Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences
The B.A. in Biological Sciences is a popular choice for students who are interested
in a career in areas such as wildlife management or environmental law and is often combined with a minor in a discipline such as Psychology, History, Alaska
Native Studies, History, English, a Foreign Language or Music.
The B.A. in Biological Sciences is also popular with pre-medical students who wish to acquire and demonstrate academic skills and interests that extend beyond the pure sciences.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor or Science in Biological Sciences will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts in the biological sciences: evolution; structure and function relationships; information flow; exchange and storage; transformation of energy and matter.
- Apply the process of science and construct knowledge through observations, experimentation, quantitative reasoning and hypothesis testing.
- Read, analyze and synthesize primary literature, and communicate scientific concepts and data in written and oral form.
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
Students must choose either the Biological Sciences, or Microbiological Sciences Option.
The B.S. in Biological Sciences is a popular choice for students who are interested in pursuing careers in biological research as it provides strong preparation for relevant graduate school programs such as an M.S. in Biological Sciences or a PhD. The B.S. in Biological Sciences is also a good choice for students who are interested in moving directly into a biological or environmental career.
This B.S. in Biological Sciences Is also a popular choice for pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary students as combining the degree requirements with the relevant professional school pre-requisites is relatively straight forward and as it enables these students to demonstrate interest and ability in a relevant discipline.
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Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences
Students must choose either the Environmental Sciences, Pre-Health Professions, or General Sciences Option.
The B.S. in Natural Sciences is a popular choice for students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM teaching at the secondary school level as the breadth of the program provides them with the qualifications and skills that they need to obtain and to excel in such positions.
The flexible nature of this degree has made it popular with a wide variety of Science students and it is often combined with a minor in a second discipline such as Psychology, Physics or Mathematics. The three options associated with the degree are intended to maintain this flexibility while still ensuring that students who wish to use it as a stepping stone towards a biological, environmental or medical career are able to do so.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences will be able to:
- Design and implement scientific investigations to explore natural phenomena using experimentation, which includes exploration and discovery, and testing ideas (gathering and interpreting data)
- Clearly and accurately communicate scientific ideas, theories, and observations in oral and written forms
- Apply scientific data, concepts, and models to craft interdisciplinary explanations of scientific ideas across two of the natural sciences