What will I learn?

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) students receive a rigorous grounding in biology that provides a starting point for careers in private industry, with non-profit or government organizations, teaching at the secondary level, or some health professions (e.g., physician assistant or physical therapy). Students have the opportunity to couple their biology education with a minor (e.g., business, environmental studies, sustainability studies, or psychology) that supports their career aspirations. To help foster student success, faculty provide high-quality academic and career advising throughout the student’s time at IU South Bend.

The curriculum includes up-to-date content in a wide variety of elective courses as well as education in the process of scientific discovery, with emphasis on reading scientific literature, writing about and presenting scientific information, designing scientific studies, and collecting, manipulating, and analyzing scientific data. Many students also work closely with faculty on independent research projects that teach valuable laboratory and field skills and increase success in applications for post-graduate employment or admission to professional programs. Compared to the B.S. degree, the B.A. places less emphasis on the cognate disciplines of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and because of this, students seeking to enter M.S. or Ph.D. programs or medical, pharmacy, dental, or veterinary school or other healthcare-related professional programs are advised to earn the B.S. rather than the B.A.


Graduates with a bachelor's degree in biology are prepared for a wide range of jobs in government, industry, and business, including medical sciences, scientific and technical companies, and the health professions. Positions include biologist, botanist, biostatistician, science writer, conservationist, pharmaceutical sales representative, and environmental planner, among others. Many biology majors go on to graduate or professional schools to prepare for professions such as physicians, dentists, professors, or biological research scientists

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,373.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wiekamp Hall 3300C,



46634, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a score of at least 630 on the General Educational Development (GED) test. English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score of 71 or higher on the internet-based; TOEFL score 530 or higher paper-based exam; IELTS - 6.0 or higher; Pearson Test of English, Academic: 48 or higher; WAEC's Senior Secondary Certificate of Examinations (SSCE): A or B; Ordinary Level Certificate: A or B; Cambridge International O Levels: C or higher; (Test in Practical English Proficiency) "EIKEN": Pre-1 or higher.

For international students

Students who have not attended college or university after graduating from high school and wish to earn a first bachelor’s degree are first-year students. Students who took dual-enrolled college coursework while still in high school are also considered first-year students. In general, we recommend that students complete college preparatory coursework that includes: Eight semesters of English or the language of instruction, Six to eight semesters of mathematics, Six to eight semesters of natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), Six semesters of social science (economics, government, history, psychology, or sociology), Eight semesters of foreign language, fine arts, computer science, or technical skills, Two semesters of health, physical education, or safety.

English language Requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based - 71 or higher

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based - 530 or higher

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0 or higher

Pearson Test of English, Academic - 48 or higher

Test in Practical English Proficiency - Pre-1 or higher

SAT I Critical Reading - 450 or higher (or the equivalency on the new evidence-based reading and writing section)

WAEC's Senior Secondary Certificate of Examinations (SSCE) - A or B

Ordinary Level Certificate - A or B

Cambridge International O Levels - C or higher

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - A or B

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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