This option is designed for students preparing to do graduate work in any area of
the laboratory life sciences or to seek full-time employment. There is high demand
for graduates with laboratory research training in the public and private sectors.
Required and supporting courses provide the background that is essential for admission
into life sciences graduate programs or for employment in biotechnology.
The Department of Biology has numerous research and teaching labs that provide excellent
opportunities for active experiences. Faculty advisors in this area are active in
research programs and readily involve students in their research programs.
Biology students will…
- Meet their advisor each semester to assess their progress towards their post-graduation
- Take a core of courses that prepares them for any area of biology.
- Take rigorous coursework in general microbiology, laboratory methods in biotechnology,
and molecular genetics
- Select additional courses and electives in virology, immunology, investigative molecular
biology, epidemiology, physiology, bioinformatics, health physics, and toxicology.
- Complete 80 hours for 2 credit hours of experiential learning in labs on-campus or
- Complete additional coursework in chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics to make
them competitive for admission to graduate programs.
- Attend classes in the newly renovated Magill Hall furnished with modern equipment.