Degree Programs and Areas of Interest for biology undergraduate students
Bachelor of Science in Biology - Degree Plan
The program leading to the
Bachelor of Science in biology includes a
biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses. You must also
general education requirements for the university and for the College
of Arts and Sciences. During the last two years of the program,
work will become more specialized, concentrating in a specific
as botany, ecology, physiology, or zoology.
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology - Degree Plan
The department offers the
Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology,
the criteria established by the American Society for Microbiology. The
in microbiology prepares students for careers in agricultural,
industrial, or medical microbiology employed by federal, state or
Bachelor of Arts - Degree Plan
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is intended for students desiring a broad education with a core of essential biology courses. This option provides an excellent basis for careers such as scientific journalism, secondary education, and pharmaceutical sales.
with interest in:
|Conservation Ecology Minor|
|Conservation Ecology Major|
The department offers a minor in biology, which provides a useful complement to other majors. For example, civil and chemical engineering majors may find a minor in biology helpful. A student majoring in business could take a minor in biology to prepare for a career in a health-care industry. The department also offers minors in microbiology, human biology, and conservation biology.
Biology majors are encouraged to select minors in such areas as agricultural science, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, psychology or molecular biology.
Preparation for a life in biology...
Modern biologists must have a good background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics as well as biology. If you plan a career in any of the disciplines of biology, you should enroll in courses in these areas--especially mathematics and chemistry--while in high school. As a biologist, you will need to communicate not only with your professional and scientific colleagues, but also with the general public. High school course work in speech, composition, and literature helps to develop these necessary communication skills.
Some areas of biology use computers extensively; others make use of electronic devices. Computer literacy is a distinct advantage in all biological disciplines, and experience with analytical instruments is a valuable asset.
Early on in your studies at NMSU, you will want to seek advice on how to pursue your interests and goals, even before you declare a major (Biology or Microbiology) or minor (Human Biology, Conservation Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology). Getting to know faculty members is a great way to learn about a career in biology. However, the Biology Department also maintains an Advising Center in Foster Hall 107C, which is a great way to learn about the Department at the beginning of your academic studies. Advising Center staff will help you plan your schedule so that you take the right courses, in the right sequence, and finish your degree in a timely fashion. They can advise you are the requirements for admission into professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, etc. Information on internships, scholarships and graduate schools is also provided.
Current Advising Center hours are: Mon 10-1, Tue 8-12, 1-5, Wed & Thu 10-12, 1-3, and Fri 8-10. The center's phone number is 575-646-3298.