Science is an ever-changing and evolving field. Rapid technological advancements present new and unprecedented opportunities for research and discoveries in the biological sciences. Dean's Biology program will prepare you to excel in your chosen path.

Program Overview

Through the course of study in the biology program, you will be provided an opportunity to learn how to:

  • Recognize the basic principles of biology (molecular, cellular, organismal and at the population level) and chemistry.
  • Identify major historical contributions to science, understand how the process of science occurs in a humanist context and discuss the knowledge behind and implications of current research.
  • Demonstrate the essential knowledge and skill required to perform experiments in a lab setting working with cells, tissues, and both macroscopic and microscopic organisms. 
  • Be familiar with the process of research in a range of biological settings.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy including the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific studies and how to present scientific information.
  • Identify career opportunities in biology and related disciplines.

As a biology major at Dean, you’ll have extensive opportunities to apply your skills and learn from working professionals. You will also gain access to state-of-the-art lab equipment to develop hands-on skills beginning your first year.

Click on the below videos to learn more about the Biology Program. 

Beyond the Classroom

As a biology major at Dean, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you’re learning. For instance: 

  • Frequent guest speakers give you insights into the field. 
  • Hands-on projects immerse you in the real world of science. 
  • Exposure to real-world learning opportunities.

Uniquely Dean

Two Dean College students in a lab. Discover the unique programming that the Dean College Biology program has to offer.
  • Learn from professionals in the field who are committed to your success. 
  • Delve deep into an area of particular interest.
  • Develop hands-on learning while working with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment
  • Dean College was ranked #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category. 

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.


Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 152 General Biology: Organisms 4
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
BIO 240 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 440 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR ELE Evolution, Molecular Genetics, Immunology, or Brain and Behavior 9
BIO 495 Senior Capstone 3
CHM 151 Chemistry l 4
CHM 152 Chemistry ll 4
CHM 345 Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for the Biological Sciences 3
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
HIS/SCI 265 History of Science 4
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Course 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
Total Credits 58

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 151 General Biology: The Cell 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 24
Total Credits 24

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22