Biology Program

Biology Program

Why Study Biology at UCCS?

Develop your appreciation for the diversity of living organisms and the processes that sustain them with us! Survey the origins and diversity of life on this planet, as well as the molecular, genetic, and cellular basis of all life. Learn about a wide range of topics, including the complex interactions that exist among organisms and their environments, and the biological processes that underlie molecular and organismic evolution, cellular function, and embryonic development.

UCCS offers an interdisciplinary approach to Biology, ensuring students have a scientific foundation from which they can explore their particular Biological interests.

Interactive Tree of Life

Curious about how we are all connected? Check out the interactive tree of life below!

Look inside our Classrooms

Biologists confront some of the most pressing concerns facing our planet's health. From epidemics to climate change, Biologists stand on the front lines of the battle.

UCCS provides excellent teaching integrated with relevant research and practical experiences that prepare students to be innovative and knowledgeable professionals in the biological sciences, as well as critical thinkers and engaged citizens.

Program Introductory Labs

Our introductory labs are full of course-based research experiences led by professional, enthusiastic instructors.

Over $3 million awarded in research grants in the last two years alone!

Biology Degree Program Options

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

    Our undergraduate curriculum was designed to provide students with a foundation in the biological sciences, as well as to foster an appreciation for the diversity of living organisms and the processes that sustain them. In conjunction with the College of Education, students can specialize in K-12 biology education as well (see below).

  • Biology Minor
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)

    The Department of Biology offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (MSc) with options in Molecular & Cellular Biology, and Ecology & Evolution. Graduate students must take at least one course from another science discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography), providing students with a diverse curriculum and an understanding of how various science disciplines relate to each other.

    Our MSc degree is designed for students intending to become professional biologists.  The standard MSc degree plan requires a research-based thesis and is appropriate for those seeking advanced graduate work or those seeking employment in biology-related fields. 

    This interdisciplinary program offers students a broad science education with few restrictive requirements compared to traditional graduate science programs. It allows for the development of a plan based on individual needs.

    Research requires dedication, time, and flexibility. Students should be prepared to devote considerable time and effort to their research. This may involve working long hours in the lab or field, potentially including evenings and weekends in order to finish within the 2-3 year timeframe.

    In consultation with the Faculty Advisor, students may choose to focus their graduate studies on one of the following options:

    • Ecology and Evolution
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology