Oct 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Biological Sciences

Telephone: (302) 831-2282
Faculty Listing: http://www.bio.udel.edu/our-people/faculty-directory

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two degrees with five majors and concentrations. A BA degree may be earned in Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences Education, and an Honors BA degree may be earned in Biological Sciences and Biological Sciences Education. A BS degree may be earned in Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and  Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cellular & Molecular Biology & Genetics, and an Honors BS degree may be earned in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Cellular & Molecular Biology & Genetics. In addition the department offers two minors: Biological Sciences and Computational Biology.

Students interested in marine biology should contact the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Students interested in ecology should contact the department of Entomology and Wildlife Conservation in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Biological Sciences Degree Programs

During the freshman year, biological science majors for the BA, BS, and Biological Sciences Education degrees ordinarily take courses in biology, chemistry, English, foreign language, and mathematics through calculus. Students must consult with their faculty advisors to select wisely from the variety of advanced courses and electives available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Concentration in Cellular & Molecular Biology & Genetics

Biology is an extraordinarily broad discipline and specialization in more focused areas has become desirable for increasing numbers of students. The BS concentration Cellular & Molecular Biology & Genetics maintains large portions of the traditional BA degree while offering the opportunity for highly motivated students to pursue a somewhat narrower curriculum. This concentration requires more credit hours in the major.

Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences, is a joint program with Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions (TJU) which leads to the award of an undergraduate BS degree and a graduate degree in Pharmacy (PharmD degree). There are UD and TJU components to this program. The UD component of the program consists of the first three years  of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. Students must meet the requirement for Biology BS concentrations. During the fifth semester at UD, and upon final recommendation by the UD/Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) Joint Admissions Committee, students will be admitted to the TJU PharmD program and to the BS Biological Sciences degree with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences. These students will then complete their sixth semester at UD and spend the remaining four years at TJU where they will complete their remaining undergraduate credits and graduate coursework leading to the PharmD degree. The courses taken at TJU in the first year (and if necessary, in the second year) will replace courses students would normally take during their senior year in the Biological Sciences BS degree program. These courses must be formally transferred from TJU to UD via the transfer credit process. Furthermore, the curriculum allows students who opt not to continue into the PharmD component of the degree to complete the Biological Sciences BA requirements within one year upon their return to UD.


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