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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides students the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. Student research is also emphasized throughout the program. The program has five permanent faculty actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, crustacean physiology, and marine algology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities. The Bachelor of Science program in biology comprises a core curriculum generally found nationwide in bachelor of science biology programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as premajors and will be considered for full admission into the Bachelor of Science in Biology program after completion of the following:

  1. MATH S107 (May be met by placement examination)
  2. ENGL S111
  3. BIOL S105 and BIOL S106
  4. High School Chemistry or CHEM S103 with a C or higher

When a student becomes a major in Biology he or she is assigned a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor plan the student's curriculum, and the advisor's signature is required on registration documents.

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the general education requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific recommendations for the GERs in Biology are listed below. Degree must include 48 credit hours of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Must include:
MATHS200Calculus I*4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
*Prerequisites include MATH S107 and MATH S108
Major Requirements43
BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic and Biological Chemistry I4
CHEMS342Organic and Biological Chemistry II4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3
select both
PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4
or both
PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4
Biology Electives20
Select four from the following (20 credits):
BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology3
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology*4
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS396Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology*1-6
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar*2
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3
*Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the biology electives. Additional credits may be applied toward electives.
**Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396/398/498 may be applied.
To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services Office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. These internships are funded by Alaskan, federal, national and international organizations and businesses. Changes occur frequently. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.


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