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Protect the environment. Advance medical research. Start your academic career. A biology degree from RSU makes it all possible.

Whether it’s conserving natural resources, providing community healthcare, or training the next generation of biologists, the need for experienced and dedicated scientists has never been greater. That means more opportunities than ever for biology majors: helping manage weather-related disasters, treating and preventing the spread of infections, working to find cures for cancer, analyzing DNA analysis editing genes … just to name a few.

RSU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology program prepares you to meet this demand, offering three specializations, unique research opportunities, and hands-on experience in the lab and the field. Here, you’ll receive the instruction, attention, and interaction you need to leave RSU ready to take on a career in higher education, the sciences, or medicine.

Biology Program Features

At RSU, becoming a biology major means you’ll complete rigorous preparatory work that allows you to achieve your personal and professional goals. We offer three biology degrees that allow you to explore traditional disciplines of botany, zoology, and genetics, along with newer areas of study such as molecular biology, conservation and ecology. Regardless of the track you choose, you’ll conduct research to present to your peers and complete an internship in your area of study. Here’s what else you’ll experience in RSU’s biology programs:

  • Three immersive specializations in biology.
    Choose from medical/molecular, environmental conservation, or general biology based on your interests and goals — and take advantage of laboratory, research, and field experiences in each.
  • Top-notch experiences in the lab and the field.
    Work with the latest technology in the lab, including real-time PCR, gas chromatography, and Li-Cor imaging equipment. You’ll also complete service-learning projects and visit field locations to learn about water monitoring, endangered species monitoring, handling of animals, and more.
  • Preparation for professional careers and graduate study.
    Enter the industry in an environmental or health care position right away or go on to earn a variety of higher education degrees. At the end of the program, your studies will help you be prepared to take the GRE, MCAT, DAT, and PCAT tests, which will help you apply to grad school.

Bachelor of Science in Biology Curriculum and Course Highlights

Your coursework will include general principles of biology, including botany, genetics, zoology, and research methods. From there, you’ll choose an emphasis based on your interests and strengths.

Environmental Conservation Option:

Earn a biology degree program that goes beyond traditional wildlife and fisheries management. This program emphasizes taxonomy and game management and includes courses in ecosystem management, landscape ecology, plant and animal toxicology, aquatic biology, and threats to diversity. Students in this program may volunteer with Oklahoma’s Blue Thumb, a statewide citizen science program that trains volunteers to monitor creeks and streams and share their knowledge of water quality with others.
Degree Requirements | Degree Planner

Medical/Molecular Biology Option:

Participate in the rapidly expanding field of molecular and cellular biology. In this emphasis, you’ll learn the basics of biotechnology and practice in differentiating body tissues (using actual human tissue samples. You’ll also learn molecular lab techniques, research methods, and more.
Degree Requirements | Degree Planner

General Biology Option:

Interested in a different area of biology? The B.S. in Biology: General Biology degree allows you to explore areas like organismal biology, functional biology, and cell and molecular biology.
Degree Requirements | Degree Planner

Why choose RSU for your biology degree?

As a biology major at RSU, you’ll experience all the benefits of studying at a large university with the personal attention of a smaller college. Here’s what sets RSU apart among other schools:

  • Faculty who know you by name.
    Experience our student-first approach in your biology courses. Most of our courses have fewer than 25 students, with some labs limited to 15–20 students. Our faculty have experience in both the classroom and field environments, which allows you to receive a well-rounded education and diverse career prep.
  • Real-world experience.
    Learn in a B.S. in biology program that offers weekly opportunities for research and field experience.
  • Investment in your success.
    From helping you avoid heavy student debt to approachable faculty mentors, RSU is committed to your success as a biology major and a Hillcat. View Student Resources

What our alumni have to say about RSU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology Program

“My experience at RSU was pivotal to help me achieve my career goals. As a member of the Honors and Biology Programs, I gained the skills and knowledge to not only get accepted into medical school but also to excel amongst my peers who attended other universities. RSU’s professors were one of the most substantial contributors to my undergraduate success. Because classes are intimately sized, I had free reign to ask questions and receive extensive personal assistance with unclear topics.” –Lucy Redmond, 2017, B.S. Biology: Medical/Molecular

What can you do with a bachelor’s in biology degree?

A biology degree provides you with a wide breadth of options following your undergraduate work, including opportunities in industry, healthcare, and graduate or professional programs. Here are a few examples of what you can do with a biology degree:

  • Environmental Biology:
    • Become an environmental or chemical technician
    • Hold a position in natural resources
    • Become an environmental consultant
    • Enforce policy and law as a park ranger or game warden
  • Medical/Molecular:
    • Go on to earn your M.D., P.O., or P.A.
    • Work in the dental, chiropractic, pharmaceutical, veterinary, or optometry fields
    • Become an occupational or physical therapist
    • Study medical lab science
  • Graduate School:
    • Conduct research in aquatic biology, marine biology, or zoology
    • Conduct medical and/or molecular research
    • Pursue a master’s or Ph.D. to become a professor of biology

Financial Aid for Biology Majors

At RSU, we’re committed to ensuring our students can pursue a biology degree regardless of their financial situation. We offer several scholarships for incoming RSU students to help alleviate the cost of attending college. Biology students can also apply for endowments in the STEM disciplines.

Programs Related to B.S. in Biology

If you’re interested in pursuing your biology degree, popular minors and double majors include:

Wondering if a different path is for you? Explore these related programs:

Invest in yourself and your future with RSU’s biology degree!

There’s no limit to what you can do with a biology degree. Request information, apply to RSU, or visit campus today to start your journey toward professional and academic growth!

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Lucy Redmond ’17, B.S. Biology: Medical/Molecular

“My experience at RSU was pivotal to help me achieve my career goals. As a member of the Honors and Biology Programs, I gained the skills and knowledge to not only get accepted into medical school but excel amongst my peers who attended other universities. RSU’s professors were one of the most substantial contributors to my undergraduate success. Because classes are intimately sized, I had free reign to ask questions and receive extensive personal assistance with unclear topics.”

Lucy Redmond