College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology - Undergraduate Programs

Why Biology?

image of undergrad researchersThe study of biology helps you prepare for careers in research, teaching, industry, government, medicine, medical technology, and several other health-related fields. Biology is among the most interdisciplinary of all sciences and requires a broad background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This background enables biologists to study the evolution of life; the manifestations of life from the level of viruses, bacteria, and individual cells to the structure and function of organisms; and the interactions of living organisms with each other and with their environments. Two related programs leading to a B.S. are available: life science teaching certification and medical technology. A minor in biology is also available.

General Biology, Including Pre-Professional Options

This major emphasis will give you all the necessary courses and background that you will need to either allow you to go into Graduate School in a specialty area of Biology that you are most interested in (i.e., animal behavior, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, immunology, etc.), or enter into professional programs such as medicine or dentistry. Let your adviser know what your specific interests are so that you can get the best advice and get into the appropriate courses to pursue your aspirations. Here is the latest Bingo Sheet (PDF). Note that the Bingo Sheet shown has been adjusted to match the latest Bulletin. Unless you switch to the latest Bulletin, you need to follow the Bingo Sheet under which you were accepted into our program so that you fulfill the correct requirements for your degree.  

Biology with Life Science Teaching Certification

This degree track provides the student preparation for a career in teaching and provides the student with a solid foundation in both the biological sciences and teaching techniques.  For this degree you will have to fulfill the requirements specified by the IPFW School of Education as well as those of the School of Arts and Sciences.   For those students interested in this option you need to make sure that you talk with one of the advisors in Education as well as your advisor in Biology, so that you learn how to prepare a portfolio for certification in teaching and take the proper courses to stay on track with the Education "side" of your training. Here is the latest Bingo Sheet (PDF) for students in this track. Note that the Bingo Sheet shown has been adjusted to match the latest Bulletin. Unless you switch to the latest Bulletin, you need to follow the Bingo Sheet under which you were accepted into our program so that you fulfill the correct requirements for your degree.  

Medical Technology

This degree track will prepare you for studies in a medical technology laboratory. The initial degree requirements are basically the same as for the general biology, pre-medical studies, and pre-dental studies, and so the bingo sheet is identical.  The Med-Tech major will first obtain a BS degree in Biology (approximately 4 years) and then apply to the Med-Tech program at Parkview Hospital and attend clinical courses at Parkview for one year. When you complete this program you will have a BS degree in Biology and Med-Tech certification. There will be certain courses that you might want to enroll into that will help with foundational basics for medical technology, and these should be discussed with your advisor. The Parkview Med-Tech program requires that you take Microbiology (this can be either the BIOL 220 or the BIOL 437 course) and Immunobiology (BIOL 537 with or without the lab, BIOL 565). You will complete the Biology Major requirements and apply for admission to the Parkview Med-Tech Program during the Fall of your final year. The Med-Tech program begins in May after your degree completion and you will take the clinical requirements at Parkview during the next year. Once completed you will have both a BS in Biology and Med-Tech certification. You then must petition IPFW to receive your BS in Medical Technology. Use this Bingo Sheet (PDF) for this option. Note that the Bingo Sheet shown has been adjusted to match the latest Bulletin. Unless you switch to the latest Bulletin, you need to follow the Bingo Sheet under which you were accepted into our program so that you fulfill the correct requirements for your degree.   

Pre-Forestry, Pre-Agriculture

These programs are two-year programs and the student will transfer to the Purdue Campus, West Lafayette, after the completion of the 2nd year at IPFW.

Pre-Veterinary Transfer Program

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Pre-Pharmacy Transfer Program

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