Biological Sciences BS

Total Units Required: 120

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Students who pursue the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences choose one of three options. The option in cellular and molecular biology prepares students for professional programs, graduate studies in cellular and molecular biology, or entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. The option ecological, evolutionary, and organismal biology prepares students for positions within environmental and resource management or graduate studies in ecology and evolutionary biology. The option plant biology prepares students for positions in habitat restoration, field botany, forestry or range management, agricultural biotechnology, or graduate studies in plant biology.

Student Learning Outcomes

All candidates for the BS in biological sciences will demonstrate mastery in the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students can describe the structure and function of cellular components and explain how they interact in a living cell.
  • Students can demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms driving evolution and can describe similarities and differences of the major taxonomic groups.
  • Students can describe how cells interact to develop tissues and organs and how these contribute to a functional organism.
  • Students can describe how organisms interact with one another and to their environment and are able to explain interactions at the population and community levels.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to use, the processes and methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Students can formally communicate the results of biological investigations using both oral and written communication skills.