Degrees and Programs


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 of biology.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors and Associate Degree in Biology

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cellular and organismal biology.Demonstrate a knowledge of molecular biology and genetics
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of molecular genetics and principles of inheritance
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of ecology emphasizing organisms’ interdependency for survival and for quality of life in the biosphere.
  • Recognize evolution as the unifying theory within biology and demonstrate a knowledge of the role of mutation and natural selection in the evolutionary process.
  • Biology graduates applying to post-graduate studies will be accepted into graduate, medical or dental schools.

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

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cellular biology.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of molecular genetics and principles of Inheritance.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Population Biology, Evolution and Ecology.
  • Biotechnology graduates applying for employment will get positions in biotechnology companies.Biotechnology graduates applying to post-graduate studies will be accepted into graduate, medical or dental schools.

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.  

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Botany

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cellular and organismal biology (including plant anatomy, physiology and diversity), population biology, evolution and ecology (emphasizing organisms’ interdependency for survival and for quality of life in the biosphere)
  • Biology graduates applying to post-graduate studies will be accepted into graduate or professional schools, or if applying for employment in any area related to botany will be hired.

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:

  1. Teacher demand in Utah is critically outstripping the supply of new teachers being provided by Utah colleges and universities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Biology Education

  • Demonstrate an overall knowledge of biology needed to teach in the secondary education system.
  • Pass the State Praxis Test Scores
  • Students who gain employment in secondary education will demonstrate skill and knowledge in pedagogy.

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.