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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.

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biological Sciences

Students who complete the undergraduate program will demonstrate skills relevant to:

  1. Display fundamental understanding of basic genetics and evolution.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of cell structure and function and molecular biology.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of comparative organismic diversity.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic organismal adaptations to ecological environments.
Degree Options

Biology, B.A.

Learn the basic principles of biological science and how general science fundamentals apply to the area of biology.

Biological Science, B.S.B.S.

Study biology with a foundational science and mathematics curriculum.

Biological Science, Pre-Med Option, B.S.B.S.

Apply to medical, dentistry or veterinary school.
Pre-professional program in medicine

Biogeosciences, B.S.B.G.

Interdisciplinary program that includes hard sciences, mathematics and statistics; blending biology and geosciences fundamentals with earth systems science.

Biological Science, Accelerated Master’s

Combine undergraduate and graduate work and get a combined degree in five years.

Biology Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about biology are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Neuroscience Minor

Provides foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.

Bioinformatics Minor

Students from any discipline may minor in bioinformatics.

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Students majoring in any discipline may minor in biomedical engineering.

Typical Four-Year Schedule

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and Argumentation*Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General Chemistry I and LabGeneral Chemistry II and Lab
Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary BiologyIntroduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Introduction to Biological Sciences
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationCalculus I
Supplemental Area Concentration (SAC)†SAC
GeneticsBiology, Cluster B - Evolution
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationWriting for the Professions
SACSAC
General ElectiveBiology, Cluster A - Virology
Introduction to StatisticsBiology, Cluster B - Ecology
Biology, Cluster C - Vertebrate PhysiologyBiology, Cluster C - Medical Botany
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
General ElectiveBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Biology, Cluster A - ImmunologyComparative Anatomy
Field EcologyMicrobiology
Environmental MicrobiologyAnimal Behavior
HistologyPopulation Ecology

* 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
division levels.

Professional Opportunities
  • Medicine
  • Laboratory or field researcher
  • Biology teacher
  • Public health
  • Forensics