Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences offers four concentrations that allow for specialized areas of study. Any of these concentrations are suitable for pre-med students, provided the required psychology and biochemistry requirements are met.

General Biology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework can be tailored to an individual student’s needs and interests.
  • Ideal for students who desire flexibility to pursue a wide breadth of biological science topics.

Molecular Biology Concentration

  • ASBMB Accredited. 
  • Advanced coursework in biochemistry, bioinformatics and cell & molecular biology.
  • Ideal for students interested in medicine, public health, and epidemiology and genetic counseling.

 Physiology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework in human physiology including immunology, neurobiology and endocrinology.
  • Ideal for students interested in human and animal physiology and health & disease.

 Evolution & Organismal Biology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework in evolution, ecology and biodiversity.
  • Ideal for students interested in conservation, sustainability and the environment.

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Dual Degree Programs

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Education

    Students begin as a Biology major, taking all Biology requirements. In the third year, students apply to the School of Education for admission into the M.S. program. During the fourth year, students begin taking education courses and, during the fifth year, take exclusively education courses. 

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Environmental Science and Management

    Students apply directly to the Environmental Science and Management program and, after acceptance, can choose to study for a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Environmental Science. All the requirements for the Biology degree are the same as for a Biology major but, in the forth year, courses in environmental science are taken. These courses count toward biology electives and ESM requirements. 

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Forensic Science and Law

  • Students gain a foundation in biology, chemistry, and law with the necessary course work to apply to the M.S. in Forensic Science and Law program. Students will also accrue all of the prerequisite courses to continue into medical, dental, graduate, or law school, should they choose one of those paths.

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Biological Sciences Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to provide Biology students with an opportunity to turn their undergraduate research experience into a formal honors thesis. Students conduct a results-based independent research project under the tutelage of a Faculty member while participating in a seminar course designed for students doing undergraduate research. The student will write an honors thesis and communicate their work publicly.

The program integrates all components of the biological sciences- basic research and the scientific method, study of primary literature, and communication of advanced scientific knowledge. Students who have experience doing independent research are invited to apply to the Honors Program no later than the spring of their junior year.  See requirements below.

Requirements for the Honors Program

Requirements for admittance to the Biological Sciences Honors Program

  • Student must be a biology major
  • Research experience with a Faculty mentor from the Department of Biology. On a case-by-case basis, we may allow faculty mentors from other departments.
  • Successful completion of two credits of BIOL 398 or 399. Participation in the summer URP may count as one credit.
Completed application for the program includes:
  • A 1-2 page statement describing the objectives of your independent research and results obtained to date.  Statement must explain how your research is unique from that of others working in your research lab.
  • Your resume.
  • Your transcripts.
  • Contract with your research mentor.
Applications are due by March 30th.
It is strongly advised that you meet with the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Sarah Woodley, woodleysFREEDUQUESNE.