Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.S.)


Students who complete a B.S. degree in Biology will be able to…

1. Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts and principles in genetics, cell biology and evolution.
2. Appreciate the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems.
3. Explain the importance of evolution through natural selection for understanding structural and functional diversity in biology.
4. Interpret and critically analyze observational and experimental data to solve problems and investigate biological phenomena.
5. Explain the importance of the scientific method for understanding biological phenomena.
6. Communicate scientific data and ideas effectively.

As outlined in these Learning Objectives, the BS degree program provides intensive study in the biological sciences. It is designed primarily for students who plan to pursue largely technical careers in the biological sciences immediately after graduation. Completion of the BS degree does not necessarily confer a competitive advantage for students when applying to either medical or graduate programs. In addition, the significantly greater number of science courses required for the BS degree makes it extremely difficult for students to pursue a double major or a minor in another discipline.

Advances in the field of biology, together with the recent and continuing recruitment of new faculty members to the Department of Biology, prompted a departmental review and subsequent revision of Biology major program requirements. The new BS curricular requirements will be in effect for students who complete Biology BA major declarations as of August 1, 2015.  Students who completed Biology BA or BS major declarations prior to August 1, 2015 will continue to fulfill the BS degree requirements that were in effect prior to that date.

For a summary of the Biology BS major requirements prior to August 1, 2015, click here.

For a summary of the Biology BS major requirements as of August 1, 2015, click here.