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Biological and Physical Sciences Degree

Know you love science and want to cover all your future bases? Interested in gaining a broad understanding of the natural sciences while also dabbling in humanities, social, and behavioral sciences? The biological and physical sciences degree from Indiana University Kokomo is designed to allow you to tailor your studies to your specific career goals. Depending on your personal goals and interests, you can choose either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences.

The biological and physical sciences degree is customizable. As an example, you might choose a curriculum to provide the essential knowledge base for a career in sustainability and earth sciences. In this case, you would take courses in geology, physical geography, and environmental conservation. On the other hand, if you want to pursue a career in agricultural or industrial research, you’ll elect a different combination of courses. Knowing what you want for your future and working closely with your advisor are key to the biological and physical sciences degree!

With small class sizes, you’ll get to know your peers and professors on a first-name basis. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely in the lab with your professors one-on-one…and maybe even publish research with them! (How great would that look on your future resume?) You can also join student groups, gain internship experience, and maybe even take trips to see what you learn in the classroom and lab in action.

Whether you plan on attending graduate school or a professional school in a health-related field, the B.A. and B.S. in Biological and Physical Sciences are a great place to start.

Bachelor of Arts in Biological and Physical Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological and Physical Sciences centers on a traditional core of courses in the natural sciences. Through academic advising and proper course selection, students may choose a curriculum that is uniquely suited to their specific needs in the biological and physical sciences. Students may follow a very specific curriculum or they may elect to pursue a more general science education. Graduates of the program are prepared to continue their education at the graduate level of certain disciplines or to enter a health-related profession such as occupational therapy or physical therapy. They may also choose to work in environmental and earth sciences or in laboratories. 

Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Physical Sciences centers on a traditional core of courses in the natural sciences. Through academic advising and proper course selection, students may choose a curriculum that is uniquely suited to their specific needs in the biological and physical sciences. Students may follow a very specific curriculum or they may elect to pursue a more general science education. Graduates of the program are prepared to continue their education at the graduate level of certain disciplines or to enter a health-related profession such as physical therapy or occupational therapy. They may also choose to follow the track in environmental and earth sciences.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today. For the most recent and up-to-date information regarding this degree, please visit our Academic Bulletin

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.

Planning on graduate school or professional school?

If you're planning to enter graduate school after earning a B.S. degree, you'll want to inquire about IU Kokomo's pre-professional tracks in biology, pre-medicine, and pre-dentistry. Graduates who have followed these tracks have been accepted into advanced programs in medical, dental, optometry, and chiropractic schools throughout the country. The biological and physical science degree program also offers tracks in Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy which allow students to fulfill all prerequisites for these professional programs while at the same time earning a bachelor's degree.

Ready to dive in?

Sound like the right first step to wherever you’re headed? You can get started by applying today. If you have questions about this degree and want to chat to someone, feel free to reach out to the School of Sciences faculty and staff. We can’t wait to meet you!

Last updated: 10/24/2018