Biology Degrees and Areas of Study

Biology Majors

The Biology Department offers a broad-based curriculum with the opportunity for undergraduates to explore specific areas of biology in greater depth through upper-division courses. The department offers both BA and BS degree programs, and students can choose to pursue areas of emphasis in Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology, Secondary Education, or Marine Biology. We also have developed several interdisciplinary majors in conjunction with Anthropology, Biochemistry, Mathematics and Psychology departments.

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Biology Majors

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BA Biology


This degree program offers various options for upper-level coursework.

BS Biology – Molecular and Cell Emphasis

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This major focuses on the biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics and genomics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms.

BS Biology – Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology Emphasis

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The structure, function, ecology and evolution of organisms, with an emphasis on plants and animals

BS Biology – General Emphasis

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This degree program allows students to develop an upper-division curriculum with the help of their faculty advisor.

BS Biology – Marine Emphasis

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The structure and function of marine organisms and their relationship with the environment

BS Biology – Secondary Teaching Emphasis

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A broad biology curriculum that prepares students for a teaching endorsement in Biology. Must be accompanied by a teacher preparation program.

Biology Majors

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BA Biology/Anthropology


Human biology focus that includes behavioral science for students who want to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees in research or applied health

BS Biology/Anthropology

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BS Biology/Mathematics

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Combined major brings together a core knowledge of biology with linear algebra, advanced calculus, and methods of computer programming and mathematical modeling


Biology Minor

Current Policy: Students must be eligible for Phase II status before they may declare a minor in biology. Admission to Phase II requires that a student have a minimum gpa of 2.9 in the introductory chemistry and biology courses (CHEM 161, 162, 163 and BIOL 204, 205 and 206).

New Policy: Information on admission to the Biology Minor

Minor Requirements