College of Arts & Sciences Biology

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With a degree in biology, you'll be nationally competitive for graduate and professional programs. Both areas of emphasis serve students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary careers, such as public policy, pharmaceutical development and sales, and bioethics. 

Major:  Biology - Bachelor of Science

For this degree, you can select one of two specializations:

  1. Conservation and Biodiversity - a focus on ecological and evolutionary relationships of organisms.
    Recommended for students interested in education, ecology, evolution, systematics, conservation biology, wildlife biology and/or other areas of biology. 
  2. Molecular Biology and Physiology - a focus on both the cellular and physiological aspect of biology. Recommended for students interested in careers in biomedical and basic research, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology and the health professions.

Questions concerning the core of courses may be answered by viewing the Requirements for Biology Major in our Undergraduate Catalog.

Major:  Medical Biology - Bachelor of Science

The Medical Biology Degree is designed to prepare USD students for admission into medical school and other health care professional programs, including dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy and podiatry. The program's curriculum will also reflect the latest national trends in medical education and is a collaborative effort between the Sanford School of Medicine and USD's College of Arts & Sciences.

Minors:  Biology

You'll take a core of Courses in the Biology curriculum that provides an introduction to the major areas of biology. Beyond the core curriculum, you'll take courses that are of particular interest to you and that may lead to careers in the applied health sciences, conservation biology, agriculture, applied biology and other fields.  

You may also elect to take other courses:

View the Four-Year Program Guides