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Biology majors are part of the Science department community. Photos of all majors are displayed in the faculty office block. Our small class sizes (24 students maximum in lectures and labs) ensure that students get to know one another and their professors. Our professors put an emphasis on active learning in order to ensure student engagement and success. Lab assistant and tutoring opportunities allow students to contribute to the department and continue to build relationships with the faculty. The Tetra Delta Science Club is actively involved in promoting career preparation, community service, and social activities. Tetra Delta also hosts a weekly Study Night that science students can attend to gain additional help with their coursework.
The Biology major prepares students for graduate programs in the sciences and health sciences. Elective coursework includes Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Immunology, Biology of Aging, and Human Gross Anatomy, which occurs in our human cadaver lab. Relevant research and critical thinking skills are built throughout the curriculum, exposing students in introductory courses to key skills that are honed as they continue in their studies. Molecular biology techniques, including DNA and protein analysis, are emphasized. In Cell Biology students learn cell culture technique and then apply it to self-directed mini-research projects. All Biology B.A. majors have the opportunity to do research under the direction of Science faculty.
Faculty-driven research projects are currently focused on tissue engineering, neuroscience, liver cancer, and the human microbiome.
Our recent alumni are in Ph.D. graduate programs, dental school, medical school, pharmacy school, masters programs in physician assistant studies, genetic counseling, nursing, and biology, and research positions in industry.
Majoring in Biology involves the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, reproduction and behavior. How are genes mapped? How can nanotechnologies be made biocompatible? How are we to make ethical choices in the context of scientific progress? You’ll sharpen your analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication and laboratory skills as you take 39 to 40 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Biology majors develop a strong foundation in biology by exploring cell biology, genetics, chemistry, molecular biology, evolutionary theory, scientific methodology, research techniques and more. The coursework encourages students to sharpen their analytical, problem-solving, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, communication, and laboratory skills. Students have the opportunity to gain relevant research experience on campus and develop mentoring relationships with full-time faculty who are experienced in cutting-edge research. A human cadaver laboratory is available to supplement the learning experience for those students interested in the healthcare field.
View Biology required courses on our academic catalog website.
You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, in activities such as working as a laboratory assistant, participating in the Tetra Delta science club, tutoring other biology students and completing internships. And because we design our biology program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a medical professional, pharmacist, laboratory researcher, genetic counselor, science teacher, environmentalist or other professional in a biology-related field. Additional education may be required for some careers listed.