Biology Program

A major in Biology prepares you for a wide variety of career options. You may choose one of our human health tracks and pursue entrance into allied health professional schools and graduate programs such as medical, dental, physician assistant, pharmacy, public health, physical or occupational therapy, optometry, chiropractic, and veterinary medicine. You may choose an organismal biology or ecology track and pursue careers or graduate studies in areas such as wildlife biology, conservation biology, botany, ecology, environmental science, and many other biology subdisciplines. Regardless of which track you choose to pursue, our faculty strives to ensure you will be well-prepared and equipped to begin your career or continue to your next step.

The learning outcomes and curriculum in Biology are designed around recommendations included in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action, a report released by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The knowledge, competencies, and skills you will gain prepares you to pursue a career or further advanced study in biology.

At HSU you have the opportunity to study Biology in an environment enriched by Christian faith and values.  The Biology faculty is dedicated to providing a challenging learning environment where you are encouraged to explore the connections between faith and science.

Majors

  • Biology (B.A.)
  • Biology (B.S.)

Minors

  • Biology Minor (B.A., B.B.S., B.S., B.S.H.S.)
  • Public Health Minor (B.S., B.A., B.B.S, B.B.A., B.S.H.S.)

Why study Biology at HSU?

Grad School Preparation

The Biology program prepares students for graduate and professional programs including pre-medical and other health professions, organismal and field biology. Graduates of our program have succeeded in a wide range of professional and graduate programs.

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Research Opportunities

The Biology department offers our students research opportunities in Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Wildlife, and Field Biology.

Individual Attention

We are dedicated to personalized attention for every student. Our majors' classes and lab maintain a class size from 10 – 40 students per class, allowing faculty and students to interact directly.

Program Details

The Biology department offers two degrees in Biology, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.  The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 35 hours of Biology. The Bachelor of Science degree requires 38 hours of Biology. A minor course of study must be chosen from the list of approved minors for each degree (B.A. or B.S.).

Required courses for all Biology majors:

BIOL 1306/1106—General Biology I

BIOL 1307/1107—General Biology II

BIOL 2334—Introduction to Research Methods

BIOL 3410—General Ecology

BIOL 3411—Genetics

BIOL 4104—Biology Seminar

Bachelor of Arts degree requires an additional 15 hours of advanced Biology electives, with at least 2 lab courses.

Bachelor of Science degree requires an additional 18 hours of advanced Biology electives, with at least 3 lab courses.

 

Required supporting courses:

CHEM 1310/1110—General Chemistry I

CHEM 1311/1111—General Chemistry II

PHYS 1310/1110—General Physics I

PHYS 1311/1111—General Physics II

STAT 3312—Statistics (required for the B.S. only)

2 courses from

MATH 1310—College Algebra

MATH 1311—Trigonometry

MATH 1420—Calculus I

MATH 1421—Calculus II

 

Advanced Biology elective courses:

BIOL 3099—Special Topics (1-4 credits)

BIOL 3103—Forensic Science Laboratory

BIOL 3303—Topics in Forensic Science

BIOL 3304—Medical and Research Ethics

BIOL 3307—Nutrition

BIOL 3308—Medical Terminology

BIOL 3324—Cell Biology

BIOL 3342—Mammalogy

BIOL 3416—Advanced Vertebrate Biology

BIOL 3417—Advanced Human Physiology

BIOL 3418—Advanced Human Anatomy

BIOL 3420—General Microbiology

BIOL 3421—Advanced Botany

BIOL 3430—Conservation Biology

BIOL 3453—Animal Behavior

BIOL 4098—Individual Research (1-4 credits)

BIOL 4099—Special Topics (1-4 credits)

BIOL 4130—Molecular Biology Techniques

BIOL 4140—General Entomology Laboratory

BIOL 4314—Bioinformatics

BIOL 4326—Virology

BIOL 4330—Molecular Biology

BIOL 4340—General Entomology

BIOL 4402—Immunology

BIOL 4411—Natural History of the Southwest

BIOL 4422—Tropical Ecology

BIOL 4423—Human Histology

BIOL 4455—Adaptation and Phylogeny

Complete degree requirements may be found in the HSU Undergraduate Catalog.

