Programs of Study


The Department of Biological Sciences offers many programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Besides our most popular biology option, we offer options in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, and Ecology as well as pre-med support.

Degree Requirements

Degree Pathways (Curriculum Checksheets)

The curriculum is designed to impart the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking needed for a successful career in modern biology and related fields. The department also offers a program for those interested in a Biological Sciences Minor.

Students selecting the Biology Option may tailor their undergraduate program to meet the requirements for employment after earning their B.S. degree, or to continue their education in a graduate or professional school. Their training in biological sciences is integrated with that obtained from courses in related areas such as: chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Those interested may also elect selected courses in engineering and psychology. Electives in biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, environmental biology, immunobiology, and molecular biology are available to third and fourth year students. Eligible seniors are encouraged to conduct an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member.

The results of many student research projects have been published in scientific journals.

Regardless of the option chosen, all students are given every opportunity to gain valuable hands-on technical training with specialized contemporary techniques such as: electron microscopy, recombinant DNA technology, cell culture, computer applications, and a spectrum of tools widely used in biochemistry.

Pre-Med / Pre-Health Professional Training

Curricula in the Department of Biological Sciences satisfy entrance requirements for schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatry, and chiropractic. Students who anticipate application to professional schools should register as soon as possible with the pre-health professional advisor who, along with a university-wide committee, will counsel them and provide important guidance with respect to the admissions process. (We now offer the Kaplan MCAT preparation course right here on campus, with a 10% discount for our students!)

If you have specific questions regarding pre-med or pre-health areas, contact: David T. Eberiel, Ph.D. our Pre-Med / Pre-Health Advisor. You can also visit the Pre-Health Professions website.