Jun 16, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Biology, B.S.

A Bachelor of Science in Biology prepares graduates to become employees for the science-based industries, medical fields, and agencies that use modern technology or to teach Biology and a selected minor at the secondary level. Students in this major must choose from Integrative Biology Specialization or Biology Education Specialization. 

The Integrative Biology Specialization provides an excellent background in computer science/information systems technology as well as a solid foundation in biology, supporting sciences, and mathematics. The graduates of this program will be capable of problem solving and developing marketing strategies for products of research and service in the science-based information industries, such as the biotechnology industry where a background in science and technology, is increasingly necessary. This program also provides an excellent foundation for persons wishing to pursue a specialized professional career such as medicine, dentistry, etc. or to obtain advanced education in the health fields or biological science.  DSU has an articulation agreement with SDSU for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology who wish to apply to the accelerated nursing program at SDSU and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. 

The Biology Education Specialization follows the guidelines of the National Science Teachers Association that a biology core and supporting science, computer and Mathematics courses.  Students in this major will have an education technology endorsement.

Location(s): Madison Main Campus

Learning Outcomes: Biology Education
Learning Outcomes: Integrated Biology

Plan of Study - Biology, Education 23-24   
Plan of Study - Biology, Integrated Biology 23-24  


System-wide General Education Requirement (30 Credits)

Majors must take BIOL 151 /151L and BIOL 153 /153L as part of the System-wide General Education Requirement.  Students choosing the Biology Education Specialization must take EPSY 210  and INED 211  as part of the System-wide General Education Requirement.

Choose one of the following Specializations (59 Credits)

Biology Education Specialization (59 Credits)

Biology Education Component (11 credits)

Professional Education Component 28 credits

All Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  1 No Grade less than a “C” and must be completed prior to admission to Teacher Education.

Integrative Biology Specialization (59 credits)

Biology Component (19 credits)

Math and Science Component (22 credits)

Students planning to pursue a career in medicine or health professions are encouraged to take CHEM 326 , CHEM 460 , CHEM 492 , MATH 123  or MATH 201 , PHYS 111  or PHYS 211  and PHYS 113  or PHYS 213 .


Social Science Component (3 credits)

Select a course from Social Science listing with prefix ANTH, HIST or SOC that is not already used to satisfy general education requirement.

Electives (10 Credits)

Two of these electives will have been met upon completion of BIOL 151 /151L and BIOL 153 /153L as part of the System-wide General Education Requirement.