Undergraduate Studies

Why Major in Biological Sciences?

Our degree programs teach critical thinking skills and prepare you for a wide variety of careers -including medicine, dentistry, research, biotechnology, pharmacy/pharmacology, public health, and environmental and sustainability studies.

We provide instruction in the diverse disciplines that make up modern biology. A major emphasis of our degree programs is to familiarize students with the practice of designing, performing and analyzing biological experiments; toward this goal, stand-alone laboratory courses taught by faculty are a central component of the curriculum for each major. 


The Department of Biological Sciences offers or participates in six different majors, five which lead to a B.S. degree and one which leads to a B.A. degree.

Student Learning Outcomes are the skills that students are expected to master and demonatrate. With the successful completion of a degree in the Biological Sciences, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in biology, with a deeper understanding in specific areas of interest.
  • Apply knowledge of scientific methods and experimental design to solve biological problems.
  • Use critical thinking skills in analyzing biological data, demonstrated through written and/or oral presentations.

Find out more about the undergraduate experience and apply to become a Marquette student at Explore Marquette.

If you have a question about our program or want to visit us, send an e-mail to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Tom Eddinger.