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BS - Biology

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

  • Apply the process of science through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and completion of scientific experiments.
  • Critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Quantitatively analyze scientific data through graph interpretation, statistical analysis, and problem solving.
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in both written and oral formats.
  • Explain fundamental biological concepts including cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecological principles, organismal biology, and biodiversity.
  • Apply scientific concepts both across and outside of biology that demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding.

Credits to Completion

120

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BS - 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the process of science through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and completion of scientific experiments.
  • Critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Quantitatively analyze scientific data through graph interpretation, statistical analysis, and problem solving
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in both written and oral formats.
  • Explain fundamental biological concepts including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and evolution.

Credits to Completion

124

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BS - Bioinformatics

Students in UVU’s bioinformatics program are at the exciting new intersection between computer science and biology, where they will learn how to use computational and statistical methods to understand and analyze complex biological information. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary program that provides students scientific laboratory skills, computer programming capabilities, and statistical analytics necessary for 21st century biology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of the core concepts of bioinformatics as derived from the associated fields of biology, computer science, mathematics, informatics, and chemistry.
  • Utilize existing software to extract, compile, and analyze information from large databases.
  • Create data science pipelines and/or computer programs that facilitate biological data analysis.
  • Complete a project in bioinformatics and communicate the outcomes effectively by participation in one or more of the following: an internship, a professional presentation, mentored research, or as coauthor of a peer-reviewed publication (or other approved activity).

Credits to Completion

120

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BS - Microbiology

Students in UVU’s microbiology program will examine the roles and interactions of microbial populations in aquatic, terrestrial, human, animal, and plant systems. While microorganisms are most known for their ability to cause disease, they are ubiquitous on earth and central to many of the essential life processes on this planet.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the process of science through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and completion of scientific experiments
  • Critically evaluate scientific information
  • Quantitatively analyze scientific data through graph interpretation, statistical analysis, and problem solving
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in both written and oral formats.
  • Explain fundamental microbiological concepts including microbial genetics and molecular biology, ecology and environmental microbiology, and physiology and biochemistry

Credits to Completion

120

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BS - Botany

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the process of science through the use of hypothesis testing in the design and completion of scientific experiments.
  • Critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Quantitatively analyze scientific data through graph interpretation, statistical analysis, and problem solving.
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in both written and oral formats.
  • Explain fundamental botanical concepts including taxonomy, systematics, ecological principles, physiology and diversity.

Credits to Completion

120

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BS - 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Credits to Completion

126

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BS/BA - Integrated Studies 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.

Research Areas

  • Mentors
  • Labs
  • General Education (GE) Success
  • Refresher Workshops
  • Summer Programs

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AA/AS - 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Credits to Completion

60

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Minor - 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate scientific information.
  • Quantitatively analyze scientific data through graph interpretation, statistical analysis, and problem solving.
  • Explain fundamental biological concepts including cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecological principles, organismal biology, and biodiversity.

Credits to Completion

21

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