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Bachelor of Science in Biology

Opportunities for students trained in biology have grown dramatically with increasing demand for those who are educated in life sciences. Through training in biology students learn to apply scientific methods, test hypotheses and develop laboratory skills. Critical thinking to evaluate scientific results through statistical analyses, scientific writing and oral presentation are basic skills developed by students who major in biology.

The Department of Physical and Biological Sciences offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology. These degrees provide the background necessary for a variety of careers, as well as entry into graduate and professional schools. A biology or chemistry major is recommended for students seeking entry into medical, veterinary, dental or nursing schools.

Students who have completed a degree in biology at Columbia College will:
  • Possess basic scientific vocabulary and knowledge.
  • Understand the scientific method and its application.
  • Understand biological principles, models and theories and apply these to biological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills; including familiarity with instrumentation and analytic methods commonly used in biological research.
  • Evaluate scientific results through statistical analyses and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate competence in scientific writing and oral presentation, and familiarity with the use of scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding ethics in science and everyday life.


    Physical & Biological Sciences Department

    Degree requirements

    The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes required courses in your major and general education requirements, as well as elective classes you will select.

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    The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is available and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

    Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.


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