Biology Students

The Department of Biological Sciences offers either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. In most areas of biological interest, a Bachelor of Science degree is deemed more desirable; however, a Bachelor of Arts degree may be preferred in programs of study relating biological sciences to the humanities, social sciences, and economics.

We strongly encourage our majors to be involved in research with a faculty member, either by taking the department's undergraduate research course or as a paid student research assistant.

General Information

Curricula are available for students who elect to pursue biochemistry, environmental science, exercise physiology, graduate preparatory, microbiology, molecular biology, premedical technology, pre-health professional, or secondary education programs. All curricula may be modified to fit individual aims with the approval of the biology faculty.

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework in BYS and includes the following core courses: BYS 119, 120, 219, 300, and 490 (including the ETS Major Field Test in Biology)
  • An appropriate structural biology and physiology course within the area of emphasis
  • One course in calculus (if the student intends to pursue a course of study requiring more advanced mathematics background, MA171 is recommended to meet this requirement; otherwise, MA120 may be used to meet this requirement)
  • A minor in the program of study
Optional / Recommended
  • A course in biochemistry within the major or a chemistry minor
  • A course in statistics


The following are examples of tracks available to biological sciences majors:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree; psychology minor (psychobiology program)
  • B.S. or B.A. degree for secondary education
  • B.S. degree with emphasis in biochemistry; chemistry minor
  • B.S. degree, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary; chemistry minor
  • B.S. degree, microbiology emphasis; chemistry minor (preparatory for graduate study in microbiology)
  • B.S. degree, environmental biology emphasis; chemistry minor (preparatory for graduate study in ecology or environmental science)
  • B.S. degree with emphasis in exercise physiology

Marine Science

Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium

Select courses in marine sciences, available through the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, may be taken for credit at UAH toward a biological sciences major or minor, a minor in marine sciences, or a Master of Science degree in biological sciences.

Biological sciences majors electing a marine sciences minor generally would not take MS courses in the minor that were principally biologically oriented. Courses for which credit is not given for a biological sciences major or minor can be taken as electives. UAH's MESC liaison officer must approve all programs of study that involve marine sciences courses.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Our department is also affiliated with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and our students have the opportunity to take courses there during the summer.