Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Through fieldwork, experimentation, research, and internships, biology students learn about the world we live in by engaging in the process of scientific inquiry. Our biology program has a robust core of organismal and molecular biology, with a strong focus on hands-on laboratory and undergraduate research. In fact, students receive credit for experiential learning such as research projects and internships, and many of our students present their work at national conferences.
Who It's For
Our program creates biologists who are creative, curious, and think critically about the world around them. Our challenging coursework and distinctive research opportunities prepare you to attend medical or veterinary school, attend graduate school in the sciences, teach biology in secondary schools, work in biotechnology, science writing, or a myriad of other careers.
- Undergraduate research is prominent in our program so you’ll have lots of opportunities to learn first-hand how new knowledge is generated.
- You can earn credit toward your degree by completing internships, working on research projects, and serving as a teaching assistant.
- You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to customize your degree plan to focus on the sub-field that most interests you.
About the Program
The Biology program offers small lab-based courses taught by faculty with expertise in biology, neuroscience, environmental science, paleontology, and biochemistry. You will have access to state-of-the-art labs in our LEED Certified Meldrum Science Center for both coursework and research projects. When you sign up for field courses, Utah’s deserts, mountains, and Great Salt Lake become your classroom.
Explore the ways you can get involved in the Westminster community to make the most of your biology education, and get insight on the perspectives of Westminster biology students.
Recent biology graduates are accepted to professional and graduate schools at a rate of 50-100% each year, or enter the workforce prepared for success.
What You'll Learn
- Develop an understanding of the major concepts in the biological sciences, focusing on sub-fields like evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, ecology, global change biology, and microbiology.
- Develop content knowledge of major concepts in the various biology sub disciplines , including, evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, and classification of organisms and recognition of how form fits its function.
- Critically and analytically evaluate biological data to formulate valid conclusions.
- Enhance communication and information literacy skills to effectively communicate biological concepts and data in both written and verbal format.
- Demonstrate proficiency in general scientific skills and skills specific to an area of specialization within biology.
- Explore relationships between science and society and evaluate the ethical implications of scientific study.
- Promote leadership, collaboration, and teamwork.
- Encourage reflective capacities.
Plan of Study
You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses in ecology, genetics, cell biology, and organisms and evolution. As you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses ranging from astrobiology to paleontology, while participating in undergraduate research that aligns with your interests. To complete your degree, you’ll also take courses in chemistry, physics, and math.
Liberal Education Courses
Stem Cells and Development
In this class, you’ll learn about stem cell therapy and regeneration. You’ll investigate how things like signal transduction, gene regulation, and epigenetic mechanisms influence stem cells. You’ll examine model systems, explore medical applications, and apply what you learn by working on research projects with your classmates.
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe. You’ll study a mix of physics, astronomy, biology, geology, and math, asking where and under what conditions life can arise and exist in the universe.
Our program prepares students for the career of their choice. Many of our students having continued their education in professional and graduate schools. Other students have gone on to work as laboratory researchers, educators, biotechnologists, and even Peace Corps volunteers.
- Science Teacher
- Biotechnology researcher
- Peace Corps volunteer
- Forensic Science Technician
“If they find life on Mars, then I would feel like I was part of something huge because it’s like alien life. That’s insane. I didn’t think I’d be a part of that as an undergraduate.”
Tuition and Aid
There's No Better Investment Than You
Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.
With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.
You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.
In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.Check Out Scholarships