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BA in Biology

BA in Biology

  • QS World University Rankings
    446
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Scholarships No
The undergraduate program in biology, leading either to the BA or to the BS degree, is designed to give students an understanding of fundamental and current biological knowledge in a variety of fields. The program offers a wide array of courses to undergraduates, ranging from introductory to advanced, specialized, and graduate-level courses in many subject areas. The biology department has more than twenty-five full-time faculty members with teaching and research interests in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, development, cancer, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, motility, cell biology, structural biology, animal behavior, and ecology. Because the interests and needs of our students vary, the major is designed to provide flexibility once the core courses have been completed. Students may elect undergraduate-level courses in a variety of areas of biology and biochemistry or may choose to obtain more-advanced, in-depth training in one particular area. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to become integral members of research laboratories and to attend departmental research colloquia. A major in biology provides excellent preparation for students intent on careers in biological research; for those seeking careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry; and for those interested in the allied health professions such as public health, genetic counseling, physical therapy, nursing, or physician assistant. For those seeking courses concerned with ecology or environmental science, the biology department offers study in those areas. See "Special Note C" below for additional programs in ecology and conservation biology. Learning Goals Biology is the science of life. We may study biology for its practical applications in fields that include research, medicine, and biotechnology, or simply because of what E.O. Wilson terms "biophilia", our innate fascination with living organisms. B.A. and B.S. programs build upon fundamental concepts to give an understanding of major areas of modern biology, including molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, physiology, neurobiology, and ecology. Courses for non-majors introduce aspects of the biology of our everyday lives. They provide background for students to make choices in areas such as diet and immunization, and to be informed participants in broader debate of issues such as stem cell research and human impact on the environment.

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