Biology at USNA

ommegang

New Member
Hello I am new to this forum and I was wondering if you can get a major in biology at USNA? I shuffled through the list of majors and it said there wasn't one, it might be a ridiculous question but do they not have biology as a major?
Thanks!
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
Good for you on researching the primary source!

If a major is not listed, it's not offered.
 

BDHuff09

5-Year Member
While there is no Biology major, they do offer a limited number of biology courses that you can take. They are mostly so that people that are attempting to commission into the Medical Corps can get prepared for med school further down the line.
 

GNBA2020

Member
There is no biology major but to echo Kayce's post, I've been told that they are moving towards developing a biochem major but its not quite there yet. Those who are interested in competing for a medical billet take biology as an elective during the summer.
 

Mom529

5-Year Member
That's disappointing, either way thank you all so much!
I'm not sure if your reason for wanting biology was more med school related, or naturalist related. I can tell you that my Mid's interests have always been naturalist related. He is majoring in Oceanography, as it is a very hands-on major with lots of outdoor research opportunities. He can do biology electives to go with it. He has talked to some grads who are in biology related graduate programs from this major, so this was very encouraging for him. I hope this helps!
 

ommegang

New Member
I'm not sure if your reason for wanting biology was more med school related, or naturalist related. I can tell you that my Mid's interests have always been naturalist related. He is majoring in Oceanography, as it is a very hands-on major with lots of outdoor research opportunities. He can do biology electives to go with it. He has talked to some grads who are in biology related graduate programs from this major, so this was very encouraging for him. I hope this helps!
That actually sounds like a good major I will have to check it out. I just enjoy biology really.
 

time2

10-Year Member
At a civilian college, you select a major because you intend to pursue a career in that field. At USNA, the choice of major is generally unrelated to what specific service selection you eventually make. Service selection relates more to your class standing and the needs of the military in the year you graduate.

You need to further clarify your question in order for us to be of more assistance.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
Absolutely true that major is unrelated to your Service Selection, you will get all the background course that you need to serve as part of the Core Curriculum (hence, a BS for Bull Majors). However, you should major in something that interests you. Case in point -- you don't have to be an Aero major to succeed in aviation.
 
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