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Biological Sciences, BS

Biological Sciences is offered in five concentration areas. 

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Research Professions

Introduction

Compared to students at other institutions, biology majors at Delaware State spend less time in the lecture hall and more time in the research lab. Undergraduates can get involved in research projects as early as their sophomore year, often working directly with full faculty. In addition, by the end of their senior year all students in the biology program have designed and conducted their own independent research project and presented their findings to classmates and faculty.

The strong commitment to research exemplifies Delaware State’s hands-on approach to teaching biology. Our undergraduate students develop practical lab and research skills that will serve them throughout their academic and professional careers. They also get a lot of personal interaction from professors, thanks to our small class sizes.

At Delaware State, students don’t merely study biology — they practice it.

Professional Preparation

For many biology majors, Delaware State is the first step in an educational sequence. A significant portion of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, biology, veterinary science, or other scientific disciplines. However, with a BS degree in the General Biology track, graduates can choose to go directly into the work force can find employment in biology-related fields such as

  • environmental regulation / research
  • product development
  • health care
  • biotechnology or bioinformatics
  • pharmaceuticals
  • natural resources
  • science writing

Faculty

Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the sciences. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development.

Research and Experience

At Delaware State, undergraduates in the biology program are encouraged to get involved in research. In addition to completing an independent research project, as required for their Senior Capstone course, students routinely get invited to join research teams made up of senior faculty and graduate students. Senior researchers on campus are currently involved in projects in such fields as neuroscience, cancer, DNA analysis, plant breeding, and gene manipulation.

When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. The skills they gain through this experience offer invaluable preparation for advanced degrees and/or scientific careers.

Health Professions

Introduction

The Health Professions track of the BS degree in Biological Sciences offers complete preparation for medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools, as well as other careers in health care. The program’s coursework includes a full range of pre-professional foundational subject matter, including

  • core biology courses
  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • organic chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • physics
  • neuroscience
  • immunology
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics
  • writing, critical thinking, and communication of scientific concepts

Delaware State’s biology department goes out of its way to provide its undergraduates with opportunities to perform hands-on lab work and research. These activities enable students to build up their credentials for medical or other professional schools, or to gain valuable experience that prepares them for careers in medical research, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, product development, and other health-care professions.

Professional Preparation

The demand for doctors and other health care professionals is growing throughout the United States, so graduates of the Health Professions program enjoy a broad array of career options and opportunities. They may go on to become

  • doctors
  • physician assistants
  • pharmacists
  • medical researchers
  • laboratory analysts
  • public health administrators
  • veterinarians
  • dentists
  • college or university faculty

Faculty

Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the health care professions. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development.

Research and Experience

All undergraduates in Delaware State’s biology program are required to complete an independent research project before graduation.. In addition, many choose to play a role on research teams made up of senior faculty and graduate students. Delaware State has active inquiries in such fields as neuroscience, anatomy, physiology, cancer, DNA analysis, and gene manipulation.

When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. The skills they gain through this experience offer invaluable preparation for advanced degrees and/or health-care careers.

General Biology

Introduction

Compared to students at other institutions, biology majors at Delaware State spend less time in the lecture hall and more time in the research lab. Undergraduates can get involved in research projects as early as their sophomore year, often working directly with full faculty. In addition, by the end of their senior year all students in the biology program have designed and conducted their own independent research project and presented their findings to classmates and faculty.

The strong commitment to research exemplifies Delaware State’s hands-on approach to teaching biology. Our undergraduate students develop practical lab and research skills that will serve them throughout their academic and professional careers. They also get a lot of personal interaction from professors, thanks to our small class sizes.

At Delaware State, students don’t merely study biology — they practice it.

Professional Preparation

For many biology majors, Delaware State is the first step in an educational sequence. A significant portion of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, biology, veterinary science, or other scientific disciplines. However, with a BS degree in the General Biology track, graduates can choose to go directly into the work force can find employment in biology-related fields such as

  • environmental regulation / research
  • product development
  • health care
  • biotechnology or bioinformatics
  • pharmaceuticals
  • natural resources
  • science writing

Faculty

Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the sciences. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development.

Research and Experience

At Delaware State, undergraduates in the biology program are encouraged to get involved in research. In addition to completing an independent research project, as required for their Senior Capstone course, students routinely get invited to join research teams made up of senior faculty and graduate students. Senior researchers on campus are currently involved in projects in such fields as neuroscience, cancer, DNA analysis, plant breeding, and gene manipulation.

When research opportunities arise, undergraduates do more than simply wash test tubes; they play active, often significant roles in the research process. The skills they gain through this experience offer invaluable preparation for advanced degrees and/or scientific careers.

Forensic Biology

Introduction

Delaware State offers one of the few Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology degrees in the United States. This increasingly important discipline involves the use of biological knowledge and laboratory techniques in law enforcement, criminal justice, homeland security, and related fields.

Our Forensic Biology degree is a cross-campus partnership, with required coursework in criminal justice, biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, and photography. We also work closely with forensic biology professionals and agencies, placing heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. Students develop the diverse set of skills that professional investigators need, learning to

  • perform DNA analysis
  • analyze crime scenes
  • conduct cause-of-death investigations
  • write up and present test findings

Professional Preparation

With a Bachelor’s in Forensic Biology, graduates can compete for entry-level jobs with a variety of employers, including

  • state or federal crime labs
  • medical examiner’s offices
  • private firms that do testing and analysis
  • agencies and firms related to homeland security

In addition, students with a Forensic Biology degree are prepared to pursue a graduate degree in biology, or to enter medical school or another advanced degree program.

Faculty

Members of the Delaware State biology faculty are highly committed to undergraduate education. Attentive and accessible, they go out of their way to cultivate students’ interest in biology, research, and the sciences. Our instructors provide individual attention to each student, acting as mentors and advisors as well as classroom educators. They help students discover their academic strengths and lay solid foundations for graduate school and career development.

Research and Experience

The Forensic Biology program partners with law enforcement agencies, Dover Air Force Base, and other organizations in the local community, enabling students to gain first-hand experience and interaction with professionals in the field. With approval of their Academic Advisor, some students are selected to participate in an internship as their Capstone project instead of a research project, giving them the experience to observe / learn in an actual crime laboratory.

In addition to the standard university curriculum, students take courses from local forensic experts. In these courses they learn basic science, research, and analysis techniques involved in the Forensic Biology profession, with particular emphasis on DNA analysis. They also develop the ability to present data, prepare figures and slides, create posters, and organize information.