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The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs in biology at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning in the rapidly expanding field of life sciences. Biology involves the study of life in all of its forms and phenomena. The Department of Biology focuses on the origin, growth, reproduction, structure and function of living things.

Program Options

Bachelor of Science—Although not required, students may choose to focus their studies in one of the following concentrations:

• Medical technology

• Cell and molecular biology Bachelor of Arts—Provides students with the option of obtaining Colorado licensure for elementary or secondary education while earning their degree.




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

Office Hours:


8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Biology delivers all the academic content you expect in a bachelor degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our city’s community of biologists. Students here have the advantage of the following unique opportunities:

• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse campus located in the heart of downtown Denver, where you can easily connect to the city’s science and biology community.

• Benefit from small classes, faculty-taught lectures and labs and experienced professors who provide hands-on advising and dedicated mentoring.

• Tailor your curriculum to fit specific interests and career goals, choosing from more than 50 different courses that span a broad spectrum of biological disciplines.

• Learn in state-of-the-art teaching labs and research spaces housed in the newly renovated Science Building, and participate in a variety of research opportunities year-round.

• Join MSU Denver’s student Biology Club, the frontline source for volunteer opportunities, community involvement, seminars and outreach for continuing education programs.

• Intern with various organizations within the medical and scientific sectors that can provide you with real-world experience in the field, classroom and laboratory.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from MSU Denver prepares students for further graduate studies; medical school; jobs in health care and in public health; or careers as professional research associates/lab technicians, cell/molecular biologists, science teachers, field biologists/ecologists, microbiologists, zoologists and more. Some careers may require further education or training.

Hear from our students:

“With my biology degree and internship through MSU Denver, I have been able to break into the competitive zoological field. Professors went above and beyond to help their students find what they are interested in and help them get connections in that field. I was introduced to people at the Butterfly Pavilion, where I completed an internship, and was subsequently hired for a zookeeper position. I currently work at the Houston Zoo.”

—Erika Olson (BS in biology 2013), zookeeper, Houston Zoo

Alumni at Work

A few organizations that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s biology degree programs include:

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Bureau of Land Management

Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Butterfly Pavilion

Boulder County Coroner’s Office


Other graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at schools such as:

Northwestern University School of Medicine

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado State University

University of Edinburgh in Scotland

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science

Sample Classes

Advanced Human Cadaver Anatomy Lab

Pathogenic Microbiology



Biology of Cancer

Plant Taxonomy

Issues in Conservation Biology


Biology of Women

Program Accreditation

The bachelor degree programs in the Department of Biology are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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