Department of Biology
The Biology Program provides academic experiences in the life sciences that meet a variety of student needs. The courses offered cover a broad range of subjects from General Biology, Biostatistics and Genetics, which all majors must take, to Organismic Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, and Ecology. The program of study fulfills the academic requirements for admission to medical, dental and related professional schools and also prepares students for graduate studies (M.S. or Ph.D.) in all areas of Biology.
The program also provides non-science majors with an understanding of biological concepts and the importance of biological discoveries to the solution of social and environmental problems.
The Biotechnology Program is an interdisciplinary major designed to provide academic, laboratory and research experiences to students with career interests in the biomedical sciences. The program serves as preparation for the pursuit of graduate degrees in biotechnology, molecular genetics, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry and other related fields. It provides a strong academic program for students interested in further studies leading to careers in the medical professions. Graduates with the bachelors degree may also seek jobs on the technician level in areas such as pharmaceutical, hospital and academic research laboratories.
The Biotechnology major incorporates general courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with upper level instruction in Biochemistry, Genetics and Biotechnology. The course of study emphasizes the structure, function and relationships of DNA, RNA and proteins in the regulation of gene expression. Methods used in teaching and research laboratories incorporate instruction and training on modern equipment employed in Biotechnology for processes such as gene cloning, DNA sequencing and RNA processing, with application to the improved analysis, diagnosis and treatment of inherited and acquired human diseases.