Integrated Biology Major(B.A.)
The integrated biology degree can help you blend science and other interests into an exciting career.
Many students have an interest in science, but their career ambitions require in-depth knowledge in other areas. Now, through our new B.A. in integrated biology, you can easily blend your interests into a customized academic program to prepare for the career you desire. For example, you can combine the B.A. in integrated biology degree with:
- Business courses, and pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing
- Communication, English or art courses, and pursue a career in scientific publishing
- Philosophy/religion courses, and pursue a career in bioethics
- History/political science courses, and pursue a career in health care administration
For this major, you may choose 12 credits from one discipline outside the biological sciences, or self-design a program across multiple disciplines with advisor approval. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisers to choose courses appropriate for their future plans.
About Our Program
Earning your B.A. in integrated biology from Cedar Crest will provide you with opportunities to:
Conduct hands-on research. You will begin participating in research as a first-year student, and you will do an independent research project or engage in research with a faculty mentor as early as your sophomore year. Some of Professor Richard Kliman’s biology students are involved in a research project (joint with researchers at Duke University) that is examining genetic recombination and molecular evolution in fruit flies.
Utilize first-rate laboratory facilities. Learn and do research with sophisticated instrumentation currently being used in the workplace.
Take a variety of specialized courses. We offer courses ranging from conservation biology to human health, allowing you to personalize your program of studies. You may also choose to double major or minor with any program outside of biological sciences, or add a concentration in our nationally respected and fully accredited forensic science program.
Learn and practice leadership. Through coursework, research and presentations, you will develop essential leadership skills. As an upper-class student, you will also have the opportunity to mentor first-year students by serving as a research director for their research projects.
Apply for competitive internships. During the summer following your sophomore year, you may apply to participate in field experiences such as those provided by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
Embark on a study-abroad program. If you choose to study abroad, you will conduct important field studies and learn about other cultures—a key component of success in today’s global community.
Alumnae Success Stories
Students who have graduated from Cedar Crest’s biology program have gone on to pursue careers in:
- Forensic science
- Government research
- Medical professions
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Scientific publishing
- College and university teaching /research
- Zoos/wildlife management
Program Mission Statement
Within the broader mission of the department of biological sciences, the mission of the integrated biology major is to promote an understanding of the structure and function of, and the interrelationships among, biological systems. To accomplish this mission, students study biological systems at all structural levels of the biological hierarchy: molecules and cells; organisms; and populations, communities, and ecosystems.
Independent Research and Thesis Requirements (Optional)
All students, particularly those who are interested in attending graduate school or obtaining a research-based job following graduation, are highly encouraged to participate in independent research, which may culminate in a thesis.
The thesis option begins during the student’s junior year as part of Junior Colloquium (BIO 350). As part of their capstone project, all students who select a major from the department of biological sciences are required to develop a research proposal to investigate an original research question. This experience allows the students to go beyond the basic course information, select a problem that interests them, and apply what they have learned in their coursework to a novel situation.
As part of the thesis option, students will spend a minimum of two semesters working with a faculty member to conduct the research outlined in their proposal. They will then develop a written thesis detailing their project and present their final project to the department in the form of a seminar talk or poster. The title of a student’s thesis will appear on her transcript if she completes two semesters (4 credits) of Independent Research (BIO 353) and one semester (1 credit) of Senior Thesis and Presentation (BIO 354) with grades of C- or better.