Biology

B.S.Biology   

This biology major is designed to provide students with a strong background in the many subjects of biology.  Students who complete this degree will understand the fundamentals of cellular, organismal, and evolutionary processes.  They will also be able to analyze biological problems, use technology to gather data, and effectively communicate their results.  This degree provides the necessary training to succeed in specific careers in government and industry but is not designed to prepare students to attend either graduate or professional schools.

B.S.Biology – Professional Option  

The Professional Option to the Biology Major is designed for students who plan to seek additional education after graduating from Dickinson State University.  Students planning on attending graduate school, medical school, dental school, physical therapy school, etc. should consider this more rigorous option of the standard B.S. Biology degree.  This biology major provides students with a strong background in the many subjects of biology.  Students who complete this degree will understand the fundamentals of cellular, organismal, and evolutionary processes.  They will also be able to analyze biological problems, use technology to gather data, and effectively communicate their results.

B.S.Biology – Wildlife Option  

The Wildlife Biology Option to the Biology Major is designed to strengthen the basic biology major for students interested in pursuing careers in wildlife management, wildlife population biology, or continuing graduate studies in wildlife biology/management.  Students pursuing the wildlife biology option focus their studies on organismal and population biology as well as community interactions and ecology.  Upon completion of the degree option, graduates should be able to interpret wildlife population trends, understand organismal habitat requirements and comprehend ecosystem level interactions.

B.S.E. Biology Education (Secondary Education)  

The biology major in education is designed for prospective secondary school teachers. The curriculum is planned to give the student (1) a broad general education, (2) specialized preparation in biology and (3) professional training necessary for effective teaching. In order to be admitted to the College of Education, the student needs to be evaluated and recommended by the Natural Sciences Advisory Committee. Contact the Natural Sciences Department chair for further information.

B.A.Biology  

This biology major has the same science requirements as the B.S. Biology, with the additional requirement of 16 credits of foreign language study.

Biology Minor  

This minor is designed to provide students with a background in the fundamental principles of biology by emphasizing core subjects in biology such as botany, zoology and genetics.  The biology minor best serves students majoring in the physical sciences or in disciplines outside of the natural sciences who are planning for careers that include some biological component. 

This strong minor consists of 35 hours of biology with 10 hours of chemistry. 

Biology Education Minor (Elementary or Secondary Education)    

The biology minor in education is designed for prospective elementary and secondary school teachers to accompany their major in another education field. The curriculum is planned to give the student specialized preparation in biology and the professional training necessary for effective teaching.


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