The undergraduate majors in biological sciences are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of principles of modern biology.  The goal is to offer a broad-based understanding of important concepts in biological sciences, to prepare and enable students to seek admission to programs in health professions, to pursue graduate study in biological sciences including the rapidly expanding bio-technology and pharmaceutical sciences, and biology education.  The Department of Biological Sciences has also developed non-degree majors to facilitate students interested in health-related professions, pre-nursing, and clinical laboratory science. The courses in biology are also intended to meet the needs of those students who require a general knowledge of biology as a part of their program in general education. The curricula will be integrated for use of multiple methods of assessing student learning and provide opportunities for student self-assessment.   
The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following programs:

1.      Programs leading to a Baccalaureate Degree (B. S.) with majors in the following areas:
    a.    Pre-Professional Program:
           Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Health Science and Pre-Physical Therapy
    b.    Environmental Biology / Ecology:
    c.    Biology Education:

2.      The following programs support the student’s goal to enter a selected health profession area.  (These programs do not lead to a degree at Alcorn.  After completing one of these programs, the student must apply to another institution for completion of their training).
    a.   Pre-Nursing
    b.   Clinical Laboratory Science
    c.   Health Related Professions
          Medical Records Administration; Respiratory Therapy,
          Dental Hygiene, etc.

3. The Department of Biological Sciences offers the following
    Graduate Programs:
     a.   Master of Science Degree in Biology
     b.   Master of Science Degree  in Secondary Education with an
           endorsement in Biology