College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology - Undergraduate Programs

Why Biology?

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Biology is one of the most interdisciplinary of all the sciences and its study prepares students for a range of careers in health and medicine, the environmental field, agriculture, research, and education.  The Department of Biology helps students pursue their educational goals by delivering a modern curriculum rooted in scientific inquiry.  Faculty with expertise in many specialties of the discipline teach and actively conduct research with students.  Students have the opportunity to pursue areas of concentration within the discipline, earn an Honors degree in Biology, or earn a Research Certificate in Biology.  More than half of all graduates earning a bachelor of science degree in Biology from Purdue University Fort Wayne continue on to pursue graduate or professional degrees.

Interested in teaching Biology at the middle school/high school level? See details on pursuing a second major in secondary education in the School of Education Secondary Education section in this catalog.

Biology (B.S.)

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Biology is one of the most interdisciplinary of all the sciences.  In addition to biology, the discipline requires a broad background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.  This background enables the biologist to study the evolution of life; manifestations of life from the level of viruses, bacteria, and individual cells to the structure and function of organisms; and interactions of living organisms with each other and their environment. 

Biology B.S. with Concentration in Genetics, Cellular, and Molecular Biology

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 This concentration within the Biology B.S. degree prepares students to be at the forefront of genetics, cellular and molecular biology.  Students share a common curriculum of traditional biology coursework, along with in-depth training in the aforementioned areas.  Students not only learn basic concepts, but also the most up-to-date laboratory and bioinformatics techniques employed in genetics, cellular and molecular biology.  This in-depth education and training enables students to be highly competitive for entry into graduate, medical, and other professional schools, as well as for securing jobs in health care, pharmaceutical and drug discovery, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental fields.

Biology B.S. with Concentration in Microbiology and Immunology

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This concentration within the Biology B.S. serves students with an interest in microbiology and immunology.  It provides preparation for those students who plan to further their education in a professional program, such as medical school or medical technology, as well as those pursuing a graduate program in basic or applied research.  Furthermore, the program equips students with wet lab knowledge and experiences that are fundamental to many jobs in industry and public health.

Biology B.S. with Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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This concentration within the Biology B.S. serves students with an interest in the complex interactions between organisms and the surrounding environment.  It provides preparation for professions in environmental monitoring, research, and education for positions within governmental agencies, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry.  This concentration also provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in preparation for graduate study in the area.  There is an emphasis on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the curriculum, as well as theoretical and applied ecology.

Pre-professional Study

Any concentration can be used to pursue a professional track. Those seeking careers in dentistry, medical technology, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, medicine and other related health fields, forestry and agriculture should consult with their academic advisor before deciding what specific elective courses in biology to take. Detailed and early planning is necessary.

Departmental Honors Degree in Biology

You may earn an Honors Degree in Biology by achieving an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and a Biology GPA of 3.50 or higher while completing at least 6 research credits. Research credits should be composed of BIOL 59500, although BIOL 29500 credits will be accepted if it can be demonstrated that the BIOL 29500 research was conducted on the same topic as the BIOL 59500 research. A senior thesis committee of three faculty members must be established at least one semester before graduation. Students must prepare a plan of research, senior thesis, and give a public oral presentation of the thesis research for review by the thesis committee. Students earning the Departmental Honors Degree in Biology are not eligible for the Biology Research Certificate.