The Biology program prepares students who are transferring to four year institutions to earn baccalaureate degrees in a wide array of majors in the biological sciences. The program curriculum focuses on the fundamental biological themes and processes of cellular, molecular, and organismal biology, the chemical foundation of life, physics, math, and general education. The program also emphasizes the scientific processes and laboratory experiences to gather, organize, analyze data, and communicate results, as well as basic mathematical and statistical computations for exploring how organisms acquire and use energy to maintain homeostasis, how they reproduce, and how they interact with each other and adapt to their environment.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Biology program will be able to:
- Apply the scientific method in order to explain natural phenomena and world.
- Gather, organize, and analyze data and illustrate results in graphical and appropriate formats.
- Use acquired knowledge of biology to evaluate current events.
- Communicate core concepts and processes central to biology using scientific terminology.
Careers in this field
- A bachelor’s degree will qualify one for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist, or research assistant in education, industry, government, museums, parks, and gardens.
- An undergraduate degree can also be used for nontechnical work in writing, illustration, sales, photography, and legislation.
- The biological sciences are good preparation for a career in healthcare that generally requires a professional degree and license such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science.
- Develop strong analytical, computer, mathematics, scientific, and interpersonal communication skills.
Careers Relating to Biology Majors
- Research and Development
- Biomedical Sciences
- Organismal/Ecological Biology
Transfer Options in Biology
Common university majors related to the field of Biology include:
- Agricultural Science
- Bioengineering and Technology
- Biological Sciences
- Botany and plant Sciences
- Cell Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Ecology • Entomology
- Exercise Science
- Marine Biology
- Medical Sciences
- Molecular Biology
- Natural Sciences
- Nutrition and Food Science
- Zoology and Animal Sciences
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.