BS Biology

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.

More Information

Core Requirements (45SH):

  • BIO 120 Principles of Biology I & Lab
  • BIO 121 Principles of Biology II & Lab
  • BIO 245 Molecular Biology
  • BIO 315 Research Methods
  • BIO 350 Genetics
  • CHE 221, 222 General Chemistry
  • CHE 331, 332 Organic Chemistry
  • MAT 240 Statistics
  • PHY 221, 222 College Physics

Core Electives (22SH) – Choose a minimum of 1 course from each of the following categories (9SH must be at the 300/400 level):


  • BIO 355 Developmental Biology & Lab
  • BIO 360 Microbiology Lab
  • BIO 410 Cell Biology & Lab
  • BIO 445 Immunology
  • BIO 455 Medical Microbiology
  • CHE 420 Biochemistry I & Lab
  • CHE 425 Biochemistry II


  • BIO 230 General Botany & Lab
  • BIO 240 General Zoology & Lab
  • BIO 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab
  • BIO 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab
  • BIO 270 Vertebrate Biology & Physiology
  • BIO 305 Neurobiology


  • BIO 220 Ecology
  • BIO 323 Marine Biology
  • BIO 365 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 425 Animal Behavior


  • BIO 115 Intro to Biotechnology
  • BIO 460 Senior Research & Seminar
  • BIO 461 Senior Research & Seminar
  • BIO 470-472 Senior Research & Sem. II, III, or IV
  • BIO 491, 492, 493
  • CHE 320/320L Analytical Chemistry & Lab

Courses whose category may vary

  • BIO 380 Special Topics
  • BIO 480 Special Topics
  • 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