The Department of Biology offers the following academics for students:
The Bachelor of Science is intended for students wishing to study biology, enter medical, dental or veterinary school, attend a graduate program in the life sciences, become involved in health policy or and/or get started in research. All Biology undergrads will earn a minor in Chemistry upon successful completion of the Biology major requirements.
Undergraduate Honors Program
The program offers intensified study for selected students. Emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge and the comprehension of ideas. Honors study includes courses in general education and in specialized departmental areas. For Biology majors, honors study allows for flexibility with opportunities for independent study through supervised reading in the sophomore and junior years and directed research in the senior year
M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Programs
The Department of Biology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in two major areas of concentration: 1) Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) and 2) Ecological, Environmental and Systematic Biology (EESB). CMB offers specialization in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, physiology, developmental biology, microbiology and bioinformatics, while EESB offers specialization in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental biology, conservation biology, and organismal biology. Incoming graduate students may elect any area of their choice leading to either M.S. or Ph.D. degree; however, the Ph.D. program is the major focus of the departmental graduate program. The department also participates in the M.D./Ph.D. degree program jointly offered by the Graduate School and Howard University College of Medicine.