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Biology (BA)

About the Biology Bachelor Degree 

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology program provides students with a broad foundation in biological sciences. Students gain exposure to diverse fields of biology, from cellular levels - including microbiology, cell biology, and genetics - to organismal levels, such as ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. Additionally, this program prepares students for employment across many fields that intersect with biology, by developing students’ public speaking, oral presentation, debate, and laboratory technical skills, as well as honing their scientific reading, writing, and abilities to critically evaluate primary scientific literature.

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Learning Outcomes

This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies and the ability to:

  • Describe biological concepts at all levels, from cellular to organismal, and across diverse fields.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of biological research from data acquisition to interpretation.
  • Demonstrate laboratory technique and protocol understanding and proficiency.
  • Demonstrate data analysis and interpretation.
  • Discuss complex bioethical issues and principles across medical and scientific communities.
  • Analyze findings in primary scientific literature.
  • Describe biological innovations within societal context, understand current research, and anticipate future discoveries.
  • Demonstrate public speaking, debate, and oral presentation skills regarding scientific concepts.
  • Evaluate science described in the media or primary literature and form individual opinions
Biology Career Track

Graduates of the Biology degree can obtain traditional laboratory technician jobs in clinical, academic, or industrial research laboratories. The Biology degree also prepares its graduates for jobs in numerous other settings, including: pharmaceutical positions such as sales or research; science outreach in museums, zoological parks, marine laboratories or educational organizations; medical equipment sales; science writing in textbook, research, or other scientific organizations and publication platforms; patent law; and forensic analysis. In addition, graduates may pursue post-bachelor certifications for zoology and animal care; secondary education; as well as graduate, medical, dental, physical therapy, or veterinary training and other advanced degrees. 

Biology Program Requirements

First Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CS101 Computer Concepts & Applications   3
EN101 English I 3  
EN102 English II   3
IS105 Common Experience 1  
MA107 College Algebra or MA 117 Finite Math1 3  
MA121 Basic Statistics    3
SC133 Principles of Chemistry I 4  
SC134 Principles of Chemistry II   4
SC210 Public Health & Epidemiology   3
  Humanities Elective 3  
  Free Elective2 3  
  Total Credits 17 16

MA191 or MA192 can be substituted

2 If a student did not have adequate Biology in high school SC103 will be used as an elective. 

Second Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
EN201 Intermediate Writing  3  
IS220 Preparation for Careers & Life after College   3
MA221 Statistical Data Analysis 3  
SC120 General Biology I 4  
SC214 General Biology II   4
SC225 Introduction to Biotechnology    3
  Biology Program Elective 3  
  Social Sciences Elective   3
  Free Electives  3 3
  Total Credits 16 16


Third Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
SC213 Microbiology   4
SC312 Cell and Molecular Biology 4  
SC314 Genetics    4
  Biology Program Elective 3  
  Biology Program Elective (300/400 level) 3 4
  Free Elective   3
  Humanities Elective 3  
  Social Science Elective 3  
  Total Credits 16 15

Fourth Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
SC313 Fundamentals of Biochemistry   4
SC402 Evolutionary Biology   3
SC450 Senior Seminar 3  
SC460 Internship (Biology Focus) 3  
  Experiential Learning1   3
  Biology Program Elective 3  
  Humanities Elective (300/400 level)   3
  Social Sciences Elective (300/400 level) 3  
  Free Elective 3 3
  Total Credits 15 16

1 May be fulfilled by SC461, IS317/IS318 or a program director-approved research project.