Department of Biology

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The Department of Biology provides opportunities for a superior biological education at the BS and MS levels, contributes to knowledge through research and scholarship, and graduates well-educated student citizens.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BS in Biology (General, Ecology, and Physiology and Behavior)
    Concentrations
    General Biology Concentration – Provides the most flexibility in upper-level course selection. This is the recommended concentration for pre-med students.

    Physiology and Behavior Concentration – Requires Animal Physiology and Animal Behavior at the upper level, and allows students maximum focus on animal/human topics. This is the recommended concentration for all pre-professional students except for pre-med (e.g., pre-vet, pre-PA, pre-PT, pre-Dental).

    Ecology Concentration – Upper-level course work focuses on ecology-related topics.
  • BS in Biotechnology
  • Minor in Biology
  • MS in Biology
  • MS in Biotechnology
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-professional Program
Students majoring in biology or biotechnology may continue their education in professional schools (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, physician’s assistant, and physical therapy) schools, graduate schools (MS or PhD) in a variety of fields (e.g., animal physiology, molecular biology, botany, biochemistry, genetics, behavior genetics, ecology, microbiology, and neuroscience), or certification programs (e.g., medical technologist, ultrasound technician, and respiratory therapist) . Graduates can also directly obtain employment in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical industries, food and cosmetic industries, hospitals and clinical environments, university and government laboratories, federal, state, and local government agencies, and environmental firms. Some examples of positions include research and development, quality control, assessment and testing, research technicians and laboratory assistants, naturalists, park rangers, and positions in sales and administration. There are also many career opportunities in K-12 teaching.
Links to the University Course Catalog:

BS in Biology–concentrations in:
General
Ecology
Physiology and Behavior

BS in Biotechnology

Minor in Biology

MS in Biology
MS in Biotechnology
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Department Spotlight

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Julia Macdonald '17 Located and tracked a declining population of bats in the woods of High Mountain Park Preserve for her honors thesis, which was presented at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference.