Bachelor of Science in Biology
Biology, the study of life, is currently in a most exciting era. Unique insights from scientific pioneers fueled by modern research techniques sparked an explosion of biological information. From these fragments emerge a picture of life, revealing fascinating connections between molecules, cells, organisms, ecological systems, and evolution. Biologists explore these fundamental components and their integration to build a unified understanding of life. Understanding these principles is essential to protecting the biological world that sustains us.
The College of Natural and Computational Sciences offers two pathways for a major program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. The General Biology Track provides a broad, yet integrated curriculum across the range of fields within the biological sciences. The Human and Health Sciences Track focuses on molecular and human biology, with coursework including advanced aspects of human health and social sciences from microbiology to psychology, anthropology and health management. In both curriculum options, the Biology degree program at HPU integrates modern laboratory methods and field experiences with traditional classroom instruction, providing excellent preparation for employment or graduate studies for future biologists, science educators, health professionals, researchers, and many others options.
The General Biology Track prepares students for a wide range of future choices: opportunities to work or to continue study in fields from fish physiology to microbiology, genetics or restoration ecology. The Human Health Sciences Track provides a curriculum that will prepare students to be successful in medical, dental or pharmacy schools or post-graduate training in Physical Therapy, Veterinary, Chiropractic and other health professions. In addition, it provides the scientific background for careers in biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, and biomedicine.
- As a volcanic island isolated in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is a great place to study biology.
- Hawai'i Pacific University provides a program to pursue this course of study utilizing the unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems, cultural diversity and Pacific connections found in Hawai’i. The rich indigenous history and current human impacts on the environment provide additional exciting insights and opportunities.
- The academic atmosphere at HPU promotes excellence in scientific scholarship. In building the necessary foundation of scientific knowledge, students enjoy small class size and extensive laboratory and field exercises using modern instrumentation and techniques proven to develop the skills and practical experiences needed to be a functional biologist.
- Students also have opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty mentors and internships in the community.