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The Department of Biology and Chemistry offers eight undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees, each designed for a specific career track. Below is a description of each degree and its strengths. For for full details on each program, click on its name.

Undergraduate Programs

Biology Area – designed for students interested in environmental and organismal science. The courses cover the range of biology from molecules to cells to organisms to interactions between organisms.

Biomedical Sciences Area – developed specifically for students intent on attending a health professional school, pursuing a career in biomedicine or a graduate education in biomedical disciplines. The courses are heavily weighted toward biomedical subjects.

Students who major in biology or biomedical sciences may choose from the following pre-professional tracks:

  • General Biomedical Sciences
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medical Technology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Podiatry

Biology Teaching Area – this is very similar to the biology area, but education courses are added into the curriculum and the electives ensure broad knowledge so you are able to teach broadly within the discipline.   

Biomedical Chemistry Area – this degree is somewhat the mirror image of the biomedical sciences area except it is for students interested in chemistry. Chemistry students pursuing this degree will be prepared for health-professional school, a career in the biomedical chemistry or entry into graduate school in a biomedical chemistry area.    

Professional Chemistry Area – for students interested in pursuing a career in an industrial, government or academic chemistry laboratory.   

General Chemistry Major – this degree is a broad degree in chemistry and is useful for many different career choices. Many students in the pre-health careers opt for this degree because they would like to have a major/minor rather than an area degree. Students planning to pursue a career in chemistry may also choose this degree, though it does not have the same depth as the professional chemistry area.    

Environmental Chemistry Major – this degree was expressly designed for students who want to pursue careers in environmental chemistry immediately after graduation or who plan to pursue a graduate degree in environmental chemistry.   

Chemistry Teaching Major – this is similar to the general chemistry major except education courses are added to the curriculum.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science - Biology
Master of Science - Biology, with Regional Analysis and Public Policy focus


Biology Minor
Chemistry Minor

Integrated Science Minor

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