Department of Biology

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Programs

Undergraduate

You can choose biology: biodiversity, ecology, and evolution (BEE), biomedical sciences, biotechnology, and life science teaching specializations for your bachelor of science degree. You will build a strong foundation in biology, and be encouraged to take part in primary research in ongoing laboratory and field projects.

Start with our biology placement test.

An academic adviser will help you take pre-requisites and courses on the correct timetable. Use degree maps and course flowcharts to plan your major courses.

Minors

Pre-Professional Advising

Graduate

The Master’s program in Biology (M.S. and M.A.) is supported by internationally recognized faculty working on research projects funded by federal, state, local, non-profit, and for-profit organizations in a variety of different fields of biology. 

Follow the links to learn more specific information about the coursework in our graduate programs in Cell & Molecular Biology and Ecology & Natural Resources.

Our thesis-based Masters of Science (M.S.) program consists both of taking master's level courses (30 credits) and participating in an individualized research project in the lab of a faculty member willing to sponsor you. To graduate, students write a thesis (typically 75-150 pages) about their research findings and present their research in an oral presentation to the department in a public defense followed by a short oral exam (private defense) pertaining to their project conducted by their committee. Follow this link to learn more about the timeline of being a master student and progress towards your degree.

Our Masters of Arts (M.A.) program consists primarily of taking master's level courses (36 credits) and may include research experience from a faculty advisor as part of this coursework. The final culminating project of the M.A. program is a comprehensive exam. Follow this link to learn more about the timeline of being a master student and progress towards your degree.

Follow this link to learn more about graduate assistantships. View the teaching assistantship application (PDF). Apply by April 1 for fall positions. Apply by Nov. 1 for spring positions.