B.S. in Biology
Our four-year curriculum in biology prepares you for graduate study in biology, employment in laboratory or field programs in private industry or government agencies, and teaching in secondary schools.
In addition, you'll also be ready for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, and into allied health programs.
As a graduate of VCU's undergraduate program, you will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of evolutionary processes and the functions and interactions of cells, organisms and species
- Oral and written communication skills needed for professional careers in the field of biology
- Critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills
- Knowledge in the methods of inquiry and research in biology
If you have or are intending to transfer to VCU and major in biology, you must satisfy all biology major course requirements and complete a minimum of 15 credits of VCU biology courses at the 300-, 400- or 500-level.
As a biology major, you can graduate with honors in biology. To qualify, you must have overall and biology GPAs of at least 3.5 and must complete the following courses in this sequence:
- BIOL 392: Introduction to Research
- At least four credits of BIOL 495 Research and Thesis
- BIOL 490 Research Seminar
Grades of A or B must be earned in each of the listed courses. If you meet all requirements, you will have the notation “Honors in Biology” placed on your transcript. In addition, you must meet all Department of Biology requirements for graduation. Please consult with your academic adviser to create a program suitable to your particular needs and interests.
Extended Teacher Preparation Program
If you're interested in a career teaching biology, VCU has a great option for you. The School of Education, in cooperation with the College of Humanities and Sciences — which houses VCU's Department of Biology — offers extended teacher preparation programs in secondary education (grade six through grade 12) and early childhood and elementary education (prekindergarten through grade six). The successful completion of these programs results in the simultaneous awarding of both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.