B.S. Biology, Integrative Biology

A B.S. Biology, Integrative Biology Emphasis gives students the freedom to study a wide range of biological subdisciplines. The B.S. Biology, Integrative Biology emphasis is well suited for students pursuing a job or graduate school opportunities outside of the traditional medical and ecological science fields.


Career Field
Students interested in focusing on biology in graduate school or pursuing a career in a specific aspect of organismal biology, resource management, laboratory technician or a high school science teacher (followed by a post-secondary teaching certificate) will find this emphasis to be a noteworthy option.


Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for biological technicians will increase by 5% between 2019-2029. That’s an additional 4,300 jobs.


Biological technicians help biological or medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments. “[They] typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while in school.” (BLS)


  • Biological Technicians
  • High School Biology Teacher


Median annual pay for
biological technicians in 2019


Wearing white lab coats and goggles, two female students lean in close as they read the label of a chemical bottle. Their peers can be seen in the back looking through other chemical bottles for their lab.
A professor holds up a flask as he points and explains something to his students. All of them are wearing lab coats while the students all wear goggles.
A student begins to mix something in a flask as his peers and professor stand around in observation.
Biology B.S. Core Curriculum
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 111General Biology I4
BIOL 112General Biology II4
BIOL 180Biology Research Seminar1
BIOL 230Ecology4
BIOL 320Genetics4
BIOL 419Philosophy of Science3
 Sub-Total Credits20
Electives Course Choices

Choose one course from each of the following groups. Choose three additional electives from any group. Total Credits: 26 - 32

Item #TitleCredits
 Biomedical Electives3 - 4
 Botany Electives4
 Ecology Electives4
 Research Techniques Elective3 - 4
 Zoology Elective 3 - 4
 Sub-Total Credits26 - 32


Required Cognates
Item #TitleCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4
 MATH 141 or MATH 1803-4
 Sub-Total Credits11 - 12
 Total Credits:57 - 64


Faculty Profiles

Amy McHenry, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Adjunct Faculty

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Department Chair

Jared Wood, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor