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Degree Programs

Students in the Department of Biological Sciences can choose to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in one of four areas:

  • Biology
  • Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
  • Teaching

For those seeking a two-year degree, the Department offers an Associate's Degree in Science with an emphasis in Biology.

Students may also pursue a minors in:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Forensic Science 

For those who are interested in going on for further education in the Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, or Graduate School please also consult the Pre-Professional Preparation webpage and their advisors in Biology.

The strength of the Biology concentration lies in its flexibility. This means that students take core required courses as they begin their degree programs and then go on to specialize in their fields of interest with their upper-division classes. So, whether a student chooses to pursue a career in the Medical Sciences or Wildlife Biology or any other specialty in the biological sciences, the degree program is individualized enough to ensure excellent preparation.

Required Coursework for the Biology Concentration

  • Attributes of Living Systems (BIOL 105)
  • Attributes of Living Systems Lab (BIOL 105L)
  • Principles of Animal Biology (BIOL 106)
  • Principles of Animal Biology Lab (BIOL 106L)
  • Principles of Plant Biology (BIOL 107)
  • Principles of Plant Biology Lab (BIOL 107L)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 208)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution Lab (BIOL 208L)
  • Principles of Genetics (BIOL 301)
  • Principles of Genetics Lab (BIOL 301L)
  • Senior Thesis (BIOL 483)

In addition to these courses, biology majors must also satisfy lower-division requirements in ESSENTIAL LEARNING, MATH, CHEMISTRY, and PHYSICS. Additional upper-division coursework in Biology is also required for the completion of the Bachelor's degree in Biology.

For a listing of upper-division courses offered in BIOLOGY, see the Colorado Mesa University catalog. The catalog may be viewed online in the ACADEMICS section of the website.

The concentration in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology provides a solid background in cell and molecular biology, genetics, and developmental biology.  Students begin by taking core required courses and then go on to specialize in their fields of interest with further upper-division coursework.  This concentration prepares graduates for many career options including medicine, cell biology, and biotechnology. 

Required Coursework for the Cellular, Moldular, and Developmental Biology Concentration

  • Attributes of Living Systems (BIOL 105)
  • Attributes of Living Systems Lab (BIOL 105L)
  • Diversity of Organisms (BIOL 108)
  • Diversity of Organisms Lab (BIOL 108L)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 208)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution Lab (BIOL 208L)
  • Principles of Genetics (BIOL 301)
  • Principles of Genetics Lab (BIOL 301L)
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 302)
  • Developmental Biology (BIOL 310)
  • Developmental Biology Lab (BIOL 310L)
  • Laboratory Investigations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 371L)
  • Molecular Genetics (BIOL 425)
  • Senior Thesis (BIOL 483)

In addition to these courses, biology majors must also satisfy lower-division requirements in ESSENTIAL LEARNING, MATH, CHEMISTRY, and PHYSICS. Additional upper-division coursework in Biology and Chemistry (including a year of Organic Chemistry and a semester of Biochemistry) is also required for the completion of the Bachelor's degree in Biology for this concentration.

For a listing of upper-division courses offered in BIOLOGY, see the Colorado Mesa University catalog. The catalog may be viewed online in the ACADEMICS section of the website.

The concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology provides a solid foundation in ecology, evolution, and organismal diversity.  Students begin by taking core required courses and then go on to specialize in their fields of interest with further upper-division coursework.  This concentration prepares graduates for many career options including fish and wildlife biology, botany, zoology, and ecology.

Required Coursework for the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Concentration

  • Attributes of Living Systems (BIOL 105)
  • Attributes of Living Systems Lab (BIOL 105L)
  • Principles of Animal Biology (BIOL 106)
  • Principles of Animal Biology Lab (BIOL 106L)
  • Principles of Plant Biology (BIOL 107)
  • Principles of Plant Biology Lab (BIOL 107L)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 208)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution Lab (BIOL 208L)
  • Principles of Genetics (BIOL 301)
  • Principles of Genetics Lab (BIOL 301L)
  • Evolution (BIOL 403)
  • Advanced Ecological Methods (BIOL 405)
  • Advanced Ecological Methods Lab (BIOL 405L)
  • Senior Thesis (BIOL 483)

In addition to these courses, biology majors must also satisfy lower-division requirements in ESSENTIAL LEARNING, MATH, CHEMISTRY, and PHYSICS. Additional upper-division coursework in Biology is also required for the completion of the Bachelor's degree in Biology for this concentration.

For a listing of upper-division courses offered in BIOLOGY, see the Colorado Mesa University catalog. The catalog may be viewed online in the ACADEMICS section of the website.

Biology students wishing to teach at the Secondary Level begin their degree programs by taking courses that give them an excellent background not only in Biology but also in Chemistry, Geology, and Physics. This ensures that they will perform well on all of the sections of the exam they will need to take to earn their licensure in Secondary Education in Science.

