Department Vision

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Biology is two-fold: first, we are committed to educate students in the principle tenets of biology through structured inquiry and opportunities for individualized experiential learning. Second, we are committed to teaching ethical behavior in experimental design and practice to all of our students. The department strives to provide the best educational opportunities possible for students to attain their academic goals and to facilitate faculty in scholarship in an atmosphere that encourages free exchange of ideas.

Our Philosophy and Values

The Department of Biology believes that students and faculty have a shared responsibility to obtain knowledge. Faculty should maintain their expertise by ongoing investigation, presentation, and pursuit of scholarly activities. In addition to the pursuit of scholarly information in biology, students should develop skills in communication, analysis, and critical thinking relevant to biology and other disciplines.


The Department of Biology recognizes excellent student education as its first priority. In addition to formal programs of study, we offer opportunities for research, service, field and laboratory activities, and secondary education training.

The UVU Biology program offers a variety of courses that investigate the living world, including courses in biology, botany, ecology, genetics, human physiology, microbiology, and zoology. A course of study may be designed to provide breadth in the life sciences or emphasize field or laboratory oriented biology.

Topics Covered in Biology Courses

  • Biochemistry and cell biology
  • Botany, microbiology and zoology
  • Ecology and conservation biology
  • Evolution
  • Molecular genetics and biotechnology
  • Human biology

Required courses provide an overview of biology, and electives allow you to concentrate in an area such a plant, human, field or laboratory oriented biology. You man explore topics not covered in courses through independent studies courses.


The Biology Department is located in the Bill J. Pope Science Building. Botany courses use the herbarium and greenhouse; human anatomy courses utilize cadavers; genetics and cell biology use DNA technology instrumentation, and ecology courses have access to a wide variety of western habitats.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities for those who have an associate degree are limited. You should earn a bachelor's degree for a career in biology or related fields. A bachelor's degree can prepare you for additional education such as:

  • Graduate school for master's and doctoral degrees for careers in college education and biological or agricultural sciences.
  • Professional schools for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic or veterinary medicine.

UVU Biology Successes

In 2001, several biology seniors applied to medical and dental schools. Each was accepted to more than one professional school.