Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
This general biology degree provides you with a solid scientific foundation in the discipline. We offer a wide selection of biology electives to match a wide range of career goals.
Our program enhances your success through small class sizes that offer direct interactions with faculty members in both classroom and laboratory settings. You’ll also be able to take advantage of extensive research opportunities. These experiences prepare you for a number of scientific careers and graduate or professional programs.
This program includes a biology core curriculum (17 credits), a general education core (30 credits), a science core (63 credits), and choice of biological electives (10 credits), for a total of 120 credits. You’re also required to take the Major Field Test in Biology.
Develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in biology and learn essential lab skills.
- BIOL 10100 – Introductory Biology
- BIOL 10700 – Freshman Experience In Biological Sciences
- CHM 11500 – General Chemistry
Complete 80 percent of the required core in biology by your second year. You’re encouraged to take biostatistics and declare a concentration.
- BIOL 24400 – Genetics
- CHM 25500 – Organic Chemistry
- CHM 25501 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Develop oral and written communication skills in upper-level biology courses.
- PHYS 22100 – General Physics
- CHM 32400 – Survey of Environmental Chemistry
Take the biology capstone course, complete graduation requirements and further prepare for future endeavors.
- BIOL 31100 – Introduction To Evolution
- BIOL 42600 – Senior Capstone
As a biological sciences major, you’ll explore upper-level course offerings in a broad range of subdisciplines. We offer small class sizes that promote active learning and flexibility in your course selection. You’ll also get the opportunity to supplement your education and research with community involvement.
In this program, you’ll be able to:
- Develop holistic understanding of biological principles
- Gain practical lab skills
- Take advantage of internships and research experiences
Biological Sciences students can apply for:
- Biology Scholarship
- Donald Clark Memorial Scholarship
- Robert G. Husted, M.D. Scholarship
- Science & Nursing Memorial Talent Award
Beyond the Classroom
Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, pursue internships and join student clubs or organizations.
Career paths for graduates of this program include:
- Laboratory or environmental technician
- Science sales representative in the agricultural, biomedical, environmental or pharmaceutical industries
Our alumni are employed at a number of public and private organizations, including:
- United States Geological Survey
- Mérieux Nutrisciences
- National Park Service
PNW provided me with a strong science foundation. I was able to build a relationship with many of the faculty and staff. They taught me leadership and allowed me to grow as an individual.
“Faculty and staff make themselves available at the student’s convenience for any assistance the student may need, whether it be something as trivial as homework help or a topic of significance in that student's life, such as course registration and career counseling. With the help of such admirable faculty, I graduated with B.S. degrees in both Biotechnology and Chemistry in four years.”
I chose PNW because of its flexible program. The professors are very active and accessible. Their courses are challenging with a focus on current developments and techniques. Furthermore, the financial support allowed me to graduate debt free.
The 500-level classes are small and interactive. The lab classes prepare you to perform basic laboratory and research techniques. I learned so much from my research project as well as from my experiences as a graduate teaching assistant.
Meet the Faculty
Professor of Biological Sciences and Graduate Program Coordinator
My research interests are in applied food and environmental microbiology.
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Dr. Gielda is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. Her research and teaching focus is in the field of medical microbiology and immunology, with an emphasis in molecular biology.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Evolutionary history of mammals, focusing on early Cenozoic taxa. Study areas for these forms are phylogenetics, locomotor evolution and the evolution of the carnivoran brain.