B.S. Degree Plan 20-21 (pdf)
Minor Degree Plan 20-21 (pdf)

Girl hiking in woods“I love how the class sizes are small and intimate. The professors care very deeply about their relationships with their students, and go out of their way to push them forward and become successful!” — Morgan Carr – Environmental Conservation ’21

B.S. in 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.

Option: Medical/Molecular

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.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental processes of life.
  2. To apply scientific method and interpret current technology and research techniques relating to the biological sciences.
  3. To apply good laboratory practice to minimize/eliminate potential laboratory hazards.
  4. To promote a positive learning environment in our classrooms and on campus.
  5. To be adequately prepared for transition into productive professional career.

Department Mission: The mission of the Department of Biology at Rogers State University is to support students in their pursuit of knowledge in biology and life science.

Degree Program Mission: Under the Bachelor of Science in Biology, there are two emphases: the Medical/Molecular emphasis and the Environmental Conservation emphasis. The four-year program seeks to develop a biologist well founded in either area of emphasis. The student integrates mathematical and physical science concepts into biology. The student uses the scientific method as well as evaluate others; use of this method of inquiry. He/she writes and presents scientific papers and reports. The degree in augmented with individual research and internships for successful postgraduate and professional careers.