The Biology degree provides students with current, practical knowledge of plants and animals, emphasizing whole organism biology in both ecological and evolutionary contexts.
Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that overlaps with both the biological sciences and the physical and mathematical sciences; our educational program emphasizes the integration of computer science with genetics and molecular biology. Students who complete this program often enter top graduate programs in bioinformatics and computational biology, enter leading professional schools (including law school, medical school, or dental school), or find employment in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or software development companies.
The Biodiversity and Conservation major provides students with a broad scientific background in preparation for a career or graduate study in conservation fields, but with a specific focus on biodiversity science. Graduates will acquire a knowledge of the issues and problems of sustainable resource usage, conservation of endangered biota, long-term preservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and ecological economics, and management and conservation of ecosystems.
The major prepares students for graduate study in preparation for work focusing on conservation biology and for positions in government agencies that oversee the management of natural resources (e.g. US Fish Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and state fish & game agencies).