Do you have an innate fascination with the wonders of the world, a desire to treat the sick, a yearning to help humankind overcome serious calamities, or a love of the outdoors? If so, a biology major might be for you. Biology is a broad science that includes many specialties making it attractive to people with different aptitudes, backgrounds, and tastes. All the fields of biology require good computer, research, writing, analytical, and communication skills.

The Biology Department offers both a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in biology and a minor in biology. The B.A. program is designed for majors who are interested in finding a job right after college, or as a second major for education majors who want to become high school science teachers.

The B.S. program is especially designed for students who plan to continue on to graduate, medical or veterinary school. As a biology B.S. student, you'll take more courses than required for the B.A., including courses in physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics.  

Expand Your Skills
  • Develop strong computer skills
  • Enhance your communication, math, and writing skills
  • Have an eye for detail
  • Develop good listening skills
  • Join professional organizations
  • Sharpen your leadership skills by participating in campus organizations
  • Complete at least one internship
  • Work summer or part-time jobs in businesses of your interest
Career Options
  • Bioanalyst
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Marine biologist
  • Museum/aquarium administrator
  • Park rangerlaboratory technician
  • Research assistant
  • Technical writer
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental health educator
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Toxicologist
  • Zoologist
  • Horticulturist
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Nutritionist/dietitian
  • Horticulturist
  • Medical technologist
  • Science teacher
  • Science illustrator
  • Science sales and marketing
Professional Organizations
  • American Association of Zoo Keeper
  • American Aquarium and Zoo Association
  • The American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • The American Society for Microbiology
  • Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
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