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 goals.
  • 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 summer programs.
  • 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.

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