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Undergraduate Degrees in Biology, Microbiology, & Biochemistry

The Department of Biological Sciences undergraduate degree programs were designed to highlight specific knowledge and skill sets that will serve as a strong foundation for a student’s chosen career path. Students majoring in any of our four bachelor degree programs have various funding opportunities that will further prepare them for a technical or scientific career, graduate studies, or professional schools. For example, ISU leads Idaho in health profession education and those students majoring in the Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) increase their chances of acceptance to a professional school. Over 90% of our students applying to M.D. and D.O. programs are accepted, a figure nearly twice the national average.

  1. Bachelors of Art (B.A.) in Biology
    1. Biology Education
    2. Natural History
  2. Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biology
    1. Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
    2. Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECB)
    3. Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB)
  3. Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry
  4. Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Microbiology

Apply for our Undergraduate Degree Programs

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Application Process.
  2. Meet with the Biological Sciences advisor.
  3. Declaration of Major.

Bachelors of Art (B.A.) in Biology


The purpose of the B.A. in Biology is to serve students who have a broad interest in the Biological Sciences and who seek substantial flexibility in the development of their own programs.  This degree fosters knowledge and understanding of major concepts in the discipline as well as the processes of scientific investigation.  Students are required to take the Core Biology B.A. classes and then select an area of concentration in either Biological Education or Natural History.

For your chosen B.A. in Biology concentration, familiarize yourself with the:

  1. Degree requirements in the course catalog​
  2. BA Biology Degree MAPs;
    • Biology Education OR
    • Natural History

Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biology


The purpose of the B.S. in Biology is to serve students who have a broad interest in the biological sciences and who seek substantial flexibility in the development of their own programs. This degree fosters, in students, knowledge and understanding of major concepts in the discipline as well as the processes of scientific investigation. Students served by this Major are those interested in preparing for a career in biology, ecology, conservation or natural history, entering a health-related professional program (i.e., physician assistant, occupational therapist, medical doctor, etc.), certifying to teach in public schools, or developing a variety of laboratory skills. The B.S. in Biology requires significant exposure to biological sciences, as well as concepts in math and the physical sciences, while providing a large number of electives. Students are required to take the Core Biology B.S. classes and then select an area of concentration in either; Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECB), or Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB). 

For your chosen B.S. in Biology concentration, familiarize yourself with the:

  1. Degree requirements in the course catalog​ 
  2. BS Biology Degree MAPs;
    • Biomedical Sciences (BMS),
    • Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECB), OR
    • Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB)

Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry


The B.S. in Biochemistry is a joint program with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and is designed to serve students who seek to develop a strong background in biochemistry and the supporting sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics. Majors also gain experience in the broad areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, and medical and/or ecological applications of each. Majors gain experience that will prepare them to participate in research development, planning and implementation, and to be competent to carry out standard biochemical and molecular biology techniques in the laboratory. The B.S. in Biochemistry prepares students to be competitive for positions in research, graduate schools, health profession schools, and in the biotechnology industry. 

To prepare for the B.S. in Biochemistry familiarize yourself with the:

  1. Degree requirements in the course catalog​ 
  2. BS Biochemistry Degree MAP

Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Microbiology


The purpose of the BS in Microbiology is to give students a broad set of scientific, analytical, and problem solving skills. This degree gives students a broad understanding of genetics, immunology, and molecular biology. The Microbiology degree prepares students for entry level jobs in healthcare and scientific research including job as a laboratory technician, food inspector, forensic scientist, and water quality scientist.

To prepare for the B.S. in Microbiology program, familiarize yourself with the:

  1. Degree requirements in the course catalog​
  2. BS Microbiology Degree MAP

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