school, or pursuing a career in another health related area and for students interested in graduate school or other pre-professional programs. The liberal arts area of emphasis is designed for students who are interested in field-oriented biology, such as natural history, fish and game, national and state parks and refuges, etc., or in other areas with more emphasis on organismal biology. Students successfully completing the program will be prepared for graduate studies in molecular biology and genetics, forensic science, or employment as a research technician.
A minor field in biology is available for students who are majoring in other disciplines.
A student must earn a grade point average of 2.00 (C) in all courses required for the major or minor. Other courses taken in the Department will be included in the average. The teaching certification in biology requires a 2.50 grade point average.