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The Biology degree provides students insights into how life and physical sciences intersect in the real-world. Opportunities to conduct hands-on research into cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, this program prepares students to pursue advanced degrees or career in a variety of scientific fields.

This program prepares you to pursue advanced degrees or a career in a variety of scientific fields. With its focus on interactive and interdisciplinary experiences, including opportunities to conduct hands-on research into cancer and Alzheimer's disease, among many others, you will gain insights into how life and physical sciences intersect in the real world.


The BS program in biology with an emphasis in the natural sciences examines these disciplines through experiential learning. By learning in an integrative environment that emphasizes the connectedness of the life sciences, students gain a better understanding of larger scientific concepts and can view these concepts from multiple perspectives.

All of the program's core courses include laboratories.

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty members or during internships. Some even publish in top journals and present their results at scientific meetings.

Graduates are prepared for employment with state and federal agencies or private organizations, such as biomedical laboratories and environmental consultancies. They are also prepared for graduate or doctoral programs in human or veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or scientific research.

At A Glance

Biology, BS

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

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Career outlook

This program prepares graduates for a wide range of careers by offering course and laboratory work and quantitative research opportunities that develop fundamental problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and communication skills. Graduates may enter careers in:

  • business
  • laboratory or field research
  • medicine
  • publishing
  • scientific journalism
  • teaching

Undergraduate laboratory experience, both on and off campus, enhances employability as a laboratory technician or research associate in university and government research laboratories; in hospital and diagnostic laboratories; and in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agricultural and food processing companies.

Students engaged in field studies are prepared for entry-level positions in private companies and state and federal agencies, such as wildlife biologist, environmental consultant or conservation officer.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Scientists, All Other8%$76,690
Climate Change Analysts 11.1%$69,400
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Life Scientists, All Other9.2%$74,540
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.5%$91,190
Veterinarians 18.8%$90,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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