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Undergraduate Degrees

Our department prepares undergraduates with a fundamental understanding of biological processes. Students enrolled in our programs can choose from a variety of degree programs including specialized areas of focus in cell and molecular biology or ecology and biodiversity. We also offer a concentration in cognitive neuroscience and a research-oriented honors distinction program.

Students will learn a broad foundation in the fundamentals of biology, explore applications of biological sciences through case study examination, and participate in hands-on labs, gaining analytical and research skills that will serve them well after graduation. 

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Your major is your chosen academic discipline, typically requiring four years of study. In addition to taking classes related to your field, you’ll take in liberal arts courses designed to diversify your learning and ensure you come out of college a well-rounded individual prepared for various professional pursuits. Some students choose their major immediately upon beginning school, while others decide after spending time determining the direction they wish to follow.
MINORS
A minor is a student’s secondary academic discipline. It requires a set framework of classes, though it’s less intensive than a major. Minors can either complement a major or give the student the opportunity to study a field in which they’re interested but do not wish to pursue as a major.
DUAL-DEGREES
A dual degree is a program of study in which students simultaneously pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees, reducing the time required to achieve both. Typically, students complete their undergraduate studies after three years, as opposed to four, and take two more years to complete their graduate degree.
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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences

BS, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate program in biological sciences, which includes options for both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, offers students the skills and knowledge for pursuing a wide range of career and graduate options. The BS degree offers students a more intensive science and math experience, requiring a chemistry minor, a second minor of the student's choosing and one year each of both mathematics and physics. Students can choose to specialize in sub-disciplines within cell and molecular biology or ecology and evolutionary biology.

Our specialized upper-level coursework is taught by active researchers in the discipline and we provide extensive opportunities for in-depth research with faculty. Graduates can leave prepared for jobs or graduate work in a wide range of life sciences disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, and ecology and evolutionary biology. The curricula can be tailored to prepare students for futures in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professional programs, such as physical therapy or as physician assistants.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biological Sciences, BA

BA, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate program in biological sciences includes options for both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. While both majors include heavy coursework in the biological sciences, they differ in other aspects of their curricula. Students pursuing the BA complete two quarters of math and one year of chemistry in conjunction with a different minor.

By offering students a broad foundation in biology, the Bachelor of Arts opens up a range of career options that combine a strong background in biology with other disciplines. Major strengths of the department include the prevalence of small, specialized courses taught by active researchers in the discipline as well as the opportunity to conduct in-depth research with our faculty.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ecology & Biodiversity

BS

About this Program

The University of Denver's undergraduate program in ecology and biodiversity offers a cross-disciplinary learning focus across ecology and organismal biology. Students complete 49 credit hours of biology, a minor in another natural sciences and mathematics field, and a second minor from any department across the University. The BS degree appeals to students interested in continuing in the sciences at the graduate level or pursing medical school.

Students take courses on evolution, biodiversity, genetics and physiological systems, delivered in small classes. In addition, they complete lab work connected with in-class coursework, while using cutting-edge equipment and visiting field sites.
This program can offer research opportunities to undergraduates in invasive species, plant-insect interactions, evolutionary biology and forest ecology. During their research, our students are supported by active researchers in their fields.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ecology & Biodiversity

BA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Arts program in ecology and biodiversity offers students a cross-disciplinary focus on these two fields. Students complete 44 credit hours of biology coursework. The BA degree allows students flexibility to combine their interests in biology with other disciplines such as law, policy or business.

Our biological sciences department provides specialized upper-level coursework taught by active researchers in the discipline, along with the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on in-depth research. Students can access cutting-edge research and go to several exciting field sites. Research opportunities encompass plant-insect interaction, ecology of invasive species, and forest ecology and evolutionary biology. Graduates can leave well prepared for jobs or graduate work in a range of areas related to ecology and evolutionary biology.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Integrated Sciences

BA

About this Program

The Bachelor of Arts in integrated sciences offers students the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized science curriculum. When one of the many majors offered by the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics doesn't meet the needs of a student's plans, this degree is an option. Students have flexibility in choosing introductory and upper-level coursework from all areas of the sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer sciences, providing the opportunity to create a unique program tailored to their exact needs and interests.

This degree is an especially attractive option for students interested in science education at the secondary-school level, or for those who wish to combine disciplines such as neuroscience and computer science. Students may also design their program to give them an ideal background for any form of graduate studies they wish to pursue.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular Biology

BS

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Science program in molecular biology covers topics including developmental biology, molecular forensics, neuroscience biophysics and several other specialties. Students complete 50 credit hours of biology coursework, a chemistry minor, a second minor from any department on campus, 15 credit hours of physics and 12 credit hours of mathematics. The program also offers a cognitive neuroscience concentration.

With more requirements than our Bachelor of Arts program, the BS degree appeals to students interested in continuing in the sciences at the graduate level or pursuing medical school. The curricula can be tailored to prepare students for futures in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professional programs such as physical therapy or physician assistance.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Molecular Biology

BA

About this Program

The University of Denver's Bachelor of Arts program in molecular biology offers students the opportunity to study areas that include cell biology, biophysics, RNA biology, endocrinology and more. Students complete 44 hours of biology coursework and 20 hours of chemistry coursework, and can also complete a concentration in cognitive neuroscience.

With fewer requirements than our Bachelor of Science option, the BA degree allows students the flexibility to combine their interests in biology with other disciplines such as law, policy or business. Graduates are well prepared for jobs or graduate work related to these disciplines, and they may also find work in medicine, dentristry or physical therapy.