All HSU students are eligible for the program. Students majoring in biology and pursuing either a B.S. or B.A. degree must pass BIOL 1306/1106, 1307/1107, and 2334 with grades of “C” or better before registering for advanced courses in the Biology curriculum. Exceptions to this rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the student’s advisor and the Biology department head.

A degree in Biology prepares you for many different potential career opportunities. Many students choose to pursue a graduate degree to expand their career options.

Career Field Potential for Employment Salary Potential Requires advanced degree
Healthcare Occupations
Chiropractor 2016 – 2026   12% growth (faster than average) Median pay $68,640 per year Y
Dentist 2016 – 2026   19% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $158,120 per year Y
Genetic counselor 2016 – 2026   29% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $77,480 per year Y
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist 2016 – 2026   13% growth (faster than average) Median pay $51,770 per year N
Occupational Health & Safety Specialist 2016 – 2026   8% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $67,720 per year Y
Occupational Therapist 2016 – 2026   24% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $83,200 per year Y
Optometrist 2016 – 2026   18% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $110,300 per year Y
Orthotist and Prosthetist 2016 – 2026   22% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $66,240 per year Y
Pharmacist 2016 – 2026   6% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $124,170 per year Y
Physical therapist 2016 – 2026   28% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $86,850 per year Y
Physician assistant 2016 – 2026   37% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $104,860 per year Y
Physician and Surgeon 2016 – 2026   13% growth (faster than average) Median pay $208,000 per year Y
Podiatrist 2016 – 2026   10% growth (faster than average) Median pay $127,740 per year Y
Veterinarian 2016 – 2026   19% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $90,420 per year Y
Life Science Occupations
Agricultural and Food Scientist 2016 – 2026   7% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $62,910 per year N
Biological Technician 2016 – 2026   10% growth (faster than average) Median pay $43,800 per year N
Conservation Scientist 2016 – 2026   6% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $60,970 per year N
Environmental Scientist 2016 – 2026   11% growth (faster than average) Median pay $69,400 per year N
Epidemiologist 2016 – 2026   9% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $69,660 per year Y
Forensic Science Technician 2016 – 2026   17% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $57,850 per year N
High School Teacher 2016 – 2026   8% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $59,170 per year N
Medical Scientist 2016 – 2026   13% growth (faster than average) Median pay $82,090 per year Y
Microbiologist 2016 – 2026   8% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $69,960 per year N
Postsecondary Teacher 2016 – 2026   15% growth (much faster than average) Median pay $76,000 per year Y
Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist 2016 – 2026   8% growth (as fast as average) Median pay $62,290 per year N

Course sequences are designed to meet the educational needs of students interested in gaining admittance to professional programs in the medical sciences (e.g. medical, physician assistant, dental, physical/occupational therapy, pharmacy, veterinary schools); baccalaureate degree or certification programs in various allied health fields (e.g. nursing, medical technology, radiological technology); baccalaureate degree or certification in various organismal biology fields (e.g. wildlife biology certification);  graduate programs in cellular, organismal, or field biology; or pursuing certification to teach at the secondary school level.

The Pre-Medical track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into medical school to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. As a physician, you may:

  • Diagnose and treat illness, disease, and/or injury
  • Prescribe medication
  • Create treatment plans
  • Perform routine physicals

An MD or DO degree requires 4 years of education. Additional training in the form of residencies and/or fellowships allow you to specialize in fields including obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, general surgery, cardiology, etc.

Pre-Medical is considered a track in Biology (or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), it is not a major. Pre-Medical students are required to take specific courses to prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and apply to medical school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to medical school as long as you complete the prerequisites. As a Biology major, all of the following courses that are required by most medical schools and schools of osteopathic medicine can be taken as a part of the B.S. or B.A. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry degree plan. These prerequisites are listed below:

Course Name HSU Course Number
General Biology I and II (with labs) BIOL 1306/1106 and BIOL 1307/1107
*Genetics and lab BIOL 3411
*General Microbiology and lab BIOL 3420
*Advanced Human Physiology and lab BIOL 3417
General Chemistry I and II (with labs CHEM 1310/1110 and CHEM 1311/1111
Organic Chemistry I and II (with labs) CHEM 3401 and CHEM 3402
Biochemistry I CHEM 4311
Physics I and II (with labs) Phys 1310/1110 and PHYS 1311/1111
Freshman Writing I or II ENGL 1301 or 1302
Literature or Writing as a Discovery ENGL 230X or ENGL 3330
Statistical Methods STAT 3312
* 14 hours of Biology are required, these are the recommended courses to help prepare for MCAT and medical school

There are 10 medical schools in Texas. For specific requirements for each Texas program, you may visit the Texas Medical and Dental School Application System website.

