The program of the Department of Biology is designed to contribute to a scientific background as part of a liberal education. The department offers a diversified, broadly based program, which can be designed to satisfy many areas of study. Our multitrack major can provide the traditional student with a well-rounded background in biology, or students may select courses to prepare them for a particular area of study. The multitrack curriculum can prepare students for graduate study, pre-health professional fields (such as medicine or dentistry), marine biology, or environmental science. The department has persons trained to advise in each of these areas. A list of advisors for a specific track or area of study can be obtained from the departmental office.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students, who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.
Biology majors are required to take CIS 150 or ST 210 to fulfill the technology proficiency requirement, which was formerly known as the computer proficiency requirement.
Effective for fall, 2016, Major Milestones are used in all concentrations of the Biology Bachelor of Science major to help students stay on track for timely graduation. Each regular semester in the Biology major is a tracking term. In order to remain on track, students must complete the milestone requirements for each tracking term. These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestone tab above.
Major milestone requirements apply only to full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2016 or later. Milestone requirements do not apply to transfer students in the Biology program.
The sample academic plan viewable on the Major Milestone tab above is designed to ensure graduation in the Biology major in four years. Several academic plans are available -- consult with your academic advisor for the plan that is the best fit for you. For specific course requirements, refer to the program requirements above and the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Degrees, Minors, or Certificates
|Axsmith, Brian J.||Biological Sciences||Professor||BS, Millersville U of Pennsylvania
PHD, University of Kansas
|Borchert, Glen M.||Biological Sciences||Assistant Professor||BS, University of Tennessee-Martin
PHD, University of Iowa
|Chiari, Ylenia||Biological Sciences||Assistant Professor||PHD, Univ of Konstanz||C|
|Chupp, Adam D.||Biological Sciences||Part-Time Instructor||BS, Ohio University-Main Campus
MS, Virginia Commonwealth U
PHD, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale
|Delaney Tucker, Cynthia L.||Biological Sciences||Senior Instructor||BS, University of West Florida
MS, University of South Alabama
|Glaberman, Scott R.||Biological Sciences||Assistant Professor||BA, Tufts University
MS, Yale University
PHD, Yale University
|Hamil, Tray W.||Biological Sciences||Instructor||BS, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
MS, University of South Alabama
|Littlefield, Ryan S.||Biological Sciences||Assistant Professor||BA, Johns Hopkins University
PHD, Scripps Research Institute
|Major, Clinton S.||Biological Sciences||Senior Instructor||BA, College Of The Atlantic
MS, University of Maine
|Major, Kelly M.||Biological Sciences||Professor||BA, Elmira College
PHD, University of Maine
|Mata, Juan L.||Biological Sciences||Associate Professor||BS, Univ of Costa Rica
MS, Univ of Costa Rica
PHD, University of Tennessee-Knox
|McCreadie, John W.||Biological Sciences||Professor||BS, University of Guelph
MS, Memorial Univ of Newfoundland
PHD, Memorial Univ of Newfoundland
|Ni Chadhain, Sinead M.||Biological Sciences||Assistant Professor||BS, University of Scranton
PHD, University of Delaware
|O'Brien, John J.||Biological Sciences||Assistant Professor||AB, Stanford University
PHD, University of CA-Santa Bar
|Sherman, Timothy D.||Biological Sciences||Professor||BS, Arkansas Tech University
PHD, Texas A & M University