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.
Birthplace of the phage display technology
Invented by Dr. George Smith in 1985, phage-display technology is a method for the study of protein-protein, protein-peptide, and protein-DNA interactions that uses bacteriophages to connect proteins with the genetic information that encodes them. The method is now widely used in the medical biotechnology field, especially in the area of antibody/antigen interactions and drug discovery.