For specific admission information on non-Texas Medical programs please visit the American Association of Medical Colleges website.

For specific admission information on non-Texas Osteopathic programs, please visit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine website.

Websites to apply to medical school:

JAMP

HSU also offers pre-medical students who display a financial need based on your FAFSA information, the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education.

Funded through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, JAMP is a unique partnership between all nine Texas medical schools and sixty-seven public and private four-year undergraduate institutions.

Since 2003, JAMP has been helping Texas students achieve their dreams with guaranteed admission to one of the state’s nine medical schools, financial, and academic support to help them get there, and access to resources that allow them to excel.

JAMP provides:

For more information, please feel free to visit their website or contact Dr. Candace E. Wicks, the JAMP Faculty Director at HSU.

The Pre-Physician Assistant (PA) track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into an accredited Physician Assistant Program to earn a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies degree. As a PA, you may:

  • Diagnose and treat illness and disease
  • Assist in surgical procedures
  • Monitor patients’ conditions and progress and re-evaluate treatments as needed
  • Administer and prescribe medication
  • Order, execute, and analyze diagnostic procedures and routine physical examinations

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution is required for matriculation into a PA program. An M.A. in PA Studies degree requires 2-3 years of education, with the average program length being 27 months.

Pre-PA is considered a track in Biology, it is not a major. Pre-PA students are required to take specific courses to prepare to apply to a PA program. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to PA school as long as you complete the prerequisites. As a Biology major, all of the following courses that are required by most PA programs and can be taken as a part of the B.S. or B.A. in Biology. These most common prerequisites are listed below:

Course Name HSU Course Number
General Biology I and II (with labs) BIOL 1306/1106 and BIOL 1307/1107
General Microbiology and lab BIOL 3420
Advanced Human Physiology and lab BIOL 3417
Advanced Human Anatomy and lab BIOL 3418
General Chemistry I and II (with labs CHEM 1310/1110 and CHEM 1311/1111
*Organic Chemistry I with lab CHEM 3401
Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1301
Introduction to Sociology SOCI 1301
Freshman Writing I or II ENGL 1301 or 1302
Statistical Methods STAT 3312
* This course may be included in your minor but is not included in the B.S. or B.A. in Biology.

Please visit the HSU PA program web page for specific program details. For specific requirements for any specific PA program, please visit the PA Program directory.

Professional organizations recommended for pre-PA students:

Website to apply to PA school:

The Pre-Dental track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into a dental school to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. As a general dentist you may:

  • Diagnose and restore or replace damaged teeth
  • Correct injuries or malformations of the teeth or mouth
  • Use prescription medications to alleviate pain caused from oral disease
  • Provide public health education for oral health

A DDS program requires 4 years of education. Additional training in the form of fellowships or residencies can allow you to specialize in fields like orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, forensic odontology, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and oral surgery.

Pre-Dental is considered a track in Biology; it is not a major. Pre-Dental students are required to take specific courses to prepare for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and to apply to dental school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to dental school as long as you have completed the prerequisites. As a Biology major all of the following courses that are required by most dental schools can be taken as part of the B.S. in Biology with a minor Biochemistry degree plan.

Course Name HSU Course Number
General Chemistry I and lab CHEM 1310/1110
General Chemistry II and lab CHEM 1311/1111
Organic Chemistry I CHEM 3401
Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3402
Biochemistry CHEM 4311
General Biology I and lab BIOL 1306/1106
General Biology II and lab BIOL 1307/1107
Microbiology BIOL 3420
Physics I and lab PHYS 1310/1110
Physics II and lab PHYS 1311/1111
English ENGL 1301 or 1302 and ENGL 3330
Statistics STAT 3312

There are three dental schools in Texas: Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, and UT Health Houston School of Dentistry. For additional application information, please contact each program and check their websites as they may be updated frequently.

