- Our Impact
Undergraduate and Graduate instruction lie at the heart of our department. Whether in a large lecture hall, a teaching laboratory, the field or online - our faculty strive to impart their knowledge to a new generation of scientists and professionals working in the life sciences. Subject matters covered by our courses are as diverse and integrative as our faculty and includes introductory level courses as well as highly specialized ones for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. We offer two majors (and their corresponding minors), each of which incudes multiple academic tracks to allow students flexibility in designing their particular course of study while maintaining the rigorous academic standards that fuels our national reputation for producing top-notch graduates.
The Biology Major delivers broad, interdisciplinary training which can be used as a foundation for a wide variety of life sciences careers. Students can choose to specialize in one of four transcript-visible options in genetics, marine biology, pre-education and pre-veterinary medicine or select from a wealth of scientific coursework to meet their specific professional interests in areas ranging from ecology to genomics. Biology is a common home for pre-veterinary medicine, as well as pre-medicine and other health professions. A Biology minor is also available.
The Zoology major focuses on the diversity, organismal biology, ecology and evolution of animals. Many Zoology majors are interested in animal care and husbandry, as well as careers in field work, informal education, agency work and museum curration. Elective courses in organismal biology, ecology and evolutionary biology and policy and management and can be used to pursue a variety of professional interests. The Zoology major does not provide the proper training for veterinary medicine, and interested students should instead look at the Biology major.