Biology is a rapidly changing science that incorporates molecular and cellular biology; behavioral and molecular ecology; developmental biology; organismal, ecological and evolutionary genetics; microbiology; aerobiology; molecular systematics; and neuroscience. Flexible degree requirements lead to careers in the biology and health fields or graduate school.
The Department of Biological Science offers B.S., B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees along with an interdisciplinary option in biogeosciences.
Research opportunities allow undergraduate and graduate students to work directly with professors in laboratories as well as ecological field sites such as the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, the Oklahoma Cross Timbers and the Ozark Mountains. Students are encouraged to participate in the local chapters of the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society and Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-med honor society and are often invited to present research at nationwide conferences.
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biological Sciences
Students who complete the undergraduate program will demonstrate skills relevant to:
- Display fundamental understanding of basic genetics and evolution.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of cell structure and function and molecular biology.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of comparative organismic diversity.
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic organismal adaptations to ecological environments.
Typical Four-Year Schedule
Learn the basic principles of biological science and how general science fundamentals apply to the area of biology.
Study biology with a foundational science and mathematics curriculum.
Apply to medical, dentistry or veterinary school.
Pre-professional program in medicine
Interdisciplinary program that includes hard sciences, mathematics and statistics; blending biology and geosciences fundamentals with earth systems science.
Combine undergraduate and graduate work and get a combined degree in five years.
Non-majors interested in learning more about biology are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.
Provides foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.
Students from any discipline may minor in bioinformatics.
Students majoring in any discipline may minor in biomedical engineering.
|FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER||FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
|Exposition and Argumentation*||Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
|General Elective||General Elective
|General Chemistry I and Lab||General Chemistry II and Lab
|Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology||Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
|Introduction to Biological Sciences||
|SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER||SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
|Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience||Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation||Calculus I
|Supplemental Area Concentration (SAC)†||SAC
|Genetics||Biology, Cluster B - Evolution
|JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER||JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation||Writing for the Professions
|General Elective||Biology, Cluster A - Virology
|Introduction to Statistics||Biology, Cluster B - Ecology
|Biology, Cluster C - Vertebrate Physiology||Biology, Cluster C - Medical Botany
|SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER||SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
|General Elective||Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
|Biology, Cluster A - Immunology||Comparative Anatomy
|Environmental Microbiology||Animal Behavior
* Introduction to College Writing or its equivalent may be a prerequisite in some cases.
† A Supplemental Area Concentration must consist of at least 16 hours with 8 hours taken at the upper
- Laboratory or field researcher
- Biology teacher
- Public health