The thread that ties our majors together is a passion for the study of life. Biologists, geneticists, microbiologists and zoologists all share this passion, applying scientific methods and creativity to work that satisfies their own curiosity and solves challenges that affect all of society.
By majoring in one of the biological sciences, you’ll take the first step toward joining in the search for solutions. As a student in one of our undergraduate degree or minor programs, you’ll work with our internationally recognized faculty experts to gain a deep understanding of your chosen field. Our interdisciplinary approach to the biological sciences ensures that you’ll also develop a broad familiarity with fundamentals of related areas.
It all adds up to an educational experience that will equip you well for the future, whether your bachelor’s degree is a springboard to advanced study or the first step to a successful career in industry.
Majors and Minors
Biological Sciences (BS)
Whether you want a broad understanding of biological basics or a deep grasp of ecology, human biology or other topics, one of our five BS curricula can meet your needs.
Biological Sciences (BA)
The bachelor of arts in biology, our newest degree option, offers an interdisciplinary curriculum for students who plan to pursue extensive study outside the life sciences.
Our hands-on approach to the study of genetics will set you on a path toward a health-related graduate program or a career in research or the biotech or biopharmaceutical industry.
The following Guidelines were developed by the University Honors Council and endorsed by the College Curriculum Committees and the University Courses and Curricula Committee and approved by the Provost in September 1990.
Our four microbiology curricular options cover the full spectrum of topics related to the role of microorganisms in complex biological systems.
Our unique zoology degree program offers a broad education in the study of animals, from the cellular level to the level of ecosystems.
With four minors in the life sciences, our department offers a route to enhance your major studies in other fields by giving you a foundation in the study of life.