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Bachelor of Science in Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides students the opportunity to learn biological principles and skills in lecture, laboratory, and field courses. Student research is also emphasized throughout the program. Program faculty are actively involved in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, behavioral ecology, marine mammalogy, crustacean physiology, and marine algology. The location of the University provides students with a "natural laboratory" that includes extensive marine habitat, rainforest, wetlands, and ice fields all within walking distance of the classrooms. A small student-to-professor ratio ensures a more personal approach to learning than is possible at larger universities. The Bachelor of Science program in biology comprises a core curriculum generally found nationwide in bachelor of science biology programs.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants enter as premajors and will be considered for full admission into the Bachelor of Science in Biology program after completion of the following:

  1. MATH S151 (May be met by placement examination)
  2. ENGL S111
  3. BIOL S105 and BIOL S106
  4. High School Chemistry or CHEM S103 with a C or higher

When a student becomes a major in Biology he or she is assigned a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor plan the student's curriculum, and the advisor's signature is required on registration documents.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Candidates must complete the general education requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific requirements for GERs are listed below. The degree must include 48 credits of upper-division (300 or above) courses. To satisfy the residency requirement, 30 credits must be completed at UAS, including 24 upper division credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements36
Major Requirements43
Biology Electives20

General Education Requirements

The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.S. in Biology:

MATHS251Calculus I*4
BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4
* Prerequisites include MATH S151 and MATH S152

Major Requirements

BIOLS310Animal Physiology4
CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4
CHEMS341Organic Chemistry4
STATS273Elementary Statistics3

select both

PHYSS103College Physics I4
PHYSS104College Physics II4

or both

PHYSS211General Physics I4
PHYSS212General Physics II4

Biology Electives

Select four from the following (20 credits):

BIOLS215Introduction to Marine Biology3
BIOLS239Introduction to Plant Biology4
BIOLS300Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS305Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOLS355Experimental Design and Data Analysis4
BIOLS373Conservation Biology4
BIOLS375Current Topics in Biology*4
BIOLS380Marine Ornithology and Herpetology3
BIOLS382Wetlands Ecology4
BIOLS384Marine Mammalogy4
BIOLS396Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology**1-6
BIOLS415Physiology of Marine Animals4
BIOLS427Introduction to Ichthyology4
BIOLS441Animal Behavior4
BIOLS445Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska3
BIOLS480Aquatic Pollution3
BIOLS481Marine Ecology4
BIOLS492Biology Seminar*2
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape3

* Only 4 credits from BIOL S375 and 2 credits from BIOL S492 may be applied toward the biology electives. Additional credits may be applied toward electives.

** Up to 6 credits total from BIOL S396/398/498 may be applied.


To include upper-division courses as needed to meet 48 upper division credits required for degree.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.


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