Feb 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, Health Professions Track, B.A.

The B.A. degree in Biology provides the same comprehensive core, research experience and capstone as the B.S. degree, but its two tracks are tailored to be compatible with a second major (Biology Professions track) or with the requirements of professional schools in such allied health areas as nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, pharmacy, or optometry (Health Professions track). Students choosing the Biology Professions track need an additional major in a complementary area such as environmental studies, neuroscience, physics, mathematics, computer science, business, etc. Students preparing for secondary education should complete the B.S. Biology Education track. Students planning to continue to graduate programs in the biological sciences or to medical, dental or veterinary programs should consider the B.S. degree in Biology instead.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Biology .

Major Requirements

Research Experience

Students must complete a research experience which is presented in BIOL 490 - Seminar ; students take the zero-credit BIOL 290 - Seminar  once as participants/evaluators and the two credit BIOL 390 - Careers in Biological Sciences  once before presenting. The research experience could be any of the following:

  • Complete the BIOL 400  research course
  • Complete an on- or off-campus summer research program
  • Complete an independent research project with a faculty member
  • Complete a research-based internship or other project approved by the department chair

Health Professions Track Courses

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements  within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.