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Information About Majoring in Biology

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Our program has numerous degree options

Note that tracks and concentrations are specific courses of study but only a concentration is mentioned on a diploma.

BS in Biology
BS in Biology (Pre-Medical and Allied Health Track)
BS in Biology (Pre-Graduate School Track)
BS in Biology (Clinical Science/Medical Technology Track)
BS in Biology with a Concentration in Biotechnology (this is also appropriate for pre-medical students)
BA in Human Biological Sciences (this degree is for students interested in a career as a Physician's Assistant)
Biology Minor
MS in Biology (Thesis Option)
MS in Biology (Non-thesis Option)

Roadmaps for Graduation

Four-year Roadmap
Five-year Roadmap

Concentration Outlines

Biology Catalog 2011-2013
Biotechnology Catalog 2011-2013
Human Biological Sciences Catalog 2011-2013

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Pre-medical Students

Biology is the ideal major for students interested in applying to medical school after graduation.  There are two reasons for this:
1. A degree in Biology will best prepare you to succeed on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). A good score on this exam is very important for getting into medical school. Here is a link that describes the biology content on the MCAT and you should note the biology topics are more extensive than other fields:  If you major in a discipline other than biology (this includes biochemistry) you will be less well prepared for the biology portion of the MCAT. If you do major in another field, you should consider taking extra courses in physiology, genetics, microbiology, research design and analysis, and evolution to prepare for the exam. The alternative is to learn these areas on your own.
2. When you get to medical school you will take many classes that cover topics in biology, thus you will likely find an easier transition to taking courses in medical school because topics will be more familiar.