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

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

Lucy Redmond

“My experience at Rogers State University was pivotal to help me achieve my career goals. I was a member of the Honors Program and majored in medical/molecular biology. Both programs provided me the skills and knowledge to not only get accepted into medical school but excel amongst my peers who attended other universities. The professors at RSU were one of the most substantial contributors to my undergraduate success. Because classes are intimately sized, I had free reign to ask them questions and receive extensive personal assistance with unclear topics. They present difficult material tactfully and were dedicated to my educational experience. Because of RSU’s medical/molecular biology degree, I had a solid foundation of basic science, which has proven to be advantageous in every one of my classes in medical school.”

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.