To matriculate into dental school you must score competitively on the Dental Admissions Test. The test has four major sections:

  • Survey of Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry)
  • Perceptual ability (2 and 3-dimensional solving tests)
  • Reading Comprehension (Analysis of scientific literature)
  • Quantitative reasoning (Basic and Applied Mathematics)

Your performance on the Survey of Natural Sciences and Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Reasoning sections are recorded as the Academic Average, which ranges from 1 to 30. A competitive score is >19. You can find out more information about the DAT, including a yearly DAT Guide, on the American Dental Association DAT web page.

In addition to the prerequisite courses and competitive DAT score, successful applicants should also be involved in community service opportunities and complete at least 80 hours of shadowing. One organization that HSU students regularly volunteer with is the Texas Mission of Mercy Smiles Foundation. See their website for upcoming opportunities to serve around Texas, https://www.tdasmiles.org/texas-mission-of-mercy/.

There are great summer programs that allow you to get more experience in dentistry and prepare for dental schools. Find out more information and apply for the Summer Health Professions Education Program.

Dr. Jennifer Hennigan, Jennifer.Hennigan@hsutx.edu, advises Biology majors who are planning to apply for dental school.

Professional organizations for pre-dental students:

Websites to apply for dental school:

The Pre-Pharmacy track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into a pharmacy school to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Careers in pharmacy cover a variety of different options and specialties. Some career options are listed below:

  • Community Practice
    • Independent or Chain Pharmacy
    • Community Health Center Pharmacy
    • Veterinary Pharmacy
    • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Development
  • Hospital or Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Education
  • Long-term and Home Health Care Pharmacy

You can learn more about different pharmacy careers at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.

Pre-Pharmacy is considered a track in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Chemistry; it is not a major. Pre-Pharmacy students are required to take specific courses to prepare for the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and to apply to pharmacy school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to pharmacy school as long as you have completed the prerequisites. Pre-pharmacy track students at HSU generally follow one of the following plans:

  • B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (required major for Texas Tech School of Pharmacy articulation agreement—see below)
  • B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry or Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology

Following one of the plans listed above ensures that the prerequisite courses required by most pharmacy schools can be taken as part of the B.S. degree plan. You can learn more about pharmacy program prerequisite courses at Pharmacy Is Right For Me.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC-SOP) 3+4 Dual Degree Information

  • Students successfully completing the degree program will graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from HSU and either a Pharm.D. or Pharm.D./MBA from TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students from HSU who meet the requirements and deadlines of this agreement will be awarded early admission at TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students take their first three years of coursework at HSU, with their remaining four years at TTUHSC-SOP
  • Students entering the Pharm.D. program under this agreement will have their PCAT waived
  • Program acceptance criteria:
    • Texas resident
    • Minimum Math ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 550 and competency in trigonometry
    • Acceptable pre-entry interview
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • GPA of 3.6 during the first semester of enrollment at HSU
    • Maintain overall GPA of 3.7 at HSU
  • For more information contact Dr. Michelle Dose. Students must begin this program as a freshman.

To matriculate into pharmacy school you must score competitively on the Pharmacy College Admission Test. The test has five major sections:

  • Writing (Conventions of Language and Problem Solving)
  • Biological Processes (General Biology, Microbiology, and Human Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Chemical Processes (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Basic Biochemistry)
  • Critical Reading (Comprehension, Analysis, and Evaluation)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Basic Math, Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Precalculus, and Calculus)

Your performance on the PCAT is reported as your percentile rank which indicates your performance relative to the current PCAT norm group. Most Texas pharmacy schools prefer a PCAT score >50, but a competitive score for Texas pharmacy schools is >70. You can find more information about the PCAT, including a yearly PCAT guide, on the PCAT webpage.

In addition to the prerequisite courses and competitive PCAT score, successful applicants should gain experience by shadowing pharmacists or volunteering at a health center or hospital.  Additionally, it is recommended that pre-pharmacy students work in a pharmacy as clerks or pharmacy technicians.

