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
Minor in Neuroscience (New!)
This interdepartmental/multidisciplinary minor is designed to give students a foundation in the many different fields of neuroscience. This minor takes an integrative approach to prepare students for careers in neuroscience in order to meet workforce demands within academia, medicine, industry, government and legal services.
A total of 18 Credits is required for the minor.
- Neuroscience Minor
- PSY A370 Behavioral Neuroscience
- BIOL A413 Neurophysiology and/or BIOL A412 Behavioral Endocrinology
- PSY A316 Motivation and Emotion
- PSY A345 Abnormal Psychology
- PSY A468 Learning and Behavior
- PSY A468L Learning and Behavior Lab
- PSY A366 Sensation and Perception
- PSY A367 Cognitive Psychology
- PSY A428 Evolutionary Psychology
- PSY A498 Independent research
- BIOL A111 Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIOL 311 Experiential Learning: Animal Physiology
- BIOL A412 Behavioral Endocrinology
- BIOL A413 Neurophysiology
- BIOL A414 Chronobiology
- BIOL A252 Principles of Genetics
- BIOL A498 Independent research
- BIOL A452 Human genome
- MBIO A340 Microbiology
- Chem A441 Principles of Biochem 1
- Chem A442 Principles of Biochem 2
- Chem A498 Independent research
- Phil A309 Mind and Machines
- Kin A383 Movement Theory and Motor Development
- Kin A384 Cultural and Psychological Aspects of Health and Physical Activity
- ATA A331 Human Factors in Aviation
- ATP A433 Aerospace Physiology
- ANTH A205 Biological Anthropology
- BA A490A Artificial Intelligence – Business Applications
For more information regarding this minor, please contact Dr. Christopher Jung.