Bachelors Degree in Biology
Students interested in a career in biology or a related field are encouraged to earn
at least a baccalaureate degree (BS). Many professions (e.g. pharmacy, medicine) require
additional post-baccalaureate education. The Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree
may be used for entry into a career or in preparation for post-baccalaureate (for
masters and doctoral degrees) or professional (e.g. medical, dental) education.
The UVU Biology program offers a variety of courses that investigate the living world,
including courses in biology, botany, ecology, genetics, human anatomy, human physiology,
conservation biology, microbiology, zoology and others. A course of study may be designed
to provide breadth in the life sciences or to prepare students for a specific area
Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology
UVU is now offering a a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology degree through extension
at the Salt Lake Community College Jordan Campus Fall Semester 2007. It is now available
to students who have completed the required lower division and general education courses
through the Biotechnology program at Salt Lake Community College. Students who enroll
in this program are Utah Valley University students, and will pay Utah Valley University
tuition and fees for their upper division (UVU) courses, offered on the SLCC Jordan
campus. While completing their course work at SLCC, they will be provided with the
necessary student services through SLCC, the SLCC University Center and UVU.
The program is offered on the UVU Orem campus. Upper division courses in support of
the program are offered on both campus.
- Catalog Listing for BS in Biotechnology
- Course Descriptions for BS in Biotechnology
- View the Fall Suggested Semester Outline for the BS in Biotechnology
- View the SLCC Transfer Student BS Biotechnology Guide
Bachelors Degree in Botany
UVU's botany program provides students with a solid background in the general sciences
(biology chemistry, math, and physics), preparing them for placement in entry level
botany/biology positions, or acceptance into graduate level programs. We offer a variety
of upper division botany courses from which students may tailor their degree.
Students are also highly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with
faculty mentors. Many of our students have published their work prior to graduation.
Undergraduate research prepares students for careers, or graduate school opportunities.
UVU botany program offers research laboratories, three climate greenhouse facilities,
Utah native plant garden, and both a physical and virtual herbarium. In addition,
UVU operates a field station within Capitol Reef National Park.
For more information, visit the UVU botany webpage.
Bachelors Degree in Biology Education
Graduates with a bachelor´s degree in Biology Education will be qualified to obtain
state licensure to teach at the secondary level. The degree fulfills the requirements
for the Biological Science Composite Major endorsement. If the student completes additional
chemistry and earth science courses, then the student may also qualify for other teaching
endorsements in the sciences.
Current employment opportunities for graduates from Biology Education programs are
strong, particularly for those who also have a chemistry endorsement or integrated
science endorsement in addition to the biological science composite endorsement.
The following information is from "Supply and Demand Needs of K-12 Education in the
State of Utah 2005-2006" published by the Utah System of Higher Education:
- Teacher demand in Utah is critically outstripping the supply of new teachers being
provided by Utah colleges and universities.
- About half of all attrition in 2005-2006 was due to retirement reflecting the relatively
large number of educators becoming eligible for retirement in Utah. Data suggest this
will continue for the next decade.
- If attrition and growth continue at current rates (which they are likely to do) without
a parallel increase in newly trained educators (which isn´t currently in the works),
Utah will face a severe teacher shortage crisis unlike anything it has ever experienced
within just a year or two.
- Because Utah´s colleges of education aren´t producing sufficient numbers of new educators,
Utah school districts are relying more heavily upon former teachers, retirees, out-of-state
recruiting, and to a lesser extent alternative certification programs to meet their
unmet teacher needs. The supply of former teachers and retirees is restricted; and,
anecdotally, districts are reporting that this is having the effect of significantly
reducing their substitute reserves. If this were a water study, the conclusion would
be that the water table is shrinking and that underground water is drying up quickly.
- Utah school districts are especially facing severe difficulty in finding and hiring
teachers in specific areas of special education (severely handicapped and mild/moderate),
math, science, and early childhood education (K-3). With increased math and science
requirements being introduced into Utah´s secondary schools, the demand for math and
science teachers will grow even more rapidly
- Although more stable with regards to long-term retention, the ranks of Utah´s non-teaching
professional educators showed a significant turnover with 8.4% leaving in 2005-2006.
Nearly two-thirds were attributable to retirement which again reflects the aging population
of Utah´s educators
BS/BA in Integrated Studies with Biology Emphasis
Many opportunities exist for advanced and professional degrees for those completing
the Bachelor Degree in Integrated Studies (IS) program (law school, medical and dental
schools, MBA, MPA, etc) and in the business environment. Many employers seek students
with skills gained from liberal arts programs like Integrated Studies. These skills
include the ability to comprehend diverse material, to write clearly, to think critically,
to work cooperatively, and to become adept at problem solving.
The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students
with multiple interests who want to develop skills that are relevant to a variety
of careers. Students integrate course work in emphases such as science, business,
health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, behavioral science, social
science and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting,
technology and trades and physical education are also offered as part of this degree.
Following are the key knowledge, skill, and ability goals for students who complete
an Emphasis in Earth Science as part of their Integrated Studies degree:
AS in Biology
The Associate in Science Degree is intended for students who plan to use it as a first
step toward a baccalaureate degree. The AS degree may be granted to those who do not
continue in a bachelor's program and meet the minimum requirements. It is highly recommended
that those who receive an associate degree continue on to receive a Bachelors of Science
Degree in biology.
Minor in Biology
A Minor in Biology allows students to gain valuable experience in the biological sciences
while completing their primary field of study. A Minor in Biology allows students
to take advanced biology coursework related to their field of interest. The biology
minor complements the skills the student gains in his or her major program by providing
an underlying scientific base upon which to build a career in any field of study.