Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences address many of the most important and fundamental questions about our world: What is life? How does our brain produce our ideas and emotions? What are the limits to human life and physical capabilities? How do we feed the world's growing population? How can we ensure that our children won't have to worry about disease? Moreover, there has never been a more exciting and important time to study biology. From the mapping of the genome to understanding the molecular basis of human disease to predicting the effects of global climate change on ecosystems to understanding fundamental processes that produce and sustain life on Earth, the Biological Sciences are at the forefront of finding answers to some of society's most vexing problems.

This program teaches biology as a multidisciplinary science, reflecting the increasing role of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and advanced technologies in the life sciences.


  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Human Biology 
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology


Major Preparation

  • Two semesters of general biology
  • Two semester sequence in calculus
  • Two semester of calculus-based physics
  • Two semester sequence in general chemistry with lab
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab  
For more information on lower division general education for the School of Natural Sciences, visit our general education page.

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Careers in Biological Sciences

  • Graduate programs and professional schools in preparation for careers in basic and applied biological research, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health-related fields
  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Health Care
  • Conservation Management
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Policy
  • Business
  • Teaching