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Choosing Biology

The Department of Biology takes special pride in its teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Courses at the undergraduate level, for example, provide a broad foundation in animal biology and allow students to pursue selected areas of interest in depth through research participation and advanced studies courses.

Biology is one of the most popular majors for students interested in a health professions career, and the curriculum provides an excellent base of preparation for a wide variety of careers or for postgraduate study. The Biology major program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to enter graduate school in the biological sciences, to enter medical, dental, or veterinary college, or to work in specialized paramedical fields, environmental programs, or other careers in which biology would serve as an academic background.

The department encourages participation in the Honors College, the Zoological Society, and other opportunities for individualized educational enhancement. Several student clubs are sponsored by Biology faculty members and allow students with common interests to take field trips and hear talks about career planning and other important topics. The Biology Aid Program (ZAP) is composed of undergraduate students who volunteer to tutor other students in Introductory Biology. It is a rewarding experience for both the ZAP volunteers and those with whom they work.

The department strongly recommends that each student work closely with his or her adviser on a regular basis since not all courses are offered every semester. Majors or prospective majors should also work with the biology advisory office to plan a program which will meet their career goals. The advisory office can furnish information on courses, curricula and careers available to majors and will facilitate the assignment of a faculty adviser.

The Biology Department is actively involved in the Honors Program, and many undergraduate students carry out independent research projects under the guidance of faculty members with national and international reputations in their fields.

Biology majors may work also for the standard secondary teaching certificate in science. For information consult an academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences office.