Degree Programs

B.S. in Biology - Field Biology Option

The Field Biology program prepares students for careers in public and private agencies involved with natural resources management. The courses feature indoor and outdoor opportunities including Field Research Experience, General Zoology and Ecology. Field Biology majors work towards careers as zoologists, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, and ecologists to name a few.


Professor Lathadevi Chintapenta will be offering a new course in Microbial Ecology this fall. The course will focus on the biology of microorganisms and microbial processes and their effects on other organisms and the environment, and the impact of these relationships on biogeochemical cycles. Students will explore how the environment shapes microbial communities and how microbes affect the environment while gaining hands on experience on topics related to metagenomics and microbial ecology techniqueTalk to your advisor to find out if this is a good fit for you!
Prerequisites: BIOL 150 or 160, CHEM 112 or 240

Required Supporting Courses: 21 cr. hrs.

Required for all options in the biology major.
Some professional schools and graduate programs may require additional credits in Chemistry, Math and/or Physics; consult your adviser.

Chemistry supporting courses (10- cr.): 1 year of CHEM
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab I, 1 cr.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
         + CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab II, 1 cr. or CHEM 130 Intro. to Organic Chemistry, 5 cr.
CHEM 233 Foundations of Organic Chem., 5 cr.

Additional supporting courses (11-12 cr.):
PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics, 5 cr. or 131 calculus-based Physics, 5 cr.
MATH 147 Algebra & Trigonometry, 3 cr. or 149 Precalculus, 4 cr.        
MATH 231 Biostatistics, 3 cr. or ANSC 341 Biometrics, 3 cr.