Bachelor of Science in Biology

Offering career preparation in professional occupations such as pre-Medicine, pre-Dentistry, pre-Optometry, pre-Veterinary Medicine, pre-Pharmacy, pre-Physical Therapy and other Allied Health fields as well as biological disciplines including Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Fisheries/Aquatic Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

Career Outlook

Many students interest in professional careers in medicine and other health-related fields choose biology as their undergraduate major. Excellent career possibilities exist for students in secondary and college/university teaching and research. Kentucky and other states as well as federal agencies hire wildlife and fisheries students, and there is also a need for environmental consultants in the private sector. A brief list of additional occupations with a background in biology include genetic counseling, biotechnology, conservation ecology, microbiology, toxicology, paleontology, herpetology, ecology, limnology, physiology, pharmaceutical sales representative and medical research. Most of these occupations require additional training at the M.S. or Ph.D. levels.

Specialization Options

The Department of Biological Sciences offers undergraduate majors in:

Research Opportunities

The faculty in biology are committed to the principle that one of the most exciting and rewarding undergraduate experiences is working on an independent research project. Research strengths of the department include fisheries/aquatic biology, limnology, wildlife biology, mammalogy, physiological ecology, paleontology and evolution, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics, microbial ecology, developmental biology, parasitology, and botany. Most faculty have research labs and are supported by grants. Students may participate in national and international field trips, internships and cooperative programs. 


Departmental facilities include lecture rooms and more than 20 laboratories in the Blackburn Science Building and teaching laboratories in a new Biology building. The college also operates the Hancock Biological Station (HBS), a year-round teaching/research facility on Kentucky Lake. The HBS includes classrooms, labs, and cabins for students and visiting investigators. The HBS, along with the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center (MARC) and Chemical Services Lab (CSL), comprise the university's Center for Reservoir Research.

A remnant cypress swamp, Murphy's Pond, is another resource available for student research.

A computer lab and visual aids center is operated through the Science Resource Center in the Blackburn Science Building.


Suggested Curriculum Outline, BS in Biology


Fall Year 1 Hrs. Spring Year 1 Hrs.
 BIO 100T Transitions  BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis
 BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life  CHE 202 General Chem & Quantitative Analysis 5
 CHE 201 General College Chemistry OR MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry  MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry OR MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I 5
 ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing & Inquiry    
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3    
Total 16 Total 14
Fall Year 2   Spring Year 2  
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4 BIO 330 Principles of Ecology 4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4 CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5 BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
CHE 201 World Civilization I OR CIV 202 World Civilization II 3 XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
Total 16 Total 14
Fall Year 3   Spring Year 3  
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4 BIO 333 Genetics 4
BIO 305 Evolution 3 CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4 BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3 XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 3
 XXX XXX Unrestricted Electives    
 Total 17   Total  14
Fall Year 4   Spring Year 4  
BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4 BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
XXX XXX Social Studies Elective 3 XXX XXX electives to complete 42 hours  
XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 4 of upper level credit (300+) and   
XXX XXX Ethics Elective (e.g., BIO 308) 3 120 total hours 14
Total 14 Total 15