Approximately 90% of all pharmacy degree programs in the U.S. participate in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) for admission.  You should visit the PharmCAS website to learn more about the admissions process and requirements.

Dr. Andrea Jensen advises Biology majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.

Dr. Michelle Dose advises Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry majors who are planning to apply to pharmacy school.

The Pre-Physical Therapy track at HSU will prepare you to matriculate into a physical therapy school to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. As a physical therapist you may:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction
  • Restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function, wellness and fitness, and quality of life as relates to movement and health
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments and disabilities that may result from diseases, conditions, or injuries

A DPT program generally takes about 3 years of education. Additional training can allow you to specialize in fields like orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, clinical electrophysiology, and sports physical therapy.  You can learn more about physical therapy careers at the American Physical Therapy Association.

Pre-Physical Therapy is considered a track in Biology; it is not a major. Pre-Physical Therapy students are required to take specific courses to apply to physical therapy school. You can choose to major in any field and you can apply to dental school as long as you have completed the prerequisites. As a Biology major the courses that are required by most physical therapy schools can be taken as part of the undergraduate Biology degree. Prerequisite courses vary significantly across physical therapy programs. To learn more about prerequisite courses visit the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.

Hardin-Simmons University Physical Therapy School Early Admission Agreement:

  • Student applies and is admitted to HSU undergraduate Biology program with less than 30 hours of completed transfer hours
  • Student satisfies the following requirements for acceptance into the HSU-PT Program:
    • Meets entry criteria established by HSU as a Biology major
    • Completes all prerequisite courses for the HSU-PT Program at HSU
    • Applies to the HSU-PT Program via the PTCAS and successfully completes application requirements prior to the interview with the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy at HSU during the student’s sophomore/junior year.
  • Following successful completion of the required undergraduate curriculum at HSU, the student will enroll in the Department of Physical Therapy at HSU, contingent upon the following:
    • Student must have a “C” or better in all required prerequisite courses
    • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above for all courses
    • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.1 or above for all Science/Statistic prerequisite courses
    • Student must receive a positive recommendation of “admit” or “priority admit” by the HSU Physical Therapy Admissions Committee
    • Student must have a positive record of ethical behavior during enrollment at HSU
  • Following successful completion of the early admissions curriculum from HSU and the first semester of the Physical Therapy curriculum from HSU, the student will be granted a BS or BA degree in Biology from HSU if the student has completed all graduation requirements for the appropriate HSU catalog.

Most physical therapy programs utilize the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) to facilitate the admissions process.  The American Physical Therapy Association provides useful information regarding the admissions process.

Physical therapy schools require applicants to observe practicing physical therapists. Different programs have different PT observation requirements. PTCAS provides a comparison of observation requirements by programs.

Dr. Austin Alexander advises Biology majors who are planning to apply to physical therapy school.

To prepare to enter a Veterinary Medicine program our students pursue a major in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. With the correct choice of advanced electives in Biology, students can complete all course requirements needed to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

The Grassland Initiative was established by the Rolling N Ranches L.P. to provide research opportunities to Hardin-Simmons faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of disciplines. The mission of the Grassland Initiative is to restore native grassland ecosystems to areas previously altered by agricultural conversion and is designed to employ conservation and management plans, through partnerships and cooperative efforts, resulting in restoration and overall biodiversity preservation.

The Grassland Initiative also offers student internship opportunities to provide support to graduate and undergraduate student researchers. The Grassland Initiative Student Internship Endowment, established by Dr. George Newman and his wife Carolyn, provides stipends for students conducting independent research projects through the Grassland Initiative. The stipends support student researchers and are awarded for Summer (May – July), Fall (Aug – Dec), and Spring (Jan – Apr) as funding allows. Students are encouraged to coordinate with the Grassland Initiative Program Director concerning Internship Requirements and Application Deadlines.

We offer several opportunities for field-based labs and travel courses. You have the option to study Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica (May term of odd years), Natural History in London (date varies), or Wildlife Conservation at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN (summer of even years). Due to our partnership with the Grassland Initiative, we offer field labs in courses such as Mammalogy, Animal Behavior, General Entomology, Wildlife Techniques, and Advanced Botany.

