The biology curriculum is based on the premise that a biologist, regardless of professional goals, must demonstrate a high degree of competence in several areas of biology. These areas include botany, cellular biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, and zoology. In order to achieve maximum benefits from these areas, a thorough knowledge of chemistry, physics, and mathematics is imperative.
Whether a student plans to complete a liberal arts degree and enter graduate school, teach, attend a professional school, or otherwise pursue a career in biology, the same basic biology curriculum is followed. All biology majors complete a common group of eight courses. Through proper selection of elective coursework students can choose to study cellular and molecular biology, ecology, evolution, microbiology, plant biology, or zoology in greater depth.