Introduction to Biology Programs

The Biology Department at ENMU aims to provide you with an education that you can be proud of and that will serve your career aspirations. The value of your degree is based on the hard work of students who have gone before you, establishing the University and Department's reputation, and the hard work you put in during your time with us.

We provide the opportunity for you to continue and improve upon our history, as part of the Biology family, past, present, and future. The programs of study offered through the department have been purposefully planned by the faculty to give you the best preparation we can.

Through hard work and study, use of your inquiring mind, and engagement with your course work, you will have a rewarding educational experience! This experience and qualification gives us all pride when you walk across the stage on graduation day.

Undergraduate students may major in biology, choosing to take one of several emphases:

Biology Undergraduate Programs

Every undergraduate student must complete 46-50 hours of general education requirements, in addition to 23 hours of biology core courses, and at least eight hours of elective course requirements (in consultation with an academic advisor).

You can major in Biology broadly, or you can major in Biology and specialize in a certain field by taking an emphasis in one of the following areas:

View the Bachelor of Science in General Biology
View the Bachelor of Science in Biology with Emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
View the Bachelor of Science in Biology with Emphasis in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biotech
View the Bachelor of Science in Biology with Emphasis in Pre-medicine
View the Biology Graduate Program



Wildlife and Fisheries Science

We also offer a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science that meets the requirements for certification with the Wildlife Society and The American Fisheries Society.

View the Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fishery Sciences degree plan.


Students wishing to pursue certification should select courses from those listed below:

Recommended courses in Humanities and Social Sciences (9 hours)

Choose at least one course from Category VI, no more than two courses from a single area in category V, and no more than one foreign language course from Category V.

  • Category VI, Social Science:
    • ECON 221, 222
    • PSCI 101, 102
    • PSY 101; SOC 101,212
  • Category V, Humanities and Fine Arts
    • HIST 101, 102, 121, 122, 203
    • HUM 221, 222; ENG 201, 211, 221, 222
    • FR 101, 102, 201, 202
    • SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202

Recommended courses in Communications (3 hours)

Or choose one of the following: ENG 251, 252, 416 or any additional COMM class.

Recommended courses in Policy, Administration, Law, Human Dimensions: (3 Hours)

Select one of the following

  • CJ 102
  • PSCI 321, 332, 410
  • SOC/CJ 432


Teaching Licensure

In the Biology program, you can also earn your natural science secondary teaching licensure.

View the Bachelor of Science in Biology with Secondary Licensure degree plan.


ENMU also offers preparatory courses in:

Contact Us

Department of Biology
ENMU Station 33
Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 575.562.2174
Fax: 575.562.2192