Biology is a broad field centered on the study of living organisms and processes. Many undergraduates majoring in Biological Sciences have pre-professional aspirations, leading to medical or graduate school. Others seek a variety of career opportunities in industry, government service, or education. Upper-division coursework includes investigative laboratory courses and personalized honors program featuring individualized research projects with faculty mentors that provide an excellent foundation for either advanced study or direct entry into the workplace. The curriculum emphasizes the excitement of discovery and the development of individual creativity and critical reasoning skills.
Students may receive either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biological sciences. We also offer a minor in biological sciences for students majoring in other departments.
First artificial chromosomes in plants
Developed by Dr. James Birchler, these engineered mini-chromosomes can be designed to specification, with the potential of genes or entire biochemical pathways added or removed as needed. In addition to shedding light on the behavior of chromosomes, artificial chromosomes also have potential applications in agriculture, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry.