The biology curriculum is based on the premise that a biologist, regardless of professional goals, must demonstrate a high degree of competence in several areas of biology. These areas include anatomy, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology and taxonomy. In order to achieve maximum benefits from these areas, a thorough knowledge of chemistry, physics, and mathematics is imperative.
Whether a student plans to complete a liberal arts degree and enter graduate school, teach, attend a professional school, or otherwise pursue a career in biology, the same basic Biology curriculum is followed. Science teaching majors also may have primary or supporting areas in biology or a minor in biology.
Curricula, which have proven to be highly successful, are also offered in Science Teaching, pre-medical technology, pre-medicine,
pre-dentistry, pre-osteopathy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician's assistant, pre-veterinary
science, pre-physical therapy, pre-chiropractic, pre-podiatry, pre-optometry,
and pre-forestry. Students interested in these pre-professional curricula
should contact the chairman, Department of Biology, for complete details.
The biology program offers one general curriculum for the B.S. or the B.A. degree. Candidates for either degree must successfully complete the University requirements of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit including 50 hours of University Core Curriculum course work and the requirements of the biology department. The B.A. degree in biology is granted upon completion of twelve hours of a single foreign language, in addition to the requirements for the B.S. degree. A minor is not required for either the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology.
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