Biological Science Degree Program Highlights
The bachelor’s degree in biological science at McNeese combines interdisciplinary study, scientific research, community service and professional activities to teach students the structure, functions and development of living organisms. With a wide range of research opportunities, the biological science degree program prepares students with the skills required to enter the professional workforce in a variety of careers, or to pursue advanced study in graduate or professional schools.
Five areas of concentration
As a biological science major, you’ll explore topics in microbiology, human anatomy, organic chemistry, physics and ecology, plus specialized classes if you select one of the six concentrations the program offers – general biology, biology education grades 6-12, molecular biology, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy or pre-medicine.
At a Glance
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)
Availability: in person
Biological Science Degree Concentrations
This concentration combines interdisciplinary study, scientific research and professional activities to teach students about all aspects of biology - the study of living organisms.General Biology Curriculum
As a Biology Education Grades 6-12 major, you will learn how to successfully teach the basics of biology to the next generation and will graduate ready to step into your career with initial teacher certification.Biology Education Curriculum
The concentration in molecular biology is perfect for students who are looking to pursue careers in research and development in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture or ecology.Molecular Biology Curriculum
McNeese's pre-dentistry concentration prepares students with the strong foundation in science needed to pass the DAT (Dental Admission Test) and pursue professional study in the field of dentistry. For the past five years, 75% of McNeese grads who applied to dental school were admitted, surpassing the national dental school acceptance rate of 54.5%.Pre-Dentistry Curriculum
Gaining admittance into medical school is extremely difficult, but over 70% of McNeese biological sciences students who graduate with a 3.6 GPA or above succeed. A combination of rigorous coursework, guidance from our knowledgeable premedical advisors, and specially tailored programs prepares students for the MCAT and medical school.Pre-Medicine Curriculum
Students in pre-pharmacy develop a strong foundation in the biological and natural sciences. McNeese's program allows students to complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum through their junior year and, after successfully completing the first year of work in an accredited school of pharmacy, students are awarded their Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese.Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum
What Can You Do with a Biological Science Degree?
There are a variety of careers that biological science majors can pursue immediately after graduation. Many students also choose to continue their studies at medical, dental or pharmacy schools.
Graduate Schools or Programs
- Master of Science in Biological Science
- Master of Science in Molecular Biology
- Medical School
- Dental School
- Pharmacy School
Job Titles or Employers
- Biology Teacher
- Environmental Scientist
- Forensic Scientist
- Laboratory Technologist
- Marine Biologist
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
- Research Assistant
- Technical Writer
Programs Related to the Bachelor's in Biological Science
Not sure if the biological sciences bachelor’s program is right for you? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at McNeese and talk about your options with a recruiter.
Dr. Kathy Jackson, Department Head