Biology is the study of life, from the simplest cells to the most complex ecosystems. When you study biology you develop an understanding of your own life and an appreciation for your connection to the natural world.
A biology degree helps open the door to a broad range of fields including health care, food science, public health, biotechnology, conservation and natural resource management. Biology graduates may choose to continue on to professional and graduate programs in health care, research and education.
The biology major provides students with scientific knowledge, laboratory skills, research experience and intellectual training in analytical and quantitative reasoning.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology offers students a comprehensive introduction to the biological sciences with a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, followed by advanced study in at least one area of student interest. Students earning the Bachelor of Science in Biology are encouraged to include a minor in chemistry, physics or mathematics as part of their program of study.
In addition to the overall University graduation requirements, the biology major BS requires each student to complete 68 credits in the major, including at least 25 upper division Biology credits, at least 25 credits not used for any other major or minor, from Metropolitan State University, and at least 3 credits of 400 or 500 level coursework taken at Metropolitan State as a capstone experience. Students must also complete the biology program exit interview and assessment test during their final semester of classes before graduation.
All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above. Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Natural Sciences Department. Each foundation science course must include at least one credit of professionally supervised laboratory experience with standard undergraduate laboratory equipment and materials. Lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses cannot be used to fulfill upper division core or elective requirements of the major.
Declare Your Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Biology BS major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:
- Prerequisite courses
- Foundation courses
After submission of the Undergraduate Program Declaration Form, students must then complete the Biology Program Assessment Survey.
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.