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About the Biosciences Degrees at Chaminade

Curriculum and Careers

Our undergraduate Biosciences programs utilize a cutting-edge curriculum that prepares our graduates with the very latest knowledge and technical competencies. Our curriculum is designed to provide a basis for students to continue with graduate studies or medical school (or other health professional school.)

Our students benefit from the opportunity to perform research projects with faculty who investigate a range of challenging biomedical, environmental, and computational questions. Small class sizes allow students to receive individualized instruction from faculty.

Biosciences curriculum and careers diagram

Areas of Specialization

We offer three tracks in the biosciences:

The three biosciences tracks are very similar because they share a core curriculum that systematically covers the entire range of biological processes and systems. Once the student has become proficient with these core concepts, there are many opportunities to specialize in an area of interest. With the help of your faculty advisor, you have the option to choose the degree track that most suits your interests or career path.

Biology freshman Harvest Yomai examines a DNA electrophoresis gel from her biotechniques class.

Career Paths

One popular career path is medicine or another health profession. All three of the degree specialties were designed using guidelines from organizations such as AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) to provide strong preparation for medical school or other health professional school and careers including physician, veterinarian, dentist, pharmacist and physical therapist. The degree tracks all meet the requirements for application to the desired professional school. For more information, see the Medical Careers Preparation FAQ page.

These programs also provide a solid foundation for graduate coursework and many interesting and varied career paths, including research, biotechnology, (entrepreneurship or working for a company), the pharmaceutical industry, public and global health research or administration, and many other careers, including those based on emerging technologies.

What Are the Differences in the Degree Programs?

Although the programs are very similar, here is a brief comparison of the tracks.

Biology Cellular and Molecular: Cellular and Molecular Biology looks at the intricate jigsaw puzzle of biological processes at the molecular level. For more information, see the biology degree page

Biology Integrative and Organismal: Integrative and Organismal Biology looks at the greater systems and organization that regulate biological life. For more information, see the biology degree page

Biochemistry: Biochemistry looks at the chemistry of biological processes and the synthesis of new biologically active compounds (such as novel drug therapies.) For more information see the biochemistry degree page

The Research Component

We build in many opportunities for students to participate in research as undergraduates. You will benefit from close interaction with knowledgeable mentors in your field. Students attend and often participate in research conferences. To find out more about research opportunities, see the Internship Coordinator (Academic Enrichment and Outreach Programs) page.