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.
Applicants enter as premajors and will be considered for full admission into the Bachelor of Science in Biology program after completion of the following:
- MATH S151 (May be met by placement examination)
- ENGL S111
- BIOL S105 and BIOL S106
- 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 Hours||120|
|General Education Requirements||36|
General Education Requirements
The following courses must be included in the GERs for a B.S. in Biology:
|BIOL||S105||Fundamentals of Biology I||4|
|BIOL||S106||Fundamentals of Biology II||4|
|* Prerequisites include MATH S151 and MATH S152|
|CHEM||S105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM||S106||General Chemistry II||4|
|PHYS||S103||College Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S104||College Physics II||4|
|PHYS||S211||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS||S212||General Physics II||4|
Select four from the following (20 credits):
|BIOL||S215||Introduction to Marine Biology||3|
|BIOL||S239||Introduction to Plant Biology||4|
|BIOL||S355||Experimental Design and Data Analysis||4|
|BIOL||S375||Current Topics in Biology*||4|
|BIOL||S380||Marine Ornithology and Herpetology||3|
|BIOL||S396||Field Studies in Behavior and Ecology**||1-6|
|BIOL||S415||Physiology of Marine Animals||4|
|BIOL||S427||Introduction to Ichthyology||4|
|BIOL||S445||Vascular Plants of Southeast Alaska||3|
|ENVS||S415||Biogeography & Landscape||3|
* 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.
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.