Meet Your Major

The bachelor of arts in biology curriculum is designed to offer you the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of courses offered in biology while also leaving room for a second major or minors. 

With less cognate course requirements, you can connect your biology degree to other liberal arts majors. You may pursue a minor or second major in fields such as education, business, communications, political science, environmental studies, psychology, history, sociology, philosophy and computer science.

What You’ll Learn

Biology is the core life science program. We provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education offering courses in cellular and molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, physiology, organismal biology, animal behavior, plant biology and physiology, ecology and evolution.

Hands-On Learning

Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning where you learn by doing. Opportunities include:

We also have a long-term partnership with Pfizer where our students may work alongside world class scientists who are developing innovative, cutting edge solutions to today’s problems. Students have worked in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Metabolism arm of the company and some have researched engineering cells to create purified proteins for therapeutic purposes.

Career Options

A B.A. in biology with a co-major can lead to many rewarding career paths in politics, education, communication and more. Many of our graduates are middle school and high school science teachers. Other graduates are science writers and journalists in the public and private sectors, technical sales representatives in the biotech and pharma industries, and directors and advisors to public and private environmental agencies and community advocacy groups.

Students should note that, unlike the B.S. program, the B.A. program does not, by itself, fulfill medical school requirements.

What You’ll Take 

Core Courses (complete all four)

BIO 1027 Principles of Biology I
BIO 1028 Principles of Biology II
BIO 2010 Ecology
BIO 2018 Genetics

Note: Students entering the major after having taken BIO 1025 may substitute that course for BIO 1027. 

Curriculum Concentrations (choose one track from among A, B and C)

Choosing a curriculum concentration is not required. Instead, you may take a minimum of any five upper level courses based on your interests.

Area A: Concentration in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biotechnology

BIO 3037 Cellular Biochemistry
BIO 3038 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
BIO 3040 Cell Biology
BIO Elective
BIO Elective


Area B: Concentration in Integrative Biology
(Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental)

This is an option for you if you are interested in working in the medical field, including, but not limited to, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. These careers increasingly demand an integrated understanding of anatomy and physiology with molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, genomics and biochemistry.

LEARN MORE: PRE-MED, PRE-VET AND PRE-DENTAL

Accordingly, the coursework in our Integrative Biology concentration provides you with a strong foundation in these areas. Please consult with our Health Professions Adviser to plan upper level coursework that will satisfy the prerequisites for graduate programs of interest. 

BIO 3037 Cellular Biochemistry
BIO 3040 Cell Biology
BIO 3050  Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO Elective
BIO Elective  


Area C: Concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

BIO 3072 Evolution
BIO Elective
BIO Elective


Plus, choose two from the following:

BIO 3060 Plant Biology
BIO 3061  Plant Physiology
BIO 3063  Animal Behavior 
BIO 3064 Marine Biology
BIO 3071 Conservation and Restoration Biology 
BIO 3075 Aquatic and Coastal Zone Ecology 


Customized Course Options

If you opt not to choose a concentration area, you may select a minimum of any five upper level courses in consultation with your advisor.

Biology Electives
You can choose from the following upper-level course selections based on your interests and career path. If you choose not to pursue a concentration in Area A, B or C concentrations, any five of the courses listed can be crafted into a course of study.

BIO 3012 Immunology
BIO 3031  Embryonic Development
BIO 3037 Cellular Biochemistry 
BIO 3038 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
BIO 3040 Cell Biology 
BIO 3045  Microbiology
BIO 3050 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 3051  Comparative Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 3061   Plant Physiology 
BIO 3063 Animal Behavior
BIO 3064 Marine Biology
BIO 3071 Conservation and Restoration Biology
BIO 3072 Evolution
BIO 3075  Aquatic and Coastal Zone Ecology
BIO 4081  Special Topics Seminar in Biology  


Additional Course
You may also take one of the three following courses as one of the five upper level courses for the biology major:

BIO 4092 Directed Study/Research I
BIO 4095 Biology Internship 
BIO 4096 Directed Study/Research II 


Health Science Courses
If you are required to take two semesters of human anatomy and physiology through the School of Health Sciences, please take the following:

HSC 1122 Anatomy and Physiology I with Integrated Lab
HSC 1123 Anatomy and Physiology II with Integrated Lab

Note: As part of your course preparation for professional schools, completing both semesters will satisfy one of the five upper electives courses for the biology major.

Cognate Requirements

CHM 1110
CHM 2210

General Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I

OR

 

CHM 1210
CHM 1220

Chemistry for the Health Professions I
Chemistry for the Health Professions II 

PLUS

 

MTH 1016

Precalculus 

AND 
(select one)

 

CHM 2220

Organic II

PHY 2201

General Physics I

PHY 2211

Physics I