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If you want to ignite a passion in young people for understanding the natural world ‒ or you want to add a second major in natural science that’s less chemistry-intensive ‒ consider MSU Denver’s bachelor of arts degree in Biology.

MSU Denver’s B.A. Biology program, which requires fewer chemistry courses than the B.S. in Biology, is designed for you to fulfill your calling to teach while sharing your love of science. It is also an advantageous choice as a second major with other science fields that don’t require significant advanced training in chemistry applications, such as wildlife management and ecology. Or if your interest is neuroscience, it can be combined with a psychology major.

MSU Denver’s Biology department offers courses in the entire spectrum of the Biological Sciences, a discipline that has grown exponentially over the past few decades and now includes cell and molecular biology, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, ecology, zoology, microbiology and general botany. You will have the opportunity to participate in research projects with your professors, take study abroad courses to Costa Rica and other countries and intern at organizations such as the Denver Zoo.

The requirements of the B.A. in Biology degree ensure that the program meets Colorado Teacher Licensure Standards and prepares you to pass the corresponding licensure content exam and to teach to the Colorado Model Content Standards. If you are planning to seek teacher licensure, you should consult with an advisor in Biology as well as in teacher education.


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Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


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It is widely accepted that the future of our economy rests with the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Plus teachers provide the foundation for continuing education in science for their students, inspiring them to ultimately pursue a college degree leading to a career in science.

As high school biology teacher, you can expect an annual salary of $57,200 with employment growth of 6 percent between 2014-2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook).
The career outlook if you’re planning to combine your B.A. in Biology with another science major is also quite good. For instance, the median annual salary for wildlife biologists is $59,680 (4 percent growth rate) and $67,460 for environmental scientists (11 percent growth rate) per the BLS Occupational Handbook.


Hear from our students:


“My experience participating in the MSU Undergraduate Research Conference has been very fulfilling and enlivening. To be able to share my research with my peers and to have the opportunity to be informed about the research being done by them was a real privilege.” “I found a home here. The student body is highly motivated and welcoming. The professors are amazing. They took a personal interest in me and my future.”

Faculty


Anil Rao_BiologyAnil K. Rao

Professor Anil K. Rao’s background is in cell biology, comparative endocrinology and pulmonary electrophysiology. He spent three years at the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Center for Respiratory Medicine researching fetal pulmonary electrophysiology and tissue culture. His interests include computer-aided instruction, computer art and illustration, 3D modeling and animation, astronomical art, space, exobiology and video.

 

Christy Carello_BiologyChristy Carello

Professor Christy Carello is an ecologist who specializes in the study of birds. She monitors bird populations to determine the health of habitats in both Colorado and Costa Rica. She maintains an ongoing field research project investigating the effects of gondola development on a sensitive fen wetland. Every year students work with her in the field and learn important skills for identifying and systematically sampling bird populations. Several of her students have received grants to assist her in bird sampling in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

 

Learn more about MSU Denver Biology faculty.


Sample Classes


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In addition to basic required classes, the B.A. in Biology program offers a range of fascinating courses to complete your degree:

  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Ornithology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Genetics: Principles and Analysis
  • Histology
  • Developmental Biology