Frequently asked Questions

Here are the answers to commonly asked questions about our Biology programs.

What percentage of biology majors go on to professional health programs such as medical school, dental school, veterinary school and graduate programs? 

Each year approximately 65% of our graduating seniors continue their education in professional health programs. 

What percentage of biology majors is involved in undergraduate research? 

The percentage of graduating seniors who have participated in undergraduate research while at the university is approximately 60%.  In any given year at least 30% of undergraduates perform enough research to give a poster session at a scientific meeting or at our own Stander Symposium. 

What is the average class size in biology?

Introductory biology lecture courses will have between 30 and 50 students and the accompanying laboratories will generally enroll 12-20 students per laboratory.  The advanced biology lecture courses range from 4 to 50 students with an average class size of 18.

Who can I expect to teach the lecture courses?

All biology majors lecture courses are taught by faculty with Ph.D. degrees in biology or a related sub-discipline.

What kinds of career opportunities are available with a B.S. Biology?

The 2002 edition of the Jobs Rated Almanac ranked "Biologist" as the top job out of 250 jobs reviewed. This ranking evaluates jobs based on employment opportunities, salary and job satisfaction.  With the completion of the mapping of the human genome and application of molecular biology, biologists are in high demand and pay is lucrative.

What kind of assistance is there in terms of career planning for biology majors?

We have built career development into our formal curriculum through three classes.  It begins in the first semester of the first year and continues through the senior year.  This includes a requirement for developing a resume in the first semester and introducing students to the various kinds of career opportunities in biology. 

Will my AP class in Biology count toward college credit in biology?

A student with an AP test score in biology of 4 will receive credit for the first semester of Introductory Biology (Bio 151) and the accompanying laboratory (Bio 151L).  A score of 5 will count as a full year of college introductory biology with laboratories.