The Biology Major

Contact:  School of Biological Sciences, 970-351-2921 (telephone), biology@unco.edu (e-mail)

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Graduation

General information

This program leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biological Sciences.

In pursuit of your degree, you will take classes that fit into four different categories:

  1. Required biology courses: a core of courses that all biology students take, a set of specialized courses depending on your emphasis within biology, and elective biology courses.
  2. Required supporting courses: mathematics, chemistry, physics, and other courses that help to provide the foundation for a well rounded and comprehensive degree.
  3. Liberal arts core (LAC): courses that used to be called "General Education" that provide the foundation for the liberal arts education at UNC. A total of 40 credits are required, plus additional PTEP credits (Professional Teacher Education Program) for the Secondary Teaching emphasis.
  4. University-wide electives: courses in any area or field of study of your choice.

Program overview

Emphasis areas

You can choose from among four different emphasis areas described below. The detailed requirements for each emphasis are listed in the university catalog.

The prehealth and biomedical sciences emphasis

The prehealth and biomedical sciences emphasis is intended for premed and other students with an interest in human and animal health professions. This program meets the minimal requirements for admittance to most medical, dental, veterinary and other professional schools of health science.

A strong science and mathematics background from high school or introductory courses at UNC will help you to succeed in this program.

After successfully completing your UNC prehealth biology degree you will be prepared for admission to medical, veterinary, dentistry, chiropractic, or paramedical professional programs. You will also be prepared to continue your education in a wide range of research-based graduate programs as diverse as microbiology and human physiology. Additionally, this would also be an appropriate emphasis if you are interested in working in health communication, pharmaceutical sales, hospitals, biotechnology, or government laboratories such as the Centers for Disease Control.

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The cellular and molecular biology emphasis

The cellular and molecular biology emphasis focuses on the biological principles underlying all living systems through a study of the basic unit of life, the cell.

A strong science and mathematics background from high school or introductory courses at UNC will help you to succeed in this program. 

After successfully completing your UNC cell and molecular biology degree you will be prepared for a wide range of careers in the basic or applied biological sciences such as public health, the pharmaceutical industry, cancer research, biodiversity research, forensic biology, animal and plant agricultural sciences, and many others. You will be prepared to continue your education in research-based graduate biological sciences programs in fields including microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, endocrinology, immunology, and developmental biology.  You will also be prepared for admission to many health-based professional schools including medical, veterinary, and dental school.  This program encompasses a minor in chemistry.

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The ecology and evolutionary biology emphasis

The ecology and evolutionary biology emphasis focuses on ecology, evolution, organismal biology, and application of that knowledge in field settings.  Upon completing this program you will have acquired a background in the diversity, life-histories, and ecology of plants, animals, and other organisms.

A strong science and mathematics background from high school or introductory courses at UNC will help you to succeed in this program. 

After successfully completing your UNC ecology and evolutionary biology degree you will be prepared to work for public or private sector environmental agencies such as state or federal wildlife agencies, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, various parks and recreation programs or private consulting agencies. You will also be able to continue your education in graduate programs in the pure or applied biological sciences in fields including botany, zoology, ecology, forestry, wildlife biology, and evolution.

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The biology secondary teaching emphasis

The biology secondary teaching emphasis leads to a State of Colorado licensure in secondary science. You will receive training in biological sciences content and pedagogy plus a wide range of additional support science content. You should have an interest in teaching and in working successfully with young people.

A strong science and mathematics background from high school or introductory courses at UNC will help you to succeed in this program.

After successfully completing your UNC biology secondary teaching degree you will meet licensure requirements of the Colorado Department of Education for teaching secondary science (grades 7-12). Upon completion of this program you will also be able to continue your education in graduate programs in the biological sciences.

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