Gain valuable experience by carrying out undergraduate research. Advance into top graduate programs and gain valuable skills for immediate entry into the job market or succeed in applying to medical, veterinary, pharmacy or dental school!
What Will I Learn?
Biology is a rapidly advancing field and we will prepare you to adapt to the continual shifts in new technologies and challenges to our health and planet. The biology major prepares you with a rigorous liberal arts education and a strong base in all major disciplines within biology. You will study subjects including genetics, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and ecology. The biology degree provides excellent training for anyone planning on a career in the health sciences or seeking to go on to other post-graduate education.
What is Unique About Our Program?
Dedication to Teaching and Providing Hands on Experience
Biology should not be learned just from books or staring at screens, but also from real life experience in the lab and field interacting with living systems. Most of our required core classes have associated laboratories reflecting our department’s commitment to providing you the highest quality practical training and active learning. Our facilities include extremely well-equipped molecular biology labs in our Science Complex, complete with cutting-edge tools like our DNA sequencer and PCR machine (used in forensics). We also offer a herbarium and greenhouse!
You will have the opportunity to partner with talented faculty to conduct research in high-interest areas like ecology, parasitology, botany, genetics, neurobiology, microbiology, and phage therapy, with the possibility of publication and/or presenting you results at a scientific conference.
We offer many opportunities for you to engage in your own undergraduate research and to find internships that will give you an edge entering the job market. In addition, every other year we offer our flagship research course (Bio 490) a full-time 12-credit immersive research experience in cellular biochemistry where you will learn to read the scientific literature, carry out a research project, and present your results at a scientific meeting.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
94% of 2018 our graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
If you are planning on a career in the health sciences, we offer dedicated pre-health advisement on the best strategies for making the strongest applications to medical school. We will prepare you to succeed in graduate school in areas such as molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, botany, zoology, ecology and evolution or to compete successfully for laboratory positions in biotechnology and molecular biology.
Health-Related Professions with a Future
If you enjoy biology, chemistry and laboratory work and are looking for a challenging career with excellent job opportunities, then the medical technology or cytotechnology programs may be for you. Most of our graduates have multiple job offers by the time they complete their clinical internship. For more information please visit the med-tech/cytotech program pages.