Undergraduate Degrees in Biology
Department of Biology
Reach your goals
The Department of Biology offers an array of degree options. Whether you are interested in understanding and protecting natural resources, want to research the structure and function of life, or pursue a career in healthcare, then an undergraduate degree at FMU will help you realize your goals.
We have several core majors and a variety of other options and programs that can help you prepare for the next step. Please scroll down until you find the degree option that suits you best.
For those people interested in obtaining a job after graduation or going on to graduate school should complete the Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Also for people interested in obtaining a job after graduation or going on to graduate school, the Bachelor of Arts in Biology is similar to the B.S. degree but with a foreign language.
Biology, B.S. – Medical Technology Option
Students interested in a the bachelor of science degree in Biology with emphasis in medical technology will complete a rigorous academic curriculum capped by a final clinical year. A student can choose between (3+1) or (4+1) programs at FMU.
Biology, B.S. – Secondary Education Option
Students interested in a career teaching biology at the middle and high school level will complete course requirements for biology and education.
Biology, B.S. – Veterinary Studies Option
This option prepares biology students for paraprofessional careers involving the health, well-being, or management of animals. It also provides the basis for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in veterinary medicine, veterinary science, and animal science.
Biology, B.S. – Pre-Medical Concentration
Students interested in a career as a physician will take the requirements for medical school while completing the same curriculum as the B.S. in biology.
Biology, B.S. – Pre-Dental Concentration
Students interested in a career in dentistry will take the requirements for dental school while completing the same curriculum as the B.S. in biology.
Biology, B.S. – Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration
Students interested in a career as a PA will take the requirements for a physician assistant graduate program while completing the same curriculum as the B.S. in biology.
Biology, B.S. – Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Concentration
Students interested in a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy will take the requirements for those respective graduate programs while completing the same curriculum as the B.S. in biology.
Environmental Science, B.S.
Students wishing to pursue careers in environmental science, conservation biology, natural resource management, wildlife management, fisheries, and other related fields will complete a curriculum with an increased focus on profession-related courses in biology and other disciplines.
Environmental Studies, B.A.
This interdisciplinary bachelor of arts degree is for students interested in environmental economics and business, environmental justice, environmental law and policy, sustainability and conservation issues, and other related fields.
Forestry, B.S. (Coming Fall 2023)
The Forestry Program prepares students to meet society’s demands for the management and protection of forests for industrial use, wildlife habitat, and recreation. The program focuses on practical field skills and the reinforcement of sustainable and responsible forestry practices. Students must complete a “pre-forestry” curriculum before entering the technical program.
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The biology minor requires 18 hours in biology.
Environmental Science & Studies, Minor
The environmental science and studies minor requires 18 hours in biology and environmental science related courses.
The biology minor requires 12 hours in biology.
Environmental Science & Studies, Collateral
The environmental science and studies minor requires 12 hours in biology and environmental science related courses.
Students that plan to apply to the FMU Nursing Program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) often spend their first two years completing the required pre-nursing coursework.
Once a student completes the pre-requisites, they must apply for admission to the Nursing Program. Admission is competitive.