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Biology is the study of living organisms. It is a broad-based science, one that has areas of specialization for almost anyone interested in science. From the structure and function of molecules and the remarkable interaction of plants and animals within their environment to animal behavior and toxicology, Biology is an excellent major to pursue if you have an inquisitive mind, are interested in science and enjoy hard work. Biologists use mathematics and their knowledge of physical and chemical sciences as tools to study living things. They routinely work cooperatively and need to possess good communication skills to present their ideas to others.
The Department of Biological Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology. The B.A. in Biology is intended for students who have an interest in science, particularly biology, and wish to integrate the sciences more fully into the arts and humanities curriculum.
The B.A. in Biology has a core set of courses that all majors take. Students can also select one of two concentrations in the major to focus their studies on particular aspects of the broad field of biology that are interesting to them, or of importance in preparing them for a particular career.
The core courses include two semesters of introductory biology with one lab, three semesters of chemistry with labs, biostatistics, trigonometry and a course in ethics.
The B.A. in Biology is intended for students who are interested in biological sciences and interdisciplinary studies but may not plan to attend medical or dental school. The B.A. in Biology is a good major for a variety of other health professions or those who want a versatile university degree in preparation for the many other careers related to Biology. Visit our Careers in Biology page to learn more.