Biology



Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Through fieldwork, experimentation, research, and internships, biology students learn about the world we live in by engaging in the process of scientific inquiry. Our biology program has a robust core of organismal and molecular biology, with a strong focus on hands-on laboratory and undergraduate research. In fact, students receive credit for experiential learning such as research projects and internships, and many of our students present their work at national conferences.

Who It's For

Our program creates biologists who are creative, curious, and think critically about the world around them. Our challenging coursework and distinctive research opportunities prepare you to attend medical or veterinary school, attend graduate school in the sciences, teach biology in secondary schools, work in biotechnology, science writing, or a myriad of other careers.

Key Benefits

  • Undergraduate research is prominent in our program so you’ll have lots of opportunities to learn first-hand how new knowledge is generated.
  • You can earn credit toward your degree by completing internships, working on research projects, and serving as a teaching assistant.
  • You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to customize your degree plan to focus on the sub-field that most interests you.
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Other Biology Programs

We also offer a minor in biology, which is a great supplement to a degree in chemistry, geology, neuroscience, or physics.

About the Program

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.

Sample Courses

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

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.

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Career Opportunities

83%

of our biology graduates have been accepted to professional and graduate programs over the last 10 years.

Potential Careers

  • Ecologist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Science Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Microbiologist
  • Dentist
  • Biotechnology researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Bioengineer
  • Forensic Science Technician

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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