DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: BIOLOGY
The Department of Biology offers a broad-based curriculum that prepares majors for a variety of careers in the biological and health sciences. Majors will have a strong background in the concepts of modern biology from the level of the molecule to the ecosystem. This background is further strengthened by courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Because of the diveristy of goals of biology majors, both the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degrees are offered. The B.A. is recommended primarily for students who plan to enter fields in which graduate work in biology will not be required. The B.S. degree is recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate study in biology or careers in the health professions. All students enrolled in Biology courses must earn a grade of C or better in a prerequisite course to advance to the next course in the sequence. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as a minimum GPA of 2.75 in Biology.
Counselors will direct students toward the program most appropriate for their goals. The major is designed to prepare students to enter teaching or to conitnue on to graduate school or professional schools in dentistry, medicine, podiatry, veterinary medicine or other specialties. The minimum composite ACT for consideration for entry into professional programs is 23 (24 for the Dual
Admission Program for Pharmacy plus being ranked in the upper 25% of the graduating class), and for transfer students the minimum cumulative GPA is 3.25 as well as a minimum GPA of 3.25 in Biology.