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Degree Programs

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences is to promote learning and discovery in the life sciences through high-quality public education and research. The Department of Biological Sciences offers four undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees. We also offer combined and interdisciplinary degrees and minor options.

If you have questions about the degree programs offered by our department, please contact us and read our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Undergraduate Degrees

  1. Bachelors of Art (B.A.) in Biology
    1. Biology Education
    2. Natural History
  2. Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biology
    1. Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
    2. Ecology and Conservation Biology (ECB)
    3. Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB)
  3. Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry
  4. Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Microbiology

Graduate Degrees

  1. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biology
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology
  3. Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Biology
  4. Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology
  5. Master of Science (M.S.) in Microbiology
  6. Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (B.S./M.S.) in Biology

Interdisciplinary Degrees

Idaho State University offers students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary master's degree. The degree sought and the field appearing first in the title of the program will be that of the department providing the major portion of the graduate credits. Other fields in the title will be secondary fields of concentration.

The requirements include: completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 10 hours in each of the departments participating. Students must be admitted into such a program by each department which participates. Students must contact each department contemplated to be involved prior to initiating the development of an interdisciplinary program. Although students must take at least 10 credits in each of the departments participating, departments may, at their discretion, require additional credit hours of the students as a condition of the departmental participation and admission of the student in the program. An initial program of study must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research during the first year of coursework. Requirements for interdisciplinary programs are the same as for other degree programs. An interdisciplinary thesis may be written with a minimum of three credit hours and a maximum of five credit hours in each department. The final oral examination must include a representative from each department and a graduate faculty representative from a department not involved in the interdisciplinary program.

Minor Options

The Department of Biological Sciences offers two minor options. Read about the minor degree requirements in the course catalog​.

  1. Minor in Biology
  2. Minor in Microbiology

Please be aware that no double counting of courses will be allowed. In general, if a student decides to receives a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Microbiology, the core courses will be the same, but the elective courses must be different.


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