DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is founded on the traditional disciplines of botany, zoology, and genetics but extends into newer areas of study including molecular biology, conservation,and ecology.
Option: Environmental Conservation
The four-year general biology degree in environmental conservation diverges from traditional wildlife and fisheries management programs that emphasize curriculum in taxonomy and game management. Unique to this program is a curriculum that emphasizes statistics, ecological toxicology (contaminants and pollutants), and environmental conservation that addresses contemporary issues in ecosystem management, landscape ecology, and regional and global threats to biodiversity.
The field of molecular and cellular biology is expanding rapidly as biotechnology explodes in the pure and applied areas. This molecular biology program will prepare students to participate in this trend. With recent completion of mapping the entire human genome, it is expected that molecular biologists will be in higher demand than ever before. A growing list of research establishments, such as medical institutions, pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and biotechnology companies will have increased need for scientists possessing molecular biology knowledge and skills. The use of such knowledge and skills is not limited to human research. Molecular biology careers also include fields such as plant biotechnology, animal breeding, food technology, forensic science, environmental biology, plant pathology, and wildlife management.