Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in biology.
Courses offered in the Biology Department allow students to choose from several areas of study, including preparation for graduate programs, careers in the health sciences, or industry or other areas in the biological sciences. Drake University’s biology program is notable for having a large number of new faculty actively engaged in research and a rich diversity of courses in traditional and modern areas of biology
Students who earn a B.S. or B.A. degree in biology and who meet the entrance requirements may apply to schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy or other health-related programs. Further opportunities include advanced study in graduate school or career positions with industry, government or private agencies in biologically related fields such as biotechnology and conservation biology.
Minimum of 32 credit hours in biology, which must include 6 courses having laboratory experiences (courses with “L” designations) and the following requirements:
And one course from each of the following five categories (asterisk * denotes courses with laboratory component):
Additional requirements for the major include:
B.A. Degree: Students pursuing the B.A. degree also must take one course of at least 3 credit hours in either calculus, statistics or Computer Science 65.
First-Year Students: First-year students who plan to major in biology are encouraged to enroll in Biology 15 (Introduction to Biology) during the fall semester of their first year. Students have the responsibility to develop their program of study and review it with their faculty adviser in biology.
B.S. Degree: For the B.S. degree, Computer Science 65 or a course in calculus is recommended. The BS degree program is designed to provide experience in research, and students pursuing this degree must complete Biology 99 (Biological Research and Statistical Methods) or its equivalent, and Biology 197 (Undergraduate Research). All undergraduate research projects must be planned with the assistance of the faculty adviser and given approval by the Biology Department prior to the research experience.
No more than 2 credit hours of Biology 197 or its equivalent can be applied toward the Biology major. At the conclusion of their research project, students in the BS program must deliver a formal presentation on their research to the department and submit to the department a written or electronic document. Students are required to present their research project in the Biology 192 Seminar course, and must be enrolled in Biology 192 during the semester they give their presentation.
Program of study for minor: Completion of 20 credit hours in biology, at least 3 of which must be from laboratory courses. A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 must be achieved, and credit/no-credit courses may not be used for the minor. The program for the biology minor must be approved by the chair of the Biology Department.
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