BS in Biology
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Biology is at the forefront of today’s headlines, from health care reform to genetic engineering. Now is the time to be a part of the next generation of scientists who are tackling global warming, stem cell research, public health, and bioterrorism. No matter what field you want to pursue, Dyson College’s biology and health sciences programs will not only prepare you to enter the world of science, but also help you change it.
Students who wish to pursue scientific graduate school programs or professional schools, such as medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine, or are seeking employment in the medical, biotechnological, or environmental fields opt for the BS with a concentration in general biology, environmental biology, or molecular and cellular biology.
BS in Biology
This course of study will prepare you for further education in scientific graduate school programs and for professional schools, such as medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, physical therapy and veterinary medicine, or for employment in the medical, biotechnological or environmental fields. The curriculum consists of a group of biology core courses as well as strong foundational courses in chemistry, math, and physics. Once majors have fulfilled these requirements in the broad areas of biology, students are given the opportunity to tailor their upper level electives to suit their interests and career goals. The major is capstoned with an independent research project in which students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor either in the lab or through an internship in one of the health professions.
Pre-health Joint Degree Programs
Students who know they want to enter a professional health sciences program after earning a bachelor’s degree can opt to complete a joint degree through programs with one of our partner schools. Please note there are separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. For further information, speak to an academic adviser.
BS in Biology / MS in Occupational Therapy
This program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace and two additional years at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
BS in Biology / Doctor of Optometry (DO)
This program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and four additional years of study at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. Students who complete the program receive a BS in biology from Pace and a DO from SUNY.
BS in Biology / Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
This program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace and four additional years of study at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students who complete the program receive a BS in biology from Pace and a DPM from New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Student-faculty research is a benchmark of the Dyson College experience. Our faculty members are actively involved in both basic and applied research in a wide range of areas including cancer research, microbiology, invertebrate biology, developmental neuroscience, genomics, animal communication, and mammalian ecology. These research projects, many of which are funded by federal grants, include both undergraduate and graduate student participation. Our students have presented the results of their research work at national and international scientific meetings and have authored papers in scientific journals. They have also been the recