|Scott Mateer, Interim Department Head
|Jennifer Brofft Bailey
The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Science degree with the choice of three tracks. All three tracks share a strong foundation in biology and chemistry. The General Biology Track is designed to provide broad exposure to all areas of biology. The Marine Biology Track focuses on the biology of the ocean and its estuaries, and the Cell/Molecular Track provides additional depth in chemistry, physics and cellular/molecular biology. In all three tracks there is flexibility that allows students to tailor the major to fit their educational or vocational interests. The Biology major is appropriate for students seeking to enter careers in field biology, laboratory research, or teaching, as well as preparation for graduate school, medical school, dental school, veterinary school, physician assistant school, anesthesiology assistant school or physical therapy school. By careful choice of electives, it is possible to secure double majors (with chemistry, for example). However, additional credit hours may be needed to complete double majors. Departmental advisors are available to provide information and assistance on all aspects of the bachelor’s degree in biology, with the requirements for graduate or professional schools, and with career goals.
Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental/Pre-Veterinary. Students majoring in biology may concurrently complete all pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary requirements.
Biology Honors. Students performing independent biological research and submitting acceptable oral and written reports to a departmental committee may be eligible to graduate with departmental honors.
To qualify for this honor, students must have at the time of application: 80-100 semester hours of course work; a minimum college grade point average of 3.3; a minimum biology grade point average of 3.5 with no grade lower than C; and three or more 3000-4000 level courses completed.
The committee will consist of three biology faculty members, and may also include a biologist from outside the university. The committee will examine student proposals before projects are undertaken and will evaluate the completed projects.
ProgramsMinorBachelor of Science