The degrees offered in the biological sciences are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers as scientists, educators, professionals, and global citizens. The department currently offers two baccalaureate programs (BA in Biology, BS in Biological Sciences, each with associated emphases). We also offer individual courses satisfying the requirements for general education and special interest courses in environmental studies, education, and health science.


The Bachelor of Arts in Biology program is designed for students who seek a broad exposure to the biological sciences, yet also want the flexibility to pursue a secondary course of study like education or business. Students in the BA program can emphasize in health Science, Education, or Biodiversity. Whichever route you choose, you’ll leave the program with strong foundational knowledge of biological concepts, ethical issues related to biology, and research methods.


The Bachelor of Science in Biology program emphasizes rigorous, cross-disciplinary education in the physical sciences. Coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in biotechnology, medicine, science-based research, various health professions, chemical and molecular disciplines, and advanced graduate studies. Students in the BS program can emphasize in Research & Technology, Health & Medicine, or Chemistry. Students interested in traditional Pre-Medicine track are encouraged to pursue the BS in Biology option with the Health & Medicine emphasis.


The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science provides an excellent academic foundation for students choosing to pursue graduate and professional degrees in a wide array of health careers, such as exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine and athletic training. Because these fields require post-baccalaureate degrees, students will need to take additional prerequisites that apply to their field of interest. Students who choose not to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree can pursue a career as a personal trainer, wellness coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, or in corporate wellness.