Special Programs – Biology
Secondary Education Certification
Biology majors seeking Certification in Secondary Education must fulfill all Biology Major course requirements.
In addition to the regular BS degree requirements, participants in the Biology Honors Program must complete the following:
- Regular participation in Biology Honors Student Discussion Group
- One semester of BIO 490 – Teaching Assistantship
- BIO 378 – Biological Research and Data Analysis (3 Credits) This course satisfies the University Honors Requirement of Honors 380 and can be used in combination with MAT 243 to satisfy the math requirement for the Biology Major. A grade of C or better is required to maintain good standing in the Department’s Program. This course is offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.
- Satisfactory completion of an Honors Thesis Research Project
- 9 Credits: (5 Credits of BIO 488 – Honors Thesis Research and 4 credits of HON 488 – Honors Thesis) Refer to Department of Biology Honors Thesis Guidelines for additional information.
- The BIO 466 – Senior Seminar in Biology requirement for Biology majors can be waived in lieu of the satisfactory completion of the 9-credit Honors Thesis.
- Completion of University Honors Requirements
We do not offer a Bachelors in Nursing, but students interested in Nursing now have two fast-track RN options, at UConn and SCSU. These programs run approximately 15 months following graduation and give you an RN at the end. You will meet the admission requirements for UConn by taking a series of required courses in Biology (Bio 120, Bio 220 ,Bio 230, Bio 334, Bio 348, Bio 350 and a research based course), Chemistry (Chem 210/211, Chem 212/213) and Statistics (Mat 216). SCSU has similar requirements with the addition of Mat 135, Psych 104 Psych 204 and Eng 200. Details can be found here.
Biotechnology and biochemistry are among the fastest growing areas of biology. Courses in these areas prepare students for research or sales careers in biotechnology firms and corporations, in research laboratories, and for graduate school; the jobs are intellectually and financially rewarding. Students interested in these fields should identify themselves to the faculty, so that the appropriate course work can be recommended; students should be well prepared not only in biology, but in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Internships and Independent Study
Students interested in independent study (BIO 180, 280, 380, 480), teaching assistantships (BIO 490, 491) or internships (BIO 494) should consult with their advisor concerning the requirements and opportunities for such courses. Students who participate in biology internship programs are typically juniors or seniors, have at least a “B” average in their major (including chemistry, physics, and mathematics), and make an application through their biology advisor. These internships are designed to give students one or two semesters of practical work experience in an area of biology, which most closely relates to their vocational goals. The University awards 3-15 credits per semester for each study program. The number of available positions is limited and placement is highly competitive. There is no guarantee that students will be placed.
Students planning to apply to professional schools should consult their Biology Department advisors as soon as possible after enrollment. Students may prepare for medical, dental, veterinary, chiropractic, podiatric, or optometry school by majoring in biology. The Bachelor of Science degree program satisfies the requirements for most professional schools.Interested students should meet with the Preprofessional Advising Committee (PAC) to consider and set a curriculum. Students are expected to attend PAC-sponsored semester meetings, and they are encouraged to attend any enhancement and/or preparatory programs of BIOLOGY preferred by the department or the university. During their junior and senior years, students must spend time preparing for entrance examinations (Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), etc.); materials are available in the library from the reserve desk. Students should volunteer or intern during semester and summer breaks in appropriate institutions. In addition, qualified pre-professional students are encouraged to participate in an independent study project.