Major in Biology
(B.A. or B.S.)
Students interested in the biological and biomedical sciences are encouraged to earn a B.S. in biology, while students who plan to apply their knowledge of the life sciences to another discipline such as art, journalism, sales or law are encouraged to earn a B.A. in biology.
B.S. majors have the option of concentrating in environmental
studies or microbiology. Both require the completion of one additional course
as well as concentration-specific electives.
Students who concentrate in environmental studies obtain
a deeper appreciation for the complex interactions between organisms and their
environments. They not only study the diversity and evolutionary trends of
plant and animal populations, but also the human influence on these populations
and their ecosystems.
Students who concentrate in microbiology acquire a solid
foundation in the study of microorganisms - including bacteria, fungi, parasites
and viruses - and their effects on humans, plants and animals. By examining the
structures and functions of these pathogens, students gain an understanding of
how diseases are diagnosed, treated and prevented.
Double Major in Biology and
Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
Students who select a double
major in biology and secondary education complete the courses required for a
B.A. in biology. Students must also meet the requirements for secondary
Learn more about the biology major and curriculum.
- Environmental Studies