bachelor of science in biology
begin your journey into the study of life itself
to anyone eager to learn about the natural world around them, frostburg state university’s undergraduate biology program offers a world of unique learning experiences and opportunities to find a home. the four-year bachelor’s curriculum includes courses spread over a broad range of topics, from ecology/evolution to molecular and cellular biology, and a collection of concentrations, options, minors and related programs that can prepare you for a great career or graduate program, wherever your interests lie!
- craft a degree that fits you! beyond a general biology degree, fsu offers concentrations in molecular biology and environmental science, as well as an option in pre-health professions and a double-major for future high school teachers.
biology program highlights:
- engage in fields that support biological studies – such as chemistry, physics and math – to develop a thorough scientific knowledge base and get ready for a great career or graduate school.
- jump-start your career or graduate studies with experience! fsu offers tons of opportunities for students to get involved in independent research with a faculty member, as part of an ongoing project or for their own original studies.
- practice what you learn in facilities designed for your niche. fsu’s educational resources include specialized labs for animal physiology, biotechnology, genetics, cell biology, forestry, stream ecology… the list goes on! western maryland itself is full of unique environments for hands-on, out-of-the-classroom learning.
- hang out and explore biology with your peers in student-run clubs, like beta beta beta biological honors society, the wildlife society, quality deer management or the sierra student coalition.
- use your college years to build a professional network. frostburg students get opportunities to travel to a variety of conferences, and fsu frequently hosts major organizations right on campus! recent events include the 2012 society for economic botany annual meeting and the 2010 wildlife society southeastern conclave.
about our biology faculty:
explore a world of research opportunities! biology faculty members actively pursue a variety of research interests to stay involved in the community and often welcome student participation in their projects.
learn by doing with professors who embrace the hands-on nature of biology through in-depth labs and field trips around the region.
sample biology courses you may take:
microbiology – microorganisms, especially their form, structure, reproduction, physiology, metabolism and identification, with emphasis on their distribution in nature, their beneficial and detrimental effects on humans, and the physical and chemical changes they make in the environment.
economic botany – study of plants and the link between plant structure and human’s use of plants. students will gain an understanding of the form and function of the plant body; plant nomenclature; history of plant use; origins of economically important plants; use of flowers, fruits, roots, stems and leaves for food and other purposes.
comparative anatomy – emphasis on structural relationships among fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals based on the evolution and development of organ systems. dissection of representative chordates.
molecular biology – modern molecular concepts and techniques such as molecular cell function, dna replication, pcr, protein synthesis, restriction enzyme analysis, dna sequencing and dna fingerprinting.
find out more about frostburg state university’s biology program requirements (pdf).
career outlook for biologists:
the broad basics included in a biology degree mean you’ll have a good shot at getting into a huge variety of natural science fields, such as agriculture, microbiology, geoscience, epidemiology, biochemistry, environmental science and more! many biology graduates build on their degree by pursuing advanced studies in medical school or a master’s program in a specialized field. check out some of the possibilities open to biology students at the bureau of labor statistics’ webpage on life, physical, and social science occupations (u.s. government occupational outlook handbook).