Bachelor of Science in Biology
The Biology Science Major at Kutztown University offers 4 competitive program concentration tracks led by faculty with a strong dedication to teaching and providing all students with an excellent foundation in biology. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to help students in the selection of classes, discuss internship and research opportunities for academic credit, as well as provide other career advice.
Virtually all courses in the Biology major have a lab component taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants, which allows students to experience a lab-intensive, hands-on approach using state-of-the art equipment to facilitate students practice the application of important biological principles learned in lectures. Other opportunities exist for one-on-one faculty-student interactions including conducting independent faculty-advised research.
In addition we have affiliation agreements with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Palmer College of Chiropractic, and Alvernia University, which secures students that meet academic and other criteria, an interview and/or acceptance.
Students can choose from the following program tracks:
The B.S. in Biology: Allied Health track is designed to prepare students to become Allied Health professionals, which are health professionals distinct from medicine or nursing, and include medical technologists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dental hygienists, athletic trainers, genetic assistants, optometrists, and surgical technologists, just to name a few.
The B.S. in Biology: Organismal Biology and Ecology track is designed to prepare students to become field research technicians or hold other positions in private, not-for-profit or government organizations such as the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, PA Fish & Wildlife, or local government agencies. Students often pursue M.S. or Ph.D. degrees to better understand the biology of whole organisms and their ecology in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
The B.S. in Biology: Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology track is designed to prepare students to become research laboratory technicians or hold other positions in industry, government or academic institutions, as well as pursue graduate degrees (M.S. or Ph.D.) to better understand the function of cells in animals, plants and fungi, as well as of microorganisms such bacteria.
The B.S. in Biology: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dental track is designed to prepare students to apply for Medical (M.D. and D.O.), Veterinary, or Dentistry programs throughout the country. The Program provides students with relevant information and assistance with academics, career planning, and preparation for the professional school application process.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will demonstrate advanced competence in their area of specialization, either organismal biology/ecology, cell biology/microbiology, pre-medical science, or allied health science.
Students will demonstrate proficiency in skills useful in gaining successful employment in biology-related positions or admission to graduate or professional programs.
Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will demonstrate writing skills such that they can effectively convey concepts and information in their discipline.
Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will demonstrate oral communication skills such that they can effectively convey concepts and information in their discipline.
Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will be able to effectively utilize the scientific method.