The Ecology and Conservation Biology emphasis is popular with students wanting to pursue careers in the public sector related to conservation.


Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists, Median Pay: $59,680/year; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 4% growth (slower than average). Animal Care and Service Workers, Median Pay: $21,260; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 11% (faster than average). Conservation Scientists and Foresters. Median Pay: $60,220/year; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 7% (as fast as average). Environmental Scientists, Median Pay: $67,460; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 11% (faster than average).

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at (visited March 1, 2017).

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Biology is the most common degree of medical professionals.  Most biology students go on to graduate or professional school to become physicians, dentists, therapists, pharmacists, researchers, etc.  Others become educators, entrepreneurs, or technicians in biotech, academic, or government positions.  



  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Technician
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Teacher

of our Biology graduates
are working in a field they

Biology B.S. Core Curriculum  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 111General Biology 14
BIOL 112General Biology 24
BIOL 180Biology Research Seminar1
BIOL 230Ecology4
BIOL 320Genetics4
BIOL 419Philosophy of Science3
 Sub-Total Credits20
Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 328Biostatistics3
BIOL 345Environment and Mankind4
BIOL 360Plant Biology4
BIOL 443Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 475Management of Fish & Wildlife Resources4
 BIOL-Botany Elective4
 BIOL- Ecology Elective4
 BIOL-Zoology Elective (x2)7-8
 Sub-Total Credits34-35
Botany Electives  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 314Systematic Botany4
BIOL 465Plant Physiology4
 Sub-Total Credits4
Ecology Electives  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 325Field Ecology4
BIOL 335Limnology4
 Sub-Total Credits4
Zoology Electives  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 312Ornithology3
BIOL 435Herpetology4
BIOL 440Mammalogy4
BIOL 462Ichthyology4
 Sub-Total Credits7-8


Required Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
 MATH 121 or MATH 1413
 Sub-Total Credits11


Faculty Profiles

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor

Arthur Chadwick, PhD

Biological Sciences
Research Professor

Peter McHenry, PhD

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor/Department Chair

Amy McHenry, PhD

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor/Honors Director

Jared Wood, PhD

Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor