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.
Above average in time to complete a doctorate degree
Median years required to complete a doctorate in the Division of Biological Sciences is 5.4 years, well below the national average of 6.9 years in the life sciences (March 2010; Council of Graduate Schools).