Students who begin in biology will remain in biology for their freshman year. Beginning in the sophomore year, students will have 3 majors to choose from:
Integrative Biology (IB) is the study of how the different components of life interact, from molecules through global cycles. Our courses and curricula focus on problem-solving, collaborative learning, and communication skills across the content areas. An IB major prepares students in genetics and evolution, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals, ecology and behavior and molecular biology. After completion of the core 100 and 200-level sequence in IB, students complete the required additional approved coursework by either taking a variety of courses or specializing in such areas as health professions, biotechnology, biodiversity and conservation and environmental sciences. A student works with an IB advisor to plan this additional approved coursework.
Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) is the study of living organisms through the understanding of basic molecular and cellular structure and function as well as the metabolic, genetic and physiological processes common to all organisms. The undergraduate programs in MCB offer courses that explore unique aspects differentiating living organisms; how cells are organized; how cells and organisms respond to each other and their environment; how cells communicate signals and regulate gene expression; and how these processes go awry during injury, infection or genetic diseases. Our curriculum imparts not only basic principles of modern biology, but also the fundamental, critical and analytical skills necessary for a successful career.
Students who enjoy explaining ideas, have an interest in contributing to the improvement of our schools or getting others excited about biology may consider this five-year program, which provides certification to teach biology at the high school level. The program allows students to take core courses in both MCB and Integrative Biology (IB), in addition to the requirements for a Minor in Secondary Education. Students must apply to the Secondary Education Minor in their junior year. Students who complete this program historically have had a 100% job placement rate upon graduation.