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Areas of Emphasis


One of the fastest growing areas in basic biology research, n euroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. The scope of neuroscience has broadened to include different approaches used to study the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational and medical aspects of the nervous system. The techniques used by neuroscientists have also expanded enormously, from molecular and cellular studies of individual nerve cells to imaging of sensory and motor tasks in the brain.

both the B.S. and B.A. in biology with emphasis in neuroscience provides students with all the preparation necessary for graduate school in neuroscience or medical school and the medical school entrance exam – the MCAT.

Biology majors pursuing the area of emphasis in neuroscience take two introductory courses to learn about basic features of neurons and the organization of the brain, and then take a further concentration of courses in biology that are related to neuroscience. A neuroscience emphasis is posted on the transcripts of students who complete these requirements.


Are you interested in the future of research and medicine? The study of genomics has produced a fundamental shift in the understanding of biology, including the human genome and its contribution to health and disease.

Genomics is an area within genetics that concerns the sequencing and analysis of an organism's genome. The genome is the entire DNA content that is present within one cell of an organism. Experts in genomics strive to determine complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand disease.

Both the B.S. and B.A. in biology with an emphasis in genomics provides students with a strong foundation for medical school, graduate school or a career in forensics, law and public and personal health.

Ecology and Environmental Biology

If you are curious about the environment, want to solve problems and enjoy being outdoors, then you should consider an area of emphasis in ecology and environmental biology.

Ecology and environmental biology is the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment. This area of emphasis includes the study of interactions organisms have with each other, other organisms and with abiotic components of their environment. Topics of interest include the diversity, distribution, amount (biomass) and number (population) of particular organisms, as well as cooperation and competition between organisms, both within and among ecosystems.

Both the B.S. and B.A. in biology with an emphasis in ecology and environment biology will provide you with all the preparation necessary to be competitive for graduate school in ecology or for an environment-related career.