About the Program
The biology program offers small lab-based courses taught by faculty with expertise in biology, neuroscience, environmental science, paleontology, and biochemistry. You will have access to state-of-the-art labs in our LEED Certified Meldrum Science Center for both coursework and research projects. When you sign up for field courses, Utah’s deserts, mountains, and Great Salt Lake become your classroom.
Recent biology graduates are accepted to professional and graduate schools at a rate of 50-100% each year, or enter the workforce prepared for success.
What You'll Learn
- Develop an understanding of the major concepts in the biological sciences, focusing on sub-fields like evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, ecology, global change biology, and microbiology.
- Understand the scientific method and use it to address biological questions.
- Critically evaluate biological data to formulate valid conclusions.
- Communicate data in both written and verbal formats.
- Develop lab and field techniques and skills specific to an area of specialization within biology.
- Explore relationships between science and society, and evaluate the ethical implications of scientific study.
Plan of Study
You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses in ecology, genetics, cell biology, and organisms and evolution. As you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses ranging from astrobiology to paleontology, while participating in undergraduate research that aligns with your interests. To complete your degree, you’ll also take courses in chemistry, physics, and math.
Stem Cells and Development
In this class, you’ll learn about stem cell therapy and regeneration. You’ll investigate how things like signal transduction, gene regulation, and epigenetic mechanisms influence stem cells. You’ll examine model systems, explore medical applications, and apply what you learn by working on research projects with your classmates.
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe. You’ll study a mix of physics, astronomy, biology, geology, and math, asking where and under what conditions life can arise and exist in the universe.