Why study Biology at APSU?
The Biology Department provides an intellectual and motivational environment for learning and career development in many areas of biology. Students can pursue training in field biology and zoology, animal and plant physiology, microbiology, and environmental assessment.
What will I learn?
Through your study in biology you will gain exposure to the vastness of the living world from microorganisms that provide us with new sources of energy to physiological processes at work in animals and plants as well as ecological interactions on a local and global level. Biology majors thus gain a broad understanding of the natural world and develop skills of the scientific process enabling them to think critically in the collection and analysis of data.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Biology Majors Do After Graduation?
Graduates from APSU with a major in biology are prepared to continue their education in professional programs; such as medical school, physical therapy or graduate school, or they may enter the workforce as research scientists in university or industry laboratories, biological consultants, or as scientists in local, state, or federal government agencies.
- Environmental Manager
- Conservation Biologist
- Biologist Technician
- Food Scientist
- Biology Teacher