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Biology Degree

Maybe you can think of nothing better than dedicating your life to studying organisms. Perhaps you’re kind of obsessed with relationships between living things and the environment around them. If you’re interested in finding a fulfilling degree in the biomedical world – whether in research labs, for pharmaceutical companies, or as field biologists – or you know that you’re on your way to a graduate or professional program, a biology degree from Indiana University Kokomo is the degree for you! Prepare yourself for whatever comes next with a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the School of Sciences.

As a biology major, you’ll learn and implement a variety of techniques and concepts to study living things. As a biologist involved in basic research, you’ll set out to discover how organisms work. Students in this program have all kinds of opportunities to go on trips where they go out into the field – or creek or Yellowstone National Park or woods – to see what they learn in the classroom and the lab in action.  As a biologist involved in applied research, you’ll set out to develop or improve medical, industrial, or agricultural processes.

In addition to the extensive laboratory and classroom experiences offered through the biology program, research opportunities are also available through IU Kokomo’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) and through independent study courses.  Our biology faculty are very active researchers and they closely work with undergraduates in their research programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Biology centers on a traditional core that includes cell biology, genetics, physiology, morphology, physiology, molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology. Additional courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics round out the basic program. But good scientists also need to be exposed to other fields of knowledge—to the arts, the social sciences, and humanities. That's why our biology curriculum also includes course requirements in subject areas such as history, English, sociology, psychology, foreign languages, mathematics, and information sciences. To graduate, you'll need a minimum of 120 credit hours, which includes a mix of required biology courses, general education courses, and electives.
Bachelor of Science in Biology
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology centers on a traditional core that includes cell biology, genetics, morphology, physiology, plant science, microbiology, and immunology. Additional courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics round out the basic program. But good scientists also need to be exposed to other fields of knowledge—to the arts, the social sciences, and humanities. That's why our biology curriculum also includes course requirements in subject areas such as history, English, sociology, psychology, mathematics, and information sciences. To graduate, you'll need a minimum of 120 credit hours, which includes a mix of required biology courses, general education courses, and electives.

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.

Plan on earning an advanced degree?

If you're planning to enter graduate school or a professional school after earning a bachelor'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. Biology is a great path to a professional career in medicine and IU Kokomo will help you get there!

If you're interested in becoming a science educator, IU Kokomo offers a program that enables you to earn a biology degree and become certified to teach biology at the secondary school level. Chat with your advisor for more details!

Ready to get started?

How great does all this sound? If a biology degree from IU Kokomo sounds like the perfect fit for you and your future goals, you can get started by applying now. If you have questions about the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Biology, we’d love to hear from you. Reach out to the School of Sciences faculty and staff any time.

Last updated: 10/24/2018