The Department of Science and Technology offers the following programs:
Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology provides students with a basic understanding of the breadth of the biological sciences, the development of hand-on laboratory skills, and opportunities for a structured laboratory or field research project. The program is designed to meet the science requirements for admission to medical, dental, and other professional schools specializing in the health and biomedical sciences, as well as preparing students for application to graduate advanced degrees in a variety of research-oriented biological specialties.
Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Science
The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Science is designed to prepare graduates for careers in environmentally related fields, as well as to qualify for admission to highly recognized graduate programs.
The program enables students to take advantage of a challenging and rewarding program, comprising Level I courses in the fields of biology, physics, geology, and chemistry, Level II courses in plant biology, organic chemistry, microbiology, energy management, applied environmental science, GIS, toxicology, ecosystem modeling, geochemistry, and biophysics, combined with two semesters of required laboratory research experience, and rounded off by a Level III capstone course focused on environmental policy. Additionally, the curriculum allows for learning business principles, personalized career advising, and emphasis on global perspectives, and a variety of international study opportunities.
The Biology minor provides students with a core understanding of biological principles, a basic foundation in chemistry, exposure to various bioscience specialties (anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, biotechnology , microbiology, and evolution), an awareness of the issues and challenges facing biologists in today's complex environments, and a capstone course focused on major research issues in biology. Five courses are required, with the opportunity to pursue a research interest if desired.
Environmental Science minor
The Environmental Science minor provides a core understanding of the issues and challenges of protecting the environment, and the techniques to preserve it. The minor is available to students majoring in business or seeking a second minor. Five courses are required for the minor, which offer a critical understanding of the field.
Biotechnology is the commercial application of living organisms that involves the deliberate manipulation of DNA. Biotechnology broadly impacts markets in human health, agriculture, and the forensic sciences. In the required courses for the minor, students will learn basic chemistry, biology , and the technology of manipulating DNA through "hands-on" lab experiences. In the elective courses they will be exposed to applications of biotechnology in diverse markets and begin to appreciate the profound legal, social, economic, and ethical implications of this technology for our society.