Students majoring in Biology (non–teaching) must complete a total of 1201 credit hours of University courses. This includes a minimum of 42 semester hours of General Education Requirements, 29 semester hours of departmental core courses, 15 semester hours of program electives, 31 semester hours of supportive courses and 3 semester hours of free electives. The specific courses taken in the undergraduate program are generally chosen based on the goals of the student for their future career.
The Ecology and Organismal Biology track of the Biology Program provides strong preparation for students interested in Biology at the whole organism or systems level. Students are equally prepared for advanced study in biology and related fields, and for modern careers in ecology, conservation, natural resource management, botany, entomology or animal behavior, among other disciplines.
The objectives of the Biology program are to:
- Provide Biology majors in the Department of Natural Sciences with the knowledge and information necessary to achieve success in graduate and/or professional schools and the workforce;
- Provide Biology majors with advanced knowledge and information in the fields general Biology and/or Ecology;
- Increase the level of competency in laboratory techniques and skills of Biology majors in the Department of Natural Sciences; and
- Develop technical communication and critical thinking skills of Biology majors in the Department of Natural Sciences and train the same through mentoring and personal experience to conduct scientific research.
A Biology degree provides access to many career opportunities based on a person’s interests and undergraduate preparation. Biologists can pursue ecology and organismal biology degrees for entrance into specialized areas of medicine, dentistry, academia, research or consulting careers, as well as many opportunities in biological system management with private firms, local, state and federal governments. Three resources for careers opportunities are available at the following websites: Sciencecareers.sciencemag.org covers all sciences while www.aibs.org/careers covers all areas of Biology, and www.epa.gov covers federal opportunities in the ecological and environmental fields.
1Minimum Maryland Higher Education Committee (MHEC) requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree.