Explore the functions and evolution
of the spectacular diversity of life on earth.


B.S. in Biology

Students are introduced to living systems at various levels of complexity, from atoms to the biosphere. Evolution provides a framework for examining questions, hypotheses, and predictions. Upper division choices to allow students to pursue their interests, so one student may choose health career pre-requisites (organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and biochemistry), another wildlife biology courses (ecology, animal behavior, genetics, conservation biology).

The importance of research and experimentation in biology is stressed throughout the curriculum. Students explore the basic principles and assumptions of the scientific method, then practice them in highly-experiential lab courses and research experiences.


Beaver behavior research for a comparison of beavers & elephants as “animal engineers”


In the lab


Studying crayfish migration patterns at Hidden Beach, Lake Tahoe

Biology majors graduate qualified for advanced degree programs and careers in wildlife biology, health occupations, laboratory research, or teaching K-12. In addition to all of the foundational science and math courses that graduate schools look for, they have ample experience conducting research and field work, and using professional statistical tools and lab equipment.

Recent graduates have continued on to post-graduate programs in Medicine (MD), Laboratory Management, Epidemiology, Biological Statistics, Biotechnology, and Nursing.

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Lower Division

Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.

BIOL 101,105 Biology l and Lab 4
BIOL 102,106 Biology ll and Lab 4
CHEM 101,105 Chemistry l and Lab 4
CHEM 102, 106 Chemistry ll and Lab 4
PHYS 201, 205 Physics l and Lab 4
PHYS 201, 205 Physics ll and Lab 4
MATH 251 Statistics 4
Total Credits 28

Upper Division

BIOL 471 Research Methods in Biology 3
BIOL 390 OR 481 Internship or Senior Research in Biology 3
MATH 351 Biological Statistics 3
Electives with Lab – Select five 20
CHEM 311, 315 Organic Chemistry l and Lab
CHEM 312, 316 Organic Chemistry ll and Lab
BIOL 301, 305 Animal Behavior and Lab
BIOL 331, 335 Anatomy and Physiology l and Lab
BIOL 332, 336 Anatomy and Physiology ll and Lab
BIOL 341, 345 Microbiology and Lab
BIOL 381, 385 Ecology and Lab
BIOL 421, 425 Ecology of Aquatic Systems and Lab
BIOL 410, 415 Genetics and Lab
Electives – Select one 3
BIOL 361 Evolution and Paleontology
CHEM 471 Biochemistry
BIOL Field Course
Elective within major
Total Upper Division Credits 32

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2015-2016 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.