Required Coursework for the Teaching Concentration

  • Principles of Animal Biology (BIOL 106)
  • Principles of Animal Biology Lab (BIOL 106L)
  • Principles of Plant Biology (BIOL 107)
  • Principles of Plant Biology Lab (BIOL 107L)
  • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 121)
  • Principles of Chemistry Lab (CHEM 121L)
  • Principles of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 122)
  • Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab (CHEM 122L)
  • Principles of Physical Geology (GEOL 111) or Field Based Introduction to Physical Geology (GEOL 113)
  • Principles of Physical Geology Lab (GEOL 111L) or Field Based Introduction to Physical Geology Lab(GEOL 113L)
  • Principles of Historical Geology (GEOL 112)
  • Principles of Historical Geology Lab (GEOL 112L)
  • General Physics I (PHYS 111)
  • General Physics Lab I (PHYS 111L)
  • General Physics II (PHYS 112)
  • General Physics II Lab (PHYS 112L)

In addition to these requirements, students in this concentration must also satisfy ESSENTIAL LEARNING requirements and take upper-division courses in BIOLOGY and in EDUCATION in order to graduate.

For more information about the secondary licensure program and how to obtain admission into the Program, please contact the Center for Teacher Education at 970-248-1786. For a listing of upper-division courses in BIOLOGY and EDUCATION, see the Colorado Mesa University catalog. The catalog may be viewed online in the ACADEMICS section of the website.

Students wishing to earn an Associate's Degree in Science with an emphasis in Biology begin by taking coursework that will give them a solid foundation in the Biological Sciences. They then complete their two-year degrees by choosing several courses from upper-division offerings in Biology. If, in the future, they choose to pursue a four-year degree, the core required courses that they have taken for their Associate's degree will give them a head start on the Bachelor's Degree in Biology.

Required Coursework for the Associate's Degree, Biology Emphasis

  • Attributes of Living Systems (BIOL 105)
  • Attributes of Living Systems Lab (BIOL 105L)
  • Principles of Animal Biology (BIOL 106)
  • Principles of Animal Biology (BIOL 106L)
  • Principles of Plant Biology (BIOL 107)
  • Principles of Plant Biology (BIOL 107L)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 208)
  • Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution Lab (BIOL 208L)

In addition to these courses, students must also complete requirements in GENERAL EDUCATION, MATH, and upper-division coursework of their choice in Biology in order to earn their Associate's Degree in Science.

Students interested in earning a Minor in Biology begin by taking a number of core courses in Biology. Then, to complete the minor, they choose among the many upper-division courses offered by the Department.

Core Coursework for the Minor in Biology

  • Attributes of Living Systems (BIOL 105)
  • Attributes of Living Systems Lab (BIOL 105L)
  • Principles of Animal Biology (BIOL 106)
  • Principles of Animal Biology Lab (BIOL 106L)
  • Principles of Plant Biology (BIOL 107)
  • Principles of Plant Biology Lab (BIOL 107L)

In addition to these courses, students must take a number of upper-division courses in BIOLOGY in consultation with their advisors.

For a listing of upper-division courses in BIOLOGY, see the student resources section of the Colorado Mesa University website.

Students interested in earning a Minor in Forensic Science are required to take a number of core courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Forensic Anthropology. Then, to complete the minor, they choose from a list of electives offered by Biology, Chemistry, and/or Forensic Anthropology.  This minor will enhance students' skills in the molecular biology, analytical chemistry, and criminalistic techniques used in forensic investigations.

Core Coursework for the Minor in Forensic Science

  • Genetics (BIOL 301)*
  • Genetics Lab (BIOL 301L)*
  • Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 301)*
  • Analytical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 301L)*
  • Biochemistry I (CHEM 315)*
  • Biochemistry I Lab (CHEM 315L)*
  • Survey of Forensic Science (FOAN 232)
  • Survey of Forensic Science Lab (FOAN 232L)
  • Professional Issues in Forensic Science (FOAN 480)*

*Please note that these courses have lower-division pre-requisites that must be satisfied before students can enroll in them.

As mentioned above, in addition to these courses, students must choose two courses (7-8 credits) from a list of electives in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Forensic Anthropology to complete the minor.

For a complete listing of courses offered in BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, and FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY see the Colorado Mesa University catalog. The catalog may be viewed online in the ACADEMICS section of the website.

Declaring your Major

Choosing an academic advisor early on during your Program is one of the most important keys to success! To declare a major or minor in Biology, please speak to Julie Fredlund in the Biology/PES Office in the Wubben Science Building, WS 232. She can also be reached at 970.248.1993.

Program Sheets

Program Sheets for the degree programs in Biology can be downloaded directly from the ACADEMICS section of the Colorado Mesa University website. They can also obtained from the BIOLOGY/PES Office in the Wubben Science Building, WS 232. For more information, please call Julie Frelund at 970.248.1993.