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.

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

What makes our Biology program best of breed? 

  • 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 

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*

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


Course Number Course Title Credits
STEM 111 Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 3
MTH 130 Statistics 3
BIO 152 General Biology - Organisms 4
CHM 151 Chemistry I 4
CHM 152 Chemistry II 4
CHM 345 Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry for the Biological Sciences 3
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
BIO 240 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 440 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 330/430/PSY 334 300-400 Electives 12
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 2
BIO 450 Senior Seminar 3
BIO 495 Senior Capstone 3
Total Credits 54

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics 3
BIO 151 General Biology: The Cell (to fulfill the core lab science requirement) 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective (HIS/SCI 265 - History of Science and HIS/BIO - 250 Beyond HeLa are suggested) 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 27
Total Credits 27

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19