Undergraduate Programs

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The biological sciences curriculum helps students develop an understanding of principles governing biological processes that span a continuum from molecules and cells to organisms and ecosystems. In addition to conveying fundamental scientific knowledge, our curriculum aims:

  1. To provide opportunities for students to understand and use the process of scientific inquiry
  2. To promote development of students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and
  3. To help students gain the background essential for making informed decisions about issues that relate to science, technology, and the environment

Majors are educated in the biological sciences by means of formal course work, laboratory and field research projects, volunteer experiences, as teaching assistants in some of the biology laboratory classes, and through individual studies guided by biology professors.

The biological sciences major provides a foundation for advanced study of biology at the graduate level, for further training in such areas as the health professions, environmental science, law, biomedical ethics, genetic counseling, journalism, and public health, for teaching middle and/or high school biology, and for a wide array of career opportunities.