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Division of Biology

Biology Undergraduate Degree Programs

A degree in biology will provide you with the skills to succeed in diverse careers and tackle the challenges faced by our society. You will have the opportunity to learn about the organization and processes of life ranging from molecules to organisms to ecosystems. The K-State Division of Biology is home to internationally recognized scientists and educators leading discovery in the biological sciences through cutting-edge research and instruction.

Below is a listing of required courses and suggested course sequences for each degree in biology. For course descriptions, visit the K-State Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Note: The resources below are provided in PDF format


As a biology major, you will build a curriculum that fits your interest with one of six possible focus areas: human health biology, animal biology, plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and integrative biology. You will develop relationships with advisors and mentors who support you academically and professionally, and have access to research opportunities in top-notch labs. This major prepares students for careers in a diverse range of professions, including human and animal health, research, and science education.

Required Courses

Suggested Course Sequence

Human Health Biology
Animal Biology
Plant Biology
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Integrative Biology

Fisheries, Wildlife, Conservation, and Environmental Biology

As a Fisheries, Wildlife Conservation, and Environmental Biology (FWCB) major you will learn fundamental concepts and modern approaches to studying organisms, populations, and ecosystems. Laboratory components provide valuable experience conducting field experiments, field observations, sampling methods, and data analysis. In addition to our course offerings, there are extracurricular activities that will help you develop valuable skills and provide research experience. This major prepares students for careers in research, conservation, and management of natural resources.

Required Courses

Suggested Course Sequence

Fisheries Ecology and Management
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Conservation Biology
Environmental Biology

Additional Resources


As a microbiology major, you will learn everything from genes and proteins to microorganisms to disease mechanisms. You will experience hands-on, lab-based learning in the classroom. Many students in this degree program work as undergraduate researchers in laboratories on campus. This major prepares students for careers in health, research, and laboratory science.

Required Courses

Suggested Course Sequence

General Microbiology
Medical Microbiology

Biology Minor


Total credits hours: 21

    • BIOL 198 (4 credits) Principles of Biology
    • 17 additional credits in BIOL classes, 13 of which must be at the 400 level or above

How to declare

Email Mrs. Nancy Thompson (nancyt@ksu.edu) with your name, WID, and that you want to declare the minor.

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support and perpetuate the name of James Ackert, Professor of Zoology and first Dean of the Kansas State University Graduate School. Contributions recognize a graduate student annually, that has completed two years or less and has given a presentation at the Division of Biology Annual Graduate Student Forum.
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