Biological Sciences

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Biological Sciences

About the Major

The biological sciences major allows for a broad overview of biology and provides an opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of biology of interest to you. The core program includes courses in mathematics, general and organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and biology that emphasize breadth as well as depth.

Download the CBS Majors Diagram to compare the biological sciences degree requirements (bachelor of science or bachelor of arts) to all other degrees offered in our college. For detailed information about this major, visit Undergraduate Admissions, or click on the links to the left.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Describe the molecular and structural unity of all life and explain how the diversity of life is generated and perpetuated; exemplify this diversity among and within life's three domains.
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge of how genetics and biochemistry are used to elucidate cell organization and function.
  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge of how microbes, plants and animals develop and function within their environments.
  • 4. Address scientific questions using quantitative approaches and critical reasoning, including developing hypotheses, analyzing data, and interpreting results.
  • 5. Communicate scientific data and concepts.


The biological sciences degree provides suitable preparation for a wide variety of careers, including teaching, biological research, work with various governmental agencies or with private companies, and all the health sciences. It provides an excellent background for students wishing to enter a graduate program in biology, a teacher-training program, a health professional school, or other professional schools.