Bachelor of Science in Biology
The undergraduate curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is designed to prepare students for employment in academia, government, or industry; for graduate studies in the biological sciences or science teaching; or for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary schools. The theme of the curriculum is systems biology, employing a systems approach in solving biological problems. All students participate in research through undergraduate research courses. The School also offers the International Plan, Business Option, a minor in biology, and several certificates.
This plan enables students to do nine credit hours of supervised research with a Biology faculty member over multiple semesters. With faculty guidance, students write a brief proposal, perform independent, original research, and write a thesis about their work. The thesis is evaluated by two Biology Faculty members. The first six credit hours of the research option are taken as BIOL 2699/4699 (research for credit) or BIOL 2698/4698 (research for pay). Students then take either BIOL 4690 (Independent Research Project; three hours) or BIOL 4910 (Honors Research Thesis; three hours) in their final semester and two, one credit-hour writing courses, LCC 4701 and 4702. These writing courses can be counted as Biology electives. Note that LCC 4701 should be taken in the semester prior to enrolling in BIOL 4910/4690. The student's research is presented in BIOL 4450 Senior Seminar.
Completing this program gives students a "Research Option in Biology" designation on their transcripts.