Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in biology.
Biology is the study of life and all its remarkable forms and processes. Pursuing a degree in biology will be very rewarding, exciting and valuable. Biologists learn and study how living things work from the level of cells to the level of ecosystems and the biosphere. The Drake Biology program is designed to build a solid foundation of general biological understanding while at the same time providing opportunities for students to develop expertise in a more specific discipline.
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, conservation biology, food science, agriculture and forensic science.
Minimum of 32 credit hours in biology, which must include 6 courses having laboratory experiences (courses with “L” designations) and the following requirements:
One course from each of the five core areas is needed:
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: The B.S. degree program in Biology is designed to provide significant experience in biological research by engaging students in genuine scientific investigations similar to what students will encounter in their future careers . Students will become collaborators with faculty and contribute to all aspects of a research project from proposal and hypothesis formation to data analysis, interpretation and presentation. The research typically occurs at Drake University with Drake faculty, but it could also happen during an off-campus experience with a non-Drake adviser (e.g., study abroad, local workplaces). Off campus research still requires a Biology faculty adviser (through enrollment in BIO 197 or 197L).
Students planning to complete a B.S. in Biology should obtain a copy of the full description of the B.S. requirements from their advisor or the department office by their sophomore year.
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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