The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is designed to offer students a broad background in the biological sciences, permitting more free electives than the B.S. program. Biology electives allow students to pursue a variety of specific interests that may lead to positions in government, industry, environmental fields, teaching, and health care professions. The B.A. degree may be combined for certification for teaching in the public schools.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program also provides interested students with a broad approach to biology but requires a more comprehensive background in mathematics and the natural sciences. The BS program is recommended for students planning careers in research or who plan to continue study in graduate school, medical school, dental school, or in other graduate health care schools.