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Welcome to the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences

The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences offers a comprehensive program that prepares students to competitively enter the job market at the B.S. level, or continue on to graduate or professional degrees.

Each of our majors starts by taking a "core biological sciences curriculum" consisting of three survey courses with companion labs for a total of 12 credit hours (the core also include a 1 credit hour senior level course in primary scientific literature review).

The survey courses provide students with a broad and basic understanding of the fundamental fields of modern biology including cell and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, botany, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, ecology and evolution.

Upon completion of the survey courses, each biology major chooses to pursue one of four "Concentrations" based on her or his career interests:

  • Biomedical Concentration (618M) is for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, allied health sciences, and biomedical research.
  • Natural Science Concentration (618N) is for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in natural resources management, zoology, and ecology.
  • Forensic Science Concentration (618R) is for students who are interested in pursuing employment in crime laboratories or law enforcement agencies.
  • Bioinformatics Concentration (618S) is for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in the application of computer science and mathematical analyses to solve biological and medical problems.
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences Concentration (618T) is for students who are interested in pursuing employment in medical technology.
  • Veterinary Technology Concentration (618V) is for students who are interested in pursuing employment or graduate degrees in Veterinary Medicine.