An innovative, comprehensive overview of biology forms the basis for both the B.A. and B.S. degree programs in Biological Sciences offered by the department. Students choose their course of study according to their career objectives. The B.A. curriculum is desgined for students who plan to pursue a medical or other health profession, or who wish to combine another area of study—such as education, environmental studies, or scientific writing—with a solid background in biology. The B.S. curriculum is most appropriate for students planning to pursue graduate study in biology or to work in a technical or laboratory research setting.
The Department also offers a B.S. degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, which combines biological knowledge with computer science and mathematics, and participates in the B.S. program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Finally, we also have courses of study leading to a minor in Biological Sciences or Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.