The Bachelor of Science in Biology is designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of career goals. Graduates are prepared to pursue employment in biological sciences or renewable resources management upon graduation or may go on to pursue graduate studies in these areas. This degree is also designed to provide appropriate preparation for students preparing to enter professional schools in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Department of Biological Sciences has developed 10 learning outcomes for students completing the Bachelor of Science in Biology. Students will be assessed as to achievement of these outcomes throughout their program of study and will be required to compile an electronic portfolio demonstrating their mastery of these outcomes. This portfolio will also serve as a method for graduates to demonstrate their accomplishments to prospective employers, professional schools or graduate programs.
- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the general principles of life.
- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the chemical properties, structural organization, and functional characteristics of living organisms.
- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the scientific method and be able to apply it to solve problems.
- Graduates will develop a behavior of questioning and analytical skills that lead to a life-long habit of learning.
- Graduates will demonstrate the potential to make use of their biological education when making decisions about environmental and political issues relating to science.
- Graduates will demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental concepts, including issues that affect Louisiana.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information verbally and in writing in a professional manner.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to find and evaluate scientific information.
- Graduates will have had exposure to field-specific literature.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to differentiate between ethical and unethical behavior with regard to science.
Students must meet all requirements for admission to the university, as specified on our Applying for Admissions site. The Bachelor of Science in Biology has no separate or special admission requirements.
- Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to baccalaureate degrees as specified on our Academic Requirements site.
- Students must complete at least 45 semester hours at the 3000 level or above and at least 15 semester hours at the 4000 level.
- Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in all courses listed under the Major Requirements section of the biology curriculum.