Students will pursue environmental, personal, and technological aspects of life.
The Biology major equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to become lifelong investigators of the living world. The program strives to develop each student’s ability to communicate his or her understanding of biology to others; create new biological knowledge through research; and demonstrate the importance and relevance of biology to society. Our faculty strives to provide an innovative educational experience involving collaborative and independent achievements in the classroom, laboratory, and field. It is our aspiration that students, not only study, but also appreciate, life, with all its inherit unity, diversity, and intricacy.
Clubs & Organizations – Biology Program
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. AIBS works to ensure that the public, legislators, funders, and the community of biologists have access to and use information that will guide them in making informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge. The organization does this through informing decisions by providing peer-reviewed or vetted information about the biology field and profession and by catalyzing action through building the capacity and the leadership of the community to address matters of common concern.
Students pursuing the bachelor’s degree in biology can also prepare for admission to graduate school in general medicine, dentistry, veterinary, ed medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and optometry, among others. Admission requirements vary widely among programs and schools, but most require a set of completed prerequisite courses, a high GPA, a competitive score on standardized tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT), and letters of recommendations. Students interested in pursuing a professional program will spend their first semester researching the educational requirements for their particular program of interest at various schools.
Study Abroad Opportunities – Biology Programs
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas when pursuing a bachelor’s in biology.
Additional Links and Forms – Biology Degrees
- Biology Progress Sheet for 2019-20 (PDF)
- Course Descriptions for 2019-20 Academic Year
- Minors 2019-20
What you will learn
Graduates will be able to:
- Create coherent, literature-supported reports and presentations addressing the living world. (Communication)
- Critically analyze and interpret concepts and alternative theses based on empirical evidence. (Analytical and Critical Thinking)
- Design, conduct, analyze, interpret, and present biological research. (Analytical and Critical Thinking)
- Discuss the implications of biological discoveries and innovations on the individual and society. (Personal Perspective, Global Perspective)
Sample Courses (CORE)
- Anatomy & Physiology
Provides a systematic review of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include basic biochemistry, cells, tissues, and body systems such as integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Includes laboratory. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite BIO 111 or instructor permission.
Introduction to medically important microorganisms. Topics include microbial growth and metabolism, methods of control, host-parasite interactions, and microbial disease of the human body. Includes laboratory. Available spring semesters. Prerequisite: BIO 113, or BIO 172.
Outlines the theoretical and empirical aspects of ecology starting with the nature and history of the discipline. Topics include the elements of populations, biotic interactions, communities, and ecosystems. Includes laboratory. Fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: BIO 113 or instructor permission.