Biology majors may elect to take a broad spectrum of courses covering the major areas of biology: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, physiology, and ecology and evolutionary biology, possibly combined with a minor according to the student's interests. This curriculum prepares students for the advanced Graduate Record Examination in Biology, a prerequisite for admission to many graduate programs in biology. In addition to entering graduate school, students graduating with a bachelors of science in biology are employed as laboratory technologists in academic and industrial settings, sales representatives for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, scientific illustrators, and technical writers.
Students must take an additional six (6) biology electives (one of these courses must focus on plants and one on animals):
One (1) course from Group A
One (1) course from Group B
One (1) from the following Group C courses:
BIOL 234 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology*
BIOL 272 Human Anatomy & Physiology: Cellular and Organ Systems*
BIOL 333 Principles of Human Physiology*
BIOL 451 Plant Physiology
* Only one of these courses may be taken in order to receive Biology credit.
One (1) from the following Group D courses:
BIOL 348 Ecology
BIOL 457 Quantitative Plant Ecology
Two (2) additional courses from Group A-E
For students who plan to attend graduate school, it is recommended that they take CHEM 301 Biochemistry and PHYS 201 Introductory Physics, or elect a more in-depth study of physics by taking PHYS 211 Principles of Physics I and PHYS 212 Principles of Physics II. (Note: MATH 219 Calculus I is a pre-requisite for Principles of Physics I.)