HSSM Research Society, Advisor—Dr. Wendi Wolfram

The purpose of the HSSM Research Society is to promote interest in undergraduate and graduate research through the development, communication, and publication of original research across disciplines. The HSSM Research Society enhances connections between peers and faculty and promotes research. The HSSM Research Society hosts an annual Symposium each spring.

Pre-Health Club, Advisor—Dr. Candace Wicks

The Pre-Health Club serves as a home to HSU students aiming to enter any facet of the medical profession. The organization provides students with information regarding admission requirements, entrance exam preparation, shadowing and volunteering opportunities, a forum for networking with current medical professionals as well as assists in graduate school application preparation and admission interviews.

Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Advisor—Dr. Marsha Rutland

The Pre-Physical Therapy Club is a great resource and application booster for students interested in becoming physical therapists. The club meets once a month to allow members the opportunity to explore and learn about the Anatomy Lab, receive advice from current PT students and admissions faculty, and learn about various topics in the field of physical therapy from practicing PT’s. Members of this club are also invited to attend presentations hosted by HSU’s DPT school and take part in physical therapy related service events. In addition, there are five officer position s available each year to members who are interested in gaining leadership experience.

Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Advisor—Dr. Jennifer Hennigan

Beta Beta Beta is a national biological honor society, with Delta Psi being the local chapter at HSU. All members are sophomores or higher, have an interest in the biological sciences, and have attained a biology GPA of 3.0 or higher. The honor society seeks to cultivate intellectual interest in the natural sciences and promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study. Members are involved in promoting science in the community through working with high schools, health fairs, research forums, or similar events. Members are eligible for some funding for undergraduate research and to publish for reduced costs in the Beta Beta Beta journal BIOS.

The Mission of the Department of Biology is to provide quality science education and research experiences in our unique university environment. Our goals include:

  • Providing a foundation in biological principles for non-major students
  • Modeling scientific teaching for 7-12 Life Sciences Education majors
  • Preparing students for professional, pre-professional, or graduate education in the life sciences ranging from molecules to ecosystems.

Biology Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Biology graduates will recognize core biological principles, including evolution, the relationship between structure and function, and information flow at all levels of biological organization.
  2. Biology graduates will explain and apply the scientific method, including designing, experimenting, and analyzing data.
  3. Biology graduates will analyze data, identify key results, and critically review primary scientific literature.
  4. Biology graduates will communicate biological information in oral and written form.
  5. Biology graduates will apply ethics to the daily practice of biology in research and medicine.

Beta Beta Beta is a national biological honor society, with Delta Psi being the local chapter at HSU. The honor society seeks to cultivate intellectual interest in the natural sciences and promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study. Our mission is three-fold: stimulating scholarship, disseminating scientific information, and promoting biological research. Delta Psi holds inductions every spring for regular membership and associate membership.

Regular Membership Requirements:

  1. Be an undergraduate majoring in any biological science
  2. Have completed at least one term of the second year of a four year curriculum at HSU
  3. Have completed at least three semesters in biological science, including one course that is not an introductory course
  4. Have a 3.0 or higher GPA in biology courses

Associate Membership Requirements:

Any undergraduate with a demonstrated interest in the biological sciences that does not meet the regular membership requirements is eligible (ex. biology minors).

What do we do?

Our members are involved in promoting science in the community through working with high schools, health fairs, research forums, or similar events. We have partnered with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) at ATEMS high school in Abilene since 2015 to provide science enrichment. For each visit, Delta Psi provides an interactive experiment or demonstration in either chemistry, biology, or physics. Additionally, we help host invited speakers at HSU and participate in a variety of community service projects.

Benefits

As a member, you get recognition for your commitment to biology. You receive Tri Beta honor cords in your membership packet.

Members are eligible for some funding for undergraduate research and to publish for reduced costs in the Beta Beta Beta journal, BIOS.

You have fun with other biology majors!

Want to join?

Contact the Tri-Beta sponsor Dr. Jennifer Hennigan for information on the next induction.