The Bachelor of Science degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the Natural Sciences and a set of courses specifically in biology. It is designed to meet the personal and career goals and interests of the student. The program allows the student a certain amount of flexibility in tailoring a degree program to his/her unique needs, yet does so within the confines of a traditional major in biology. This degree is particularly appropriate for students interested in the following areas:
- public health
- science education
- medicine and related fields that require post-graduate study
- graduate work in biological or biomedical sciences
The degree program will help prepare students for various graduate or professional programs including Ph.D. programs in sciences and medical and dental school. It will also prepare students for lucrative careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates who earn a BS in Biology will be able to:
Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
Demonstrate understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
Carry out independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
DEGREE PLAN INFORMATION
The following four year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.
Many biology majors attend graduate school after completing their bachelor’s degree. Some end up working in a field directly related to their major. Graduates have found careers in a wide range of industries:
- health policy
- teaching (elementary, middle and high school)
- Chemistry 21 Hours Minimum
- Geology 23 Hours Minimum
- Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum
We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.
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