The Biology Department serves the needs of students who major in the life sciences, those enrolled in preprofessional programs, and those who choose biology as a part of their general education core experience.
For undergraduate students majoring in biology, the program offers a broad coverage of the life sciences, including rigorous preparation in the areas of cellular, organismal, and environmental biology. Specialized tracks in cell and molecular biology and science writing and an associate degree program in biology prepare students for careers or further study in the modern biotechnology and biomedical industries.
Preparation of students for careers in the life sciences, for graduate study, and for teaching the life sciences at the senior high, junior high, or middle school levels are important objectives of the biology program.
Pre-occupational therapy and pre-physical therapy tracks, the medical technology and respiratory therapy programs, and other interdisciplinary programs provide students with a strong basic science background that prepares them for successful study in a number of health-related fields.
The associate degree program is a rigorous two-year sequence of selected courses from the biology major track. With an emphasis on laboratory skills, it prepares students for immediate entry into the biotechnology workplace. These courses also constitute the first two years of the biology major, which may be resumed at a later date.