Our degree programs are designed to meet the requirements for graduate study, for professional schools, for a teaching career in biology, or for working in industrial or governmental positions, with options to meet a range of needs and interests. All majors in the College of Arts and Sciences complete at least 124 total credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Biology Majors

This degree, designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study in biology and careers in the life sciences, offers rigorous training and provides excellent preparation in all major areas of the discipline. It does not require the student to have any minor or second major. Degree Requirements »
Students pursuing this degree must declare one of the following:
  • A second major in a non-science discipline;
  • The 32-credit complementary major in environmental science;
  • A disciplinary science minor (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology); or
  • A minor in fundamentals of business, business administration, applied statistics, engineering, or geographic information systems.

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Designed to fulfill teaching licensure requirements, this degree requires a second major in secondary education. Degree Requirements »
This degree, designed for students who pursue a second major in a scientific discipline (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology), is a popular choice among students who plan to pursue careers in the health professions. Degree Requirements »
This degree offers a broad background in basic biology to students pursuing a second major or minor in any discipline. Degree Requirements »
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Research Intensive Concentration

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Bachelor of Science students who are interested in pursuing graduate study may qualify for this highly selective program. In addition to the standard 32-hour major, it requires BIO 195: Introduction to Biological Research. Students achieve and maintain a GPA of 3.0, both in the major and overall, to qualify for, and remain in, the program.

Biology Minors

The department offers two minors, each requiring 16 credits in biology: