Becoming Engaged Scientists

The biology department at Regis University educates students to be scientists engaged in the world. We believe that teaching, research and the professional environment are interconnected.

We educate students to be scientists engaged in the world.

Our Mission is to offer an exceptional learning experience in the Jesuit Tradition of academic rigor and value-centered education, in which students acquire the skills, knowledge and broader understanding necessary to prepare them for a variety of careers and for fulfilling lives as leaders in the service of others. To do this we endeavor to teach students the nature of scientific inquiry, the fundamentals of modern biology (from molecules to ecosystems), and how to put that knowledge into the larger context of the students' lives. The recognition that inquiry is at the heart of science means that we not only strive to teach students biology but we strive to teach students how to be responsible biologists.

The Biology Department offers three majors, two specializations, and a minor at the undergraduate level. Students can complete the following degrees as either a B.S. or a B.A. Students may choose to specialize their Biology degrees by completing optional specializations in either Molecular Biology and Genetics or Ecology and Evolution.

Additional areas of study:

  • Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biology, Ecology and Evolution
  • Honors-in-Biology (B.S. degree only)
  • Honors-in-Biology, Ecology and Evolution (B.S. degree only)

The Biology Department also offers the following certificate and graduate programs:

The biology department also offers specialized areas of study in molecular and cellular biology, ecology and environmental biology, and biology and human health.

Molecular and Cellular Biology Specialization

Molecular and Cellular Biology includes study of biological phenomena at the level of the cell and smaller. With the increasing use of powerful molecular genetic and biochemical techniques in fields such as health care and forensic science, interest in molecular and cellular biology among students has increased dramatically. Students interested in Molecular and Cellular Biology may either take a range of Biology courses emphasizing this sub discipline or more formally complete the Molecular Biology and Genetics Emphasis within the Biology major. Many of these courses include laboratories that involve students in using the powerful molecular genetic and biochemical techniques that have become so important in society.

Ecology and Environmental Biology Specialization

Ecology and Environmental Biology includes study of biological phenomena at the level of interactions among organisms or changes in populations of organisms over time. Students interested in Ecology and Environmental may take a range of Biology courses emphasizing this sub discipline or may formally complete an emphasis in ecology and evolution.

Health Careers & Relevant Preparatory Biology

A wide range of Biology courses are particularly relevant for students interested in health care careers. With the increasing use of powerful molecular genetic and biochemical techniques in fields such as health care, an understanding of molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics are becoming much more important in health fields. Courses at the level of the multicellular organism such as anatomy, development, and physiology are and long have been especially important in health fields. Many of these courses include laboratories that involve students in inquiry and a hands-on understanding of the relevant biology.
See the Regis College Pre-Med/Health page for information on specific careers and undergraduate requirements for health programs.

The Biology Department also offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences graduate degree specifically for students interested in pursuing careers in health or biomedical research fields.

Bachelor of Science in Biology Major 64 SH
 
BL 260--Principles of Biology: Molecular and Cellular* 3 SH
BL 261--Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory 1 SH
BL 262--Principles of Biology: Organismic* 3 SH
BL 263--Organismic Biology Laboratory 1 SH
CH 210--General Chemistry I 4 SH
CH 211--General Chemistry Laboratory I 1 SH
CH 230--General Chemistry II 4 SH
CH 231--General Chemistry Laboratory II 1 SH
CH 250--Organic Chemistry I 4 SH
CH 251--Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 SH
CH 420--Organic Chemistry II 3 SH
CH 421--Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2 SH
MT 272/MT 272C--Statistics for the Life Sciences 3 SH
* May be taken in any sequence.
 
One of the following 8 semester hour options of physics:
· PH 202A--General Physics with Trigonometry I 3 SH
PH 205A--General Physics with Trigonometry
Laboratory I 1 SH
PH 202B--General Physics with Trigonometry II 3 SH
PH 205B--General Physics with Trigonometry
Laboratory II 1 SH
· PH 304A--General Physics with Calculus I 3 SH
PH 305A--General Physics with Calculus Laboratory I 1 SH
PH 304B--General Physics with Calculus II 3 SH
PH 305B--General Physics with Calculus Laboratory II 1 SH
 
A minimum of 25 upper division semester hours of biology which
must include:

BL 402--Principles of Ecology 3 SH
BL 403--Ecology Laboratory 1 SH
BL 414--Principles of Genetics 3 SH
BL 415--Genetics Laboratory 1 SH
BL 494--Seminar in Biology, Society, and Ethics* 1 SH
BL 495--Seminar in Biology Research Literature* 1 SH
BL 496--Biology Research Colloquium* 1 SH
 
Upper Division Biology Electives or completion ** 14 SH
*These courses must be taken in sequential course-number order.
** The upper division electives must include a minimum of one
upper division laboratory course. BL 498E-W--Internship in
Biology will not count toward upper division biology elective
hours for the B.S. in Biology.
NOTE: Students interested in medical school, dental school,
veterinary school or other graduate programs should consult
those schools for additional requirements.


NOTE: Students interested in medical school, dental school,
veterinary school or other graduate programs should consult those schools for additional requirements.

Learn more about our distinguished faculty members by viewing our Department of Biology faculty profiles.

Student who major in Biology at Regis University have access to the following:

  • Extensive participation of students with faculty on diverse research projects.
  • Weekly Monday 5 p.m. biology department research seminar that is integrated with the biology curriculum.
  • A curriculum and departmental culture that emphasizes active participation in biology as a science.
  • Opportunities for students to serve as lab teaching assistants, lab preparators and research assistants.
  • Laboratories well-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Relationships with many Denver-area scientific, health, and environmental institutions.
  • Departmental student study/social space.

We believe that teaching, research and the professional environment are interconnected. 
  • Students develop their own independent research projects in laboratory courses to prepare them for independent work in professional settings.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in research with faculty members or outside of Regis. The Denver metropolitan area offers numerous sites for off-campus research. 
  • Students are encouraged to participate in internships outside of Regis to explore their professional options and gain important experience in scientific, health, environmental, government and professional settings. The Denver metropolitan area offers numerous sites for internships. For more information concerning internship opportunities in Regis College please see the Office of Academic Internship webpages.