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Bachelor of Science in Biology



Students in the Department of Integrative Biology receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree upon graduation, and can choose from among four majors within the Bachelor of Science degree program.


  • ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY: Students majoring in Environmental Biology study the ways in which organisms interact with the environment, and how they adapt to changing environments. The program of study explores the interconnections among biology, ecology, evolution, and conservation. The objective of the program of study is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with special emphasis on natural ecosystems. The program will prepare students for further education (ecology, environmental science, conservation biology, field botany) or for careers in fields such as environmental biology, environmental consulting, agricultural and forestry resource management, conservation biology and education, and wildlife biology.

Learn about becoming an Environmental Biology major here.


  • ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY: Students majoring in Environmental Microbiology study the roles that microorganisms play in the environment. The program of study explores the diversity, community structure, and ecological functioning of microorganisms. The objective of the program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with special emphasis on microorganisms in natural ecosystems and human-engineered systems. The program will prepare students for further education (microbiology, environmental science, conservation biology) or for careers in fields such as environmental monitoring and safety, characterization and control of pathogenic microorganisms, and bioremediation.

Learn about the Environmental Microbiology track here. and review the requirements for the major here.


  • INTEGRATIVE ANIMAL BIOLOGY: Students majoring in Integrative Animal Biology study the biology of animals. The program of study explores the structure and function of invertebrates, humans, and other vertebrates. The objective of the program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with special emphasis on animals. The program will prepare students for further education (e.g., medicine, veterinary medicine, animal biology, evolutionary biology) or for careers in fields such as medical assistance, veterinary assistance, animal care, and aquarium and zoo biology and education.

Learn about becoming an Integrative Animal Biology major animal track here and human track here


SHARK RESCUE 2

Students in Professor Motta’s fish biology class releasing a shark during their field trip to Fort DeSoto Beach. The Fish Biology Lab class, offered every fall, collect specimens at local beaches and rivers in addition to studying fishes in the lab. A fisherman had caught a shark on the beach while Dr. Motta’s students were hauling a beach seine nearby. The class jumped in to help the fisherman by unhooking the shark and “walking” it in the water to get it revived. The students then took the shark out to deeper water to release it unharmed. The students all commented that this was a memorable moment for them.

  • MARINE BIOLOGY: Students majoring in Marine Biology study life in the oceans. The program of study explores the unique marine environment and the nature of the organisms that inhabit the oceans. The objective of the program is to provide students with a firm foundation in basic biology and the tools necessary to function as professional biologists, with special emphasis on marine ecosystems. The program will prepare students for further education (e.g., ecology, environmental science, biological oceanography, evolutionary biology) or for careers in fields such as aquaculture, aquarium biology and education, conservation biology and education, environmental consulting, and wildlife biology.

Learn about becoming a Marine Biology major here.


The Department of Integrative Biology is offering an undergraduate introductory course titled "Basic Skills for College Biology", held during the B term in the summer. The course helps develop or enhance communication skills that are useful for undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, especially Biology. The online course consists of a series of self-paced modules using research conducted in the Department of Integrative Biology as the foundation for student exercises. The course is offered for 1 credit toward any of the Department's majors. Learn more about the course here


Undergraduate students with questions about the degree and majors options, graduation requirements, and course offerings in the Department of Integrative Biology should contact the BioAdvise office.