Biology, BS

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.

The BS program in biology, with an emphasis in the natural sciences, examines these disciplines through experiential learning, and all of the program's core courses include laboratories. 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.

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, or to enter graduate or doctoral programs in human or veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or scientific research.

Program Offered

Biology, BS

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

West, Lake Havasu City

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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 (e.g., 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
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary6%$86,260
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Biological Scientists, All Other-0.4%$74,720
Biological Technicians5.2%$41,290
Chemists 2.6%$73,480
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 15.4%$73,080
Climate Change Analysts 10.7%$66,250
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Forensic Science Technicians 26.6%$55,360
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 21.4%$57,200
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Restoration Planners 10.7%$66,250
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary8.6%$77,470
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary6.8%$84,090
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary8.7%$81,780
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 1%$94,030
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Water Resource Specialists 3.3%$120,050
Industrial Ecologists 10.7%$66,250
Life Scientists, All Other7.2%$69,100
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720
Dentists, All Other Specialists8.5%$170,110
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 15%$80,720
Biochemists and Biophysicists8.2%$84,940
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030

* 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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