Biology Program

The biology degree program offers students courses in natural and physical sciences in preparation for a wide array of career opportunities.

Biological scientists study the origin, development, characteristics, and life processes of plant, microbial, and animal life and their relationships to the environment. They may conduct basic research aimed at increasing our knowledge of living organisms or applied research in medical and industrial settings.

A major in the biological sciences is recommended for students interested in pursuing further study in these and other fields:

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology
  • Forestry
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Genetics
  • Marine biology
  • High school biology teacher

The biology degree program provides an excellent foundation for studies in pre-professional fields such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary sciences.

The STEM division also offers biology courses for pre-nursing, allied health, and pre-professional majors, such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Body in Health and Disease
  • Microbiology
  • Biology for Health Professionals

Transfer and Employment Information

The biology degree program provides the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in biology. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor, the biology faculty, or the Dean of STEM for academic guidance.

Employment for those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in biology is expected to continue to increase due to the increased opportunities in biotechnology research and development. In addition, more biological scientists will be needed to conduct the ever expanding research related to health and environmental issues. 

Contact Information

Dean Pamela Pape-Lindstrom

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