B.S. Biology, Integrative Biology

A B.S. Biology, Integrative Biology Emphasis gives students the freedom to study a wide range of biological subdisciplines. The B.S. Biology, Integrative Biology emphasis is well suited for students pursuing a job or graduate school opportunities outside of the traditional medical and ecological science fields.


Career Field
Students interested in focusing on biology in graduate school or pursuing a career in a specific aspect of organismal biology, resource management, laboratory technician or a high school science teacher (followed by a post-secondary teaching certificate) will find this emphasis to be a noteworthy option.


Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for biological technicians will increase by 5% between 2019-2029. That’s an additional 4,300 jobs.


Biological technicians help biological or medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments. “[They] typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while in school.” (BLS)


  • Biological Technicians
  • High School Biology Teacher


Median annual pay for
biological technicians in 2019


Wearing white lab coats and goggles, two female students lean in close as they read the label of a chemical bottle. Their peers can be seen in the back looking through other chemical bottles for their lab.
A professor holds up a flask as he points and explains something to his students. All of them are wearing lab coats while the students all wear goggles.
A student begins to mix something in a flask as his peers and professor stand around in observation.
Biology B.S. Core Curriculum
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 111General Biology I4
BIOL 112General Biology II4
BIOL 180Biology Research Seminar1
BIOL 230Ecology4
BIOL 320Genetics4
BIOL 419Philosophy of Science3
 Sub-Total Credits20
Electives Course Choices

Choose one course from each of the following groups. Choose three additional electives from any group. Total Credits: 26 - 32

Item #TitleCredits
 Biomedical Electives3 - 4
 Botany Electives4
 Ecology Electives4
 Research Techniques Elective3 - 4
 Zoology Elective 3 - 4
 Sub-Total Credits26 - 32


Required Cognates
Item #TitleCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4
 MATH 141 or MATH 1803-4
 Sub-Total Credits11 - 12
 Total Credits:57 - 64


Faculty Profiles

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Department Chair

Jared Wood, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor