BS in Biology

Cottey College

Program Description

BS in Biology

Cottey College

Program Description

Biology is the study of living organisms and vital processes. Biologists investigate the structure, function, hereditary, and evolution of all living things – microorganisms, fungi, plants, and animals. These life forms are studied at all levels: molecule, cell, organism, and population. Through lab work and field work, biology majors acquire a basic understanding of organisms, their habitats, and the processes that govern their life activities.

Biology student presents her research on Bioluminescent Bacteria

At Cottey, we want to make sure that your biology education includes a broad range of topics and not just those that directly relate to biology. It’s important to have a strong background in scientific communication, leadership, and experiential learning, skills that will help you succeed not just at Cottey but throughout your career. Those skills are built into the biology curriculum and into our co-curricular offerings. At Cottey,

  • You can practice your scientific communication skills at national scientific conferences.
  • You can work with a professor to explore independent research during the semester or over the summer.
  • You can become a leader by attending CotteyWiSE meetings and networking with other women in science.

Is This Major For You?

Biology majors are inquisitive by nature and have a strong desire to understand the world around them. They are often analytical, like to problem solve, and have good organizational skills. While some biology majors prefer working in groups, most are independent and motivated. If this sounds like you, you should consider a degree in biology.

What Can You Do With a Biology Degree?

What can’t you do?! A biology degree from Cottey will help you master many skills that all types of employers are looking for, including leadership, problem-solving, and communication. Plus you’ll get first-hand experience with scientific concepts and techniques in our biology laboratories and our field site. You might decide to use your degree to fill one of the approximately 100,000 new jobs in fields related to biology. Possible careers include:

  • Research
  • Conservation
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture
  • Science writing
  • Wildlife management
  • Market research and/or quality control
  • Science policy
  • And many, many more!

A biology degree from Cottey will also prepare you for further study in several fields, such as:

  • A doctoral level study in biology, microbiology, ecology, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and many other subfields
  • A doctoral level study in physical therapy
  • Masters level study in genetic counseling
  • Masters level study in occupational therapy
  • Masters level study in public health or epidemiology

just to name a few!

Sample Four-Year Program

Year 1 Fall

  • BIO 107/L Principles of Biology & Lab 4
  • BIO 190 Intro to Scientific Lit 1
  • FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
  • Introductory Social Science 3
  • Humanities 3

Total: 14

Spring

  • BIO 207/L Zoology & Lab 4
  • MAT 103 College Algebra 3
  • WRI 102 College Writing 2 3
  • Fine Arts 3
  • Fitness 1

Total: 14

Year 2 Fall

  • CHE 210/211 General Chemistry 1 & Lab 5
  • BIO 204/L Genetics & Lab 4
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality 3
  • Elective 3
  • Fitness 1

Total: 15

Spring

  • CHE 212/213 General Chemistry 2 & Lab 5
  • Science II Elective 4
  • Upper-level Social Science Elective 3
  • Elective 3
  • BIO 390 Seminar 1

Total: 16

Year 3 Fall

  • Science II Elective 4
  • Science II Elective 4
  • MAT 112 Elementary Statistics 3
  • Elective 3
  • Experiential Learning 1

Total: 15

Spring

  • Science II Elective 4
  • Science II Elective 4
  • PHY 101 Introduction to Physics 4
  • Elective 3
  • Experiential Learning 1

Total: 16

Year 4 Fall

  • Science II Elective 4
  • Science II Elective 4
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 3
  • Experiential Learning 1

Total: 15

Spring

  • Science II Elective 4
  • Science II Elective 4
  • Elective 3
  • BIO 490 Capstone 3
  • Experiential Learning 1

Total: 15

Total Hours: 120

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 21, 2018
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