The Bachelor of Science in Biology provides a strong foundation in the basic life sciences plus laboratory experience. Students planning to attend medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, and physician assistants programs often major in Biology. The degree program prepares students to work as biologists, enter graduate school, attend professional schools, and more.

Key Program Features

Effectively communicate science through written reports and papers, oral presentations, and posters having command of scientific literature

Demonstrate the skills to be successful scientist through practice of the scientific method, development of field, laboratory, and quantitative skills

Function in a professional environment by working as a team, managing time and projects effectively, and complying with safety and regulatory guidelines

Demonstrate content knowledge by understanding and explaining fundamental concepts in the major divisions of biology including genetics; molecular and cellular; and ecology, evolution, and behavior

Program Details

Our program focuses on early immersion in practice of the scientific method and development of practical, marketable skills. Our courses incorporate scaffolding of concepts to ensure retention of information and application of this information in a lab setting. We also offer interdisciplinary research opportunities for students that allow them to see how biological, physical, and mathematical sciences influence approaches to scientific questions. Our courses incorporate real world experiences allowing students to see biology in practice within the surrounding areas.

Students have the opportunity to also develop skills in microscopy, cell culturing, dissections, biotechnology, field sampling of water, plants, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, identification of local plants and animals, and preparation of technical reports and field summaries.

Field trips to North Carolina Aquariums at Jeanette Pier and Kure Beach, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Duke Lemur Center, and Rachel Carson Living Seashore further enhance classroom learning with hands-on experiences.

Our majors are also actively involved in scientific outreach through the community including STEM on the Green, an event that hosts over 700 3rd grade students on the UMO campus for an interactive science fair.

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Traditional Undergraduate Degree Sheets
  • Medicine. Your biochemistry degree provides excellent preparation for the intellectual demands of the medical profession.
  • Biotechnology. Some of the nation’s largest and most respected biotechnology companies employ biochemists in a wide range of specialties.
  • Agriculture. Biochemists find employment with agricultural industry companies.
  • Government. State and federal agencies employ biochemists in many fields.
  • Analytical chemist
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Clinical research associate
  • Forensic scientist
  • Research scientist (Life Science)
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Research Development
  • Patent/Intellectual Property Consulting
  • Product Development
  • Laboratory Research
  • Teachers/Professors
  • Technical Writing
  • Veterinary School