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Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Program Overview


The University of Providence’s Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree program allows students to get hands-on experience in their field of study, as one of the guiding philosophies for the biology program is to encourage and support undergraduate research. UP’s professors work with biology majors on exploring their research interests and designing a research project unique to each student.

The integration of UP’s Catholic mission with the exploration of science creates opportunities to discover and develop the whole person in science and society. The University of Providence in Montana offers three specialized concentrations to support the biology major, each of which further encourages students with a specific career in mind to hone the skills in their niche. These concentrations are in the following areas: health professions, physiology and wildlife ecology.


B.A. in Biology Program Highlights

  • Study Your Interests

Your education shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all experience. In our biology bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have the ability to tailor your education to your interests by choosing one of three unique academic concentrations. Prepare for a health profession, advanced studies in biology or ecology and conservation science while you deepen your understanding of the primary aspects of biology. 

  • Internship Opportunities

You won’t just study what you love in UP’s biology program, you’ll have the opportunity to put your education into action in an internship experience, gaining valuable hands-on skills that you can take with you into your career. You’ll receive school credit for completed internship hours, and you can intern where you choose once approved by the University. 

  • Small Professor-to-Student Ratio

In UP’s biology bachelor’s degree program, you’ll receive care and attention from professors whose work goes beyond the classroom. Our small professor-to-student ratio allows our faculty to work one-on-one with their students, mentoring and nurturing them through their studies and thesis research.

Program Curriculum


UP biology majors will take a variety of courses, including general biology, general chemistry, genetics and cell and molecular biology. In addition to the 44 credits in the major, students will take 16 credits in their concentration. Specialized concentrations allow students to tailor their education to their interests and options include health professions, physiology and wildlife ecology.


Biology Degree Curriculum


Biology Major Concentration Options


Health Professions

This concentration is designed to give future healthcare professionals an understanding of the foundational principles of biological science. Courses include microbiology, immunology, developmental biology, cell biology, virology and classical and modern physics. 


With courses in human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, exercise physiology and kinesiology and biomechanics, this concentration provides students with a strong foundation in understanding how cells, tissue and organisms function. 

Wildlife Ecology

From conservation ecology to mammalogy, students pursuing this concentration will develop their understanding of biology in an ecological context. Courses in ornithology and aquatic ecology round out this unique and growing discipline. 


Skills You’ll Learn


Biology majors at the University of Providence will learn these skills and more:

  • Creating projections
  • Isolating and analyzing DNA, RNA and protein
  • Curating experiments
  • Transcribing results
  • Statistical reports/analysis
  • Designing, conducting, and interpreting scientific research
  • Sequencing genomes
  • Communicating research findings through models, charts and graphs
  • Scientific writing
  • Research experience


Careers With a Bachelor’s in Biology


Many students study biology during their undergraduate education as a way of preparing for graduate or medical school. Our program provides an excellent basis for these studies, though students in the University of Providence’s bachelor’s in biology program will graduate with timeless skills that make them attractive to many different employers. 

Our academic concentrations allow students to prepare for careers in the health sciences, biology or conservation and ecology. Within those categories is an expanse of potential occupations, including those as a botanist, zoologist, ecologist, science writer or teacher, forensic or research scientist, agriculture and food scientist or biologist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Montana is one of five states with the highest concentration of jobs for biological scientists. The state is also reported as having a median annual salary of $69,450 for biology degree holders.


Application and Admission Requirements

  • Program Application: Complete an online undergraduate application.
  • Official Transcripts: Official high school transcripts may be sent directly from your high school to University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South | Great Falls, MT 59405. They may also be submitted electronically. Include transcripts from any dual enrollment or other pre-college programs attended and results of any AP tests taken.
  • Testing Scores: Official ACT or SAT score reports should be sent if your score with test date is not recorded on your transcript. Our ACT code is 2410, SAT is 4058. Though strongly recommended, providing official test scores is not required. If you have taken either test, it is best to have your scores sent to the University of Providence.


Tailor Your Education to Your Interests With UP’s Bachelor’s in Biology Degree


From wildlife ecology to healthcare, the University of Providence’s Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree program has something for everyone. Get a personalized education as you gain expertise in your concentration and hands-on experience in your internship program.


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Contact Our Faculty

Jessica Martin, M.S.

Lecturer of Biology

Robert Truax, MS

Senior Lecturer of Biology

Maxwell Chilije, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology

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I originally chose the Wildlife Biology program here at UP because I was looking for Environmental Science to help with my career but leaving Great Falls was not an option. As I have gone through the years, I am a senior this year, I have completely fallen in love with this department, the professors are all great, wonderful individuals who are all extremely passionate about their specialties which makes it that much more fun to learn from them. I have been to bigger schools in the past and one of the perks UP definitely has is the smaller class sizes they truly give the student a chance to have meaningful relationships with professors and advisors.
Dylan Gilbert
Biology major
I chose to major in biology at UP because of my career path and goals, but I also chose to major in biology because of the strong foundation that has been set within the program. The professors are phenomenal and understanding of the schedules of all students and are willing to help at anytime and in anyway that they can. I believe that the biology program, as well as the professors, will set me up well for my future career and life. I am very appreciative of the opportunities I have been granted at UP!
Connor Murgel
Biology Major
"I was first drawn to the University of Providence as a recruit for basketball and after learning more about Providence, I realized how much they could help me educationally. I want to do something in the medical field, and I believe that this biology program has helped me get a great start on my undergraduate career. In addition to the connection to Providence Health, the student to professor ratio and small class size allowed me to be at ease knowing I would get a good education. Over my past few years, I believe the biology program at Providence has really helped enhance and push me toward my career goals. I have been able to work closely with my professors and they have helped me apply and get accepted into an internship at McLaughlin Research Institute. I am confident that I will have that same support from my professors as I apply to other jobs and graduate/medical schools. With this small community, everyone is here to support each other being successful both in and outside of class. I am very thankful for all the opportunities this program has given me over the past few years that have set me up for a successful future."
Grace Weber
Biology Major

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