The biology major is designed to: give students a broad understanding of the processes, concepts, and structures that characterize life at three basic levels: molecular/cellular, system/organism, and community/ecosystem; encourage scientific investigation and experimentation through laboratory and field experiences and independent, authentic research; and finally, prepare students for the further pursuit of graduate or professional school, or for careers in health care, public and private research, teaching, and related fields.
B.S. in Biology
The biology core curriculum requires the completion of two mandatory introductory courses (cr. hr = 8) within the first year, after which students may select 5 to 7 advanced biological courses (cr. hr = 19 - 28) based on interests and career goals with the restriction that at least one course is taken in each of three major categories of biology (i.e., organismal/physiology, cellular and molecular, and environmental/ecology /evolution).
1. A required "core" of nine biology courses with labs representing three levels of life processes:
2. Senior seminar
3. Four required courses in chemistry
4. Two required courses in math
5. Two required courses in physics
Graduate Study in Biology
The graduate study program in biology leads to the Master of Science degree. The offering of a graduate degree in biology has several purposes. One of these is to offer students who have attained the baccalaureate degree in biology or other natural sciences the opportunity to broaden and increase their knowledge in the biological sciences. Another is the opportunity for students to enter into or expand their experience in the area of experimental research in biology. These objectives may be achieved through selection of elective courses offered in this department and allied areas (chemistry, agriculture, veterinary medicine, etc.), and by the selection of a research area of concentration. The latter is with the assistance of a major advisor in the department who will usually act as the student's major professor. All graduate students are required to teach for one (1) year in the Freshman Biology Program.
M.S. in Biology
The biology graduate program is designed to prepare students for further graduate work leading to a Ph.D.; to provide professional biologists with advanced research and educational opportunities; and to provide students with a broad-based graduate program allowing for specialization in the diverse fields of inquiry represented by the faculty of the department. The application procedure is simple!
Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences
Advances in the life sciences that address local and global challenges require new approaches to graduate education and research. The Tuskegee University Integrative Biosciences (IBS) Ph.D. program is designed to develop professionals who have not only technical proficiency but who also possess the flexibility and adaptability to address the complexities of current challenges. Read about our mission, vision and collaborators of this program.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center (LRC), located in room 207 Armstrong Hall, contains a library of information about medical schools and their curricula, admissions requirements, and financial planning that can be accessed for reference by any student (Biology or non-Biology major). Similar information is available about other programs such as Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician's Assistant, and Public Health. The Center also contains printed and computerized information about MCAT and other standardized examinations as well as information on summer enrichment/research programs and post baccalaureate programs. Applications for these examinations and programs are available in the Center.
Pre-Professional Health Careers Advisory Program
The Pre-Professional Health Careers Advisory Program (PHCAP) program was established to assist student in the applications process for health careers. There are a series of workshops, meetings and private sessions that will ensure that each student has a well-rounded application.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is focused on exposing student to research-based careers and internships. Several seminars are hosted to allow for student to have one-on-on contact with working professional and laboratory techniques that will make them successful in the future.
PreHealth Advising and Test Prep (Garland Wise, Richard Whittington, Nydia Caro)
Career Information Forums
Research Opportunities On-Campus and Abroad
Resume Review and Revision
Personal Statement Workshops
Mock Interview Sessions
Graduate and Professional School Application Assistance