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Biological Sciences

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The Biological Sciences major is currently under a moratorium and no new change of major petitions to this major will be approved at this time.  Please consider the remaining life science majors such as Biochemistry; Biology; Entomology; Neuroscience; Plant Biology; Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology; or Microbiology.

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Biological Science Tracks

Students who are completing a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences must choose a track from the following list:

Bioinformatics & Genomics

Bioinformatics and Genomics are popular new fields whose emergence is catalyzed by the explosion of data made available through automated DNA sequencing. They meld in a seamless fashion of genetics, molecular and cellular biology, statistics, and computer science. The interdisciplinary nature of Bioinformatics and Genomics prepares students to be highly competitive for further graduate education or for immediate placement in biotechnology and allied industries.
BIOG 2014-2015 Course Offerings
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The Biology track provides up-to-date preparation for postgraduate study and careers in the fields of medicine, health science, teaching, and research. The upper-division courses are more specialized and provide in-depth examination of specific subfields of biology.
BIOL 2014-2015 Course Offerings
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Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology are important sub disciplines in the Biological Sciences. Training in this field will prepare students for numerous educational opportunities upon graduation, including medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, and graduate school. In addition, numerous positions are available in teaching (for secondary level see Biology track), business, biotechnology, forensics, law, biomedical and basic research, agriculture, and government.
CMDB 2014-2015 Course Offerings
CMDB Track Worksheet

Conservation Biology

Conservation biology seeks to understand the consequences of the rapid loss of Earth's diversity of life and to preserve biodiversity. Conservation Biology is a multidisciplinary science that applies principles of ecology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, and other sciences to solve problems related to the loss of biodiversity. The emergence of conservation biology stems from the recognition that Earth's ecological systems face critical problems from rapid growth of human populations and per capita resource consumption. A major focus of the discipline is the study of human impacts on biodiversity, with special emphasis on management processes that prevent species extinctions and ameliorate anthropogenic damage to ecosystems. Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with the Conservation Biology track are trained to help society understand the extent and consequences of biodiversity loss, and to provide objective scientific data to resource managers and social planners. Students who are broadly trained in fields relevant to Conservation Biology, such as ecology, population genetics, evolutionary biology, and earth or environmental sciences, will be prepared for graduate study and a variety of careers in research, education or environmental consulting and management.
BLCN 2014-2015 Course Offerings
BLCN Track Worksheet
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Environmental Toxicology

The effect of environmental pollutants on human health and other biological systems, and the impact of human activity on the environment is a growing source of public concern. Consequently, there is an increasing demand on government, industry and academia for scientists trained in a variety of environmental disciplines. The Environmental Toxicology curriculum fills this need and provides students with a strong foundation in biology and biochemistry, as well as training in environmental toxicology. Graduates will be positioned to pursue careers in environmental toxicology and other environmental life sciences and have the required background for entry into graduate, medical, dental, or veterinary programs.
ENTX 2014-2015 Course Offerings
ENTX Track Worksheet

Evolution and Ecology

Evolution is the central unifying concept linking all areas of the Biological Sciences. Ecology is the study of the interrelationships and interactions between organisms and their environment that drive adaptation and dictate the distribution and abundance of organisms. An area of specialization in Evolution and Ecology primarily serves students who are interested in entering graduate school in one of these fields or in directly entering a career in a related area, such as in an environmental consulting firm or local, state, or federal agency that deals with ecological issues. Students can focus their training to prepare themselves for further graduate study in numerous areas of the Biological Sciences, further study in a number of health related professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry), and a biological sciences career within private industry, local, state, or federal government.
EVEC 2014-2015 Course Offerings
EVEC Track Worksheet
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Medical Biology

The Medical Biology track provides a solid foundation in science and mathematics for students who plan a career in medicine, health sciences or veterinary medicine. The track is also excellent preparation for graduate research in modern cell and molecular biology and physiology. Although clinical courses are not part of the curriculum, the track prepares students for specific training for clinical applications in the health sciences, including medicine, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, laboratory technology, public health, nursing, physical therapy, nutrition, epidemiology, forensics, hospital administration, and physician's assistant.
MBL 2014-2015 Course Offerings
MBL Track Worksheet


Students earning a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences with the Microbiology track will be trained for technical careers in a broad spectrum of the medicinal, agricultural, biotechnology, and environmental fields as consultants and technicians. Students specializing in the Microbiology track will also be prepared to continue studies at the graduate level, earn teaching credentials, or enter professional schools in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.
MCBL 2014-2015 Course Offerings
MCBL Track Worksheet
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Plant Biology

The track in Plant Biology is built on the premise that students with training in plant biology fill unique and diverse niches in academia, industry, medicine, business, law, biotechnology, government and agriculture. The Plant Biology track can prepare students for a wide array of graduate or professional training programs or employment positions in the fields of agronomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, conservation biology, developmental biology, ecology, ethno botany, evolution, dentistry, genetics, horticulture, medicine, molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology, systematics, and veterinary medicine.
PLBL 2014-2015 Course Offerings
PLBL Track Worksheet

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Registration Procedures

Biological Sciences majors are required to submit a course plan through R'Web at least one week prior to their enrollment appointment period.  Your course plan will be reviewed by your academic advisor, and you will be eligible to enroll into courses after your course plan has been approved.

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