The Department of Biological Sciences embraces all areas of biology in its diverse teaching and research programs. Majors target the areas of Biology (BIOL), Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology (MEFB), Neuroscience and Behavior (NSB), and Zoology (ZOOL). All of these offer a Bachelor of Science degree, with Zoology also offering a Bachelor of Arts. Minors provide a focus on special areas of the biological sciences for students within and outside the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Minors are: Animal Behavior, Biology, Marine Biology, Plant Biology, and Zoology. Our course offerings provide a wide selection of both field and lab-based courses, that provide opportunities and experiences appropriate for the diverse array of positions that are available in the broad area of Biology. There are a common set of core or foundation courses for each major that allow a simple transfer between majors up to the end of the second year, and each major has a set of topical categories with options that lead to a more focused exposure to the breadth of biology, while allowing a personal focus to be developed in the major.
Students in the DBS majors find it easy to integrate the biology core courses with those recommended for establishment of the background appropriate for application to the professional biomedical and health-care programs, as well as to schools with graduate programs.