The Department of Biology offers the Bachelor of Science degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology or biology for teacher certification. The department works with the Department of Education to offer a two-field teacher certification in biology and another field. A minor in biology may be added to other majors.
Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)
The Bachelor of Science degree in biology is needed for most graduate schools with programs in the biological sciences. Most health professions schools require a bachelor’s degree in any field including all of the liberal arts, provided the prerequisite science and math courses are taken. Discuss the specific requirements with the pre-health professions advisor.
Bachelor of Arts Degrees (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts degree in biology serves as a professional degree for those who typically do not wish to pursue graduate work in the biomedical or laboratory sciences. It may serve as a foundation for field and ecological sciences provided a sufficient statistics course is also taken. It may serve as a solid liberal arts degree for students wishing to pursue science writing, for example.
Life Science (One-Field Teacher Certification Grades 8-12) (BS)
The Bachelor of Science degree with teacher certification prepares students to teach life sciences at the high school level. This degree partners biology studies through the Biology Department with teacher preparation training through ACU's Department of Teacher Education, resulting in biology graduates who are thoroughly equipped to share their learning with students in 8th through 12th grades.
Cooperative Degrees (BS)
ACU awards this bachelor’s degree to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU (a minimum of 104 hours) plus one year at a recognized professional school. Students in the cooperative degree program are advised by the advisors for health professions.