In 2004, what is now the Biological Science program was introduced in response to a need for a biological science option that could provide a rigorous interdisciplinary major without barriers to switching departments or Colleges because of different degree requirements. The Biological Science program has a two-fold mission: provide the core biology education for all biology-related undergrad majors while offering a major with the maximum degree of flexibility in transferring between colleges when necessary.
The Bachelor of Science in Biological Science is offered under the auspices of both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). In either college, undergraduates who enter the Biological Science track benefit from the availability of expert researchers, instructors, and the courses they teach. Learn more about the Biological Science (BISC) curriculum on the BISC website.
- Have a basic (fundamental-conceptual and factual) understanding of genetics, cellular and organismal biology, ecology and evolution.
- Evaluate and articulate the contribution of biology to society.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the scientific method and critical analysis and be able to apply skills to novel questions and data.
- Articulate biological knowledge both verbally and in writing.
- Have an in-depth and current knowledge of subject-matter within a scientific discipline.