Biological Science

Biological Science Overview

The Biological Sciences address many of the most important and fundamental questions about our world:  What is life?  How does our brain produce our ideas and emotions?  What are the limits to human life and physical capabilities?  How do we feed the world's growing population?  Could medical science ensure that our children won't have to worry about disease?  Moreover, there has never been a more exciting and important time to study biology. From the mapping of the genome to understanding the molecular basis of human disease to predicting the effects of global climate change on ecosystems to understanding fundamental processes that produce and sustain life on Earth, the Biological Sciences are at the forefront of finding answers to some of society's most vexing problems.

Students in the BIO major at UC Merced can select among specialized “emphasis” tracks, instead of individual majors. In this way, all biology students graduating from UC Merced will have a common foundation necessary for biologists in the 21st century, as well as specialized skills and knowledge to aid in their pursuit of careers in biology-related fields or graduate / professional school training.  There are five emphasis tracks in the biological sciences: Molecular and Cell Biology, Human Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Developmental Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology.

Areas of Research in Biology                             Careers

  • Gene expression related to growth, disease, stress and aging
  • Spatial Cognition, Giftedness, Reading, Learning/Language Disabilities
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Evolution
Veterinary Medicine

Biology Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the tenets of modern biology and an understanding of how cellular functions are integrated from the molecular level to the cellular level, through to the level or organism, populations, and functioning ecosystems.
  2. An ability to develop and critique hypotheses and to design experiments, models, and/or calculations to address these hypotheses.
  3. The ability to use appropriate instrumentation and computational tools to collect, analyze and interpret data;
  4. The ability to read, evaluate, interpret and apply numerical and general scientific information.

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