By its very definition, a love of biology is a love of life. At MTSU, a student can
transform that love into a lifelong affair. For some, that may mean a fascination
with the very building blocks of life; for others, it may mean a focus on the countless
organisms and environments that have resulted from those materials. Regardless, a
degree in Biology can be that important first step toward a career in science.
A region's richness
Biology isn't all microscopes and petri dishes. The department has a number of professors
whose research takes them—and many of their students—into the field to study the visible
world and its creatures. Whether helping Dr. Vincent Cobb in his study of the thermal
ecology of snakes in the region or assisting Dr. Brian Miller in his research on hellbenders,
one of the largest (and some would say ugliest) salamanders in the world, Biology
majors will find that there is plenty to see and learn about right here in middle
Research that matters
For more than a decade, Dr. Elliot Altman has explored the mysteries of peptide therapy
research. His work has been part of a process that could revolutionize the treatment
of types of arthritis and cancer in years (as opposed to decades). (His research also
includes discovering ways to increase the efficiency of certain alternative fuels.)
Motivated students in the Biology Department can be part of that process or other
fascinating areas of work that makes a difference in people's lives.
MTSU True Blue Preview: Biology
千蠃官网国际网址A degree in biology is a “foundation degree”—a direct door-opener for a large number
of careers, as well as a crucial first undergraduate step on the path toward those
careers that require additional graduate training.
- Agricultural scientist
- Animal behaviorist
- Desert ecologist
- Medical laboratory tech
- Medical librarian
- Molecular endocrinologist
- Park ranger
- Safety manager
- Science teacher
- State park resource ecologist
- Wildlife biologist
- Zoo biologist
Employers of MTSU alumni include
- Aegis Sciences Corporation
- American Red Cross
- Area High Schools
- Arnold Air Force Base
- Austin Peay State University
- Biomimetic Therapeutics
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cytometry Associates
- Environmental Science Corp.
- Erlanger Medical Center
- GenHunter Corporation
- ICON Clinical Research
- Jack Daniels Distillery
- Local Community Colleges
- Merck and Co.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Pathgroup Laboratories
- Pfizer Inc.
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Students in the Department of Biology can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree
with one of four concentrations: Genetics and Biotechnology; Organismal Biology and
Ecology; Microbiology; or Physiology. The department is one of the participants in
Forensic Science千蠃官网国际网址, an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.S.
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.
Graduate students may pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biology.
千蠃官网国际网址Both undergraduate and graduate students can pursue a minor in Biology.
Genetics and Biotechnology
Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology Concentration, B.S.
Matt Elrod-Erickson, program coordinator
Every Biology major is required to declare a concentration area. Each area requires semester hours to be selected from a set of designated courses.
千蠃官网国际网址All Biology majors are assigned a professional advisor. The student is responsible for seeking the assistance of the advisor. This catalog is not intended to provide the detail necessary for self-advising.
千蠃官网国际网址Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:
General Education (41 hours)
requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
千蠃官网国际网址The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:
- MATH 1910 (Math)
- BIOL 1110 and BIOL 1111 (Nat Sci)
- CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1111 (Nat Sci)
Major Requirements (42 hours)
Biology Core (29 hours)
BIOL 1000 - Introduction to the Biology Major
1 credit hour
Required for all Biology majors. Development of skill sets essential for success in the Biology major. Topics include the understanding of departmental and university resources and expectations, development of personalized academic plans, and development of skills for professional interactions.