Bachelor of Science Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology teaches current scientific concepts and principles. Moreover, many courses will require you to spend considerable time in the laboratory or field. Through the actual performance of laboratory methods and field techniques, you will learn many of the skills needed to participate in original research, and have the opportunity to work with your instructors and professors on current research projects.

Biology Concentrations

Completing the biology core will exposed you to all major areas of biology and allowed you the freedom to concentrate on an area of special interest within the major.

What are Concentrations?

A concentration is a set of courses that educate you on the content and methods associated with a particular sub-discipline or area of biology. Concentrations are designed to effectively prepare you to enter professional schools of medicine or dentistry, and environmentally or biotechnology related careers in various governmental agencies, private companies, or academia. View concentration courses below.

  • Aquatic Biology

    BIOL 3460 - Invertebrate Zoology
    BIOL 4301 - Biological Oceanography
    BIOL 4416 - Field Parasitology
    BIOL 4430 - Limnology
    BIOL 4431 - Ichthyology
    BIOL 4432 - Tropical Terrestrial and Watershed Biology
    BIOL 4450 - Marine Biology
    BIOL 4452 - Tropical Marine Biology
    BIOL 4480 - Aquatic Entomology

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

    BIOL 4401 - Biomedical Tech Applications
    BIOL 4404 - Molecular Biology
    BIOL 4405 - Immunology
    BIOL 4437 - Environmental Microbiology
    BIOL 4443 - Embryology and Development
    BIOL 4470 - Cell Biology/Histology
    CHEM 4411 - Biochemistry

  • Ecology

    BIOL 4302 - Conservation Biology
    BIOL 4306 - Evolutionary Ecology
    BIOL 4403 - Field Botany
    BIOL 4407 - Animal Behavior
    BIOL 4416 - Field Parasitology
    BIOL 4432 - Tropical Terrestrial and Watershed Biology
    BIOL 4437 - Environmental Microbiology
    BIOL 4452 - Tropical Marine Biology
    BIOL 4460 - Ecology

  • Invertebrate Zoology

    BIOL 3460 - Invertebrate Zoology
    BIOL 4410 - Parasitology
    BIOL 4416 - Field Parasitology
    BIOL 4432 - Tropical Terrestrial and Watershed Biology
    BIOL 4451 - Marine Invertebrate Zoology
    BIOL 4452 - Tropical Marine Biology

  • Pre-health Professional

    BIOL 3428 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    BIOL 3440 - Advanced Physiology
    BIOL 4404 - Molecular Biology
    BIOL 4405 - Immunology
    BIOL 4410 - Parasitology
    BIOL 4435 - Environmental Toxicology
    BIOL 4443 - Embryology and Development
    BIOL 4470 - Cell Biology/Histology
    CHEM 4411 - Biochemistry

  • Pre-medical Technology

    BIOL 3428 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    BIOL 3440 - Advanced Physiology
    BIOL 4404 - Molecular Biology
    BIOL 4405 - Immunology
    BIOL 4410 - Parasitology
    BIOL 4470 - Cell Biology/Histology

    Students completing the pre-medical technology emphasis will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology that emphasizes the course work needed to compete for acceptance into hospital programs in the clinical laboratory sciences. Most hospital programs last for one or occasionally two years. During this time, students receive laboratory training in practical aspects of the clinical laboratory sciences. In addition, a certification exam must be passed to be employed as a clinical laboratory scientist in most states.

    Students pursuing a concentration in Medical Technology should take the course recommended above as well as additional courses decided upon in consultation with the program director. Entry into hospital programs is competitive, and completion of these courses will best-prepare students for acceptance into hospital programs. A list of hospital programs for the state of Texas is provided below.

    Students interested in these programs should contact Dr. Randall Terry for detailed advising (Hayes 205-8, rgterry@my.lamar.edu, (409) 880-7975).

  • Vertebrate Zoology

    BIOL 3428 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    BIOL 4408 - Mammalogy
    BIOL 4409 - Ornithology
    BIOL 4431 - Ichthyology
    BIOL 4440 - Vertebrate Natural History
    BIOL 4443 - Embryology and Development
    BIOL 4445 - Herpetology
    BIOL 4443 - Desert Field Mammalogy

Biology Concentrations

Earn a B.S. and M.S. in Biology

Would you benefit from having a Masters of Science degree in Biology when you enter the job market, graduate school, or professional school?  You could earn your M.S. degree in a fifth year in two long semesters after the completion of your B.S. degree.

More about our Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program →

Get Certified to Teach

Certification to teach Biology can be obtained along with a B.S. in Biology. Consult with the Biology Department Chair for specific information. A list of Biology courses for certification is available in the departmental office.

Certificate Course Requirements →

Pre-Professional Programs

A Bachelor of Science in Biology is an excellent way to prepare for medically oriented professional schools.

Pre-Pharmacy

Freshman and transfer students declaring themselves as Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, or Pre-Pharmacy status should consult the College of Arts and Sciences section of the catalog for information on the Pre-Professional Program.

Students in the pre-professional program will receive initial advising through the Pre-Professional Office. Students are encouraged to contact the Pre-professional Advisor at (409) 880-8534 for information and assistance.

More about Pre-Professional Programs

*Note that a Pre-professional program cannot be declared as a degree major.