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Bachelor of Science
Major, Minor
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree


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.

Key Benefits

  • 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.
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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.

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Program Statistics

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 critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Teach students how to assimilate content knowledge with research skills

  • Enhance communication and information literacy skills

  • Promote leadership, collaboration, and teamwork

  • Encourage reflective capacities

  • Develop an understanding of the major concepts in the biological sciences

  • Explore relationships between science and society

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

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Sample 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.

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Career Opportunities

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.

Potential Careers

  • Ecologist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Science Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Microbiologist
  • Dentist
  • Biotechnology researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Bioengineer
  • Forensic Science Technician
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Related Programs

The Biology program can also be taken as a minor, which is a great supplement to a degree in chemistry, geology, neuroscience, or physics.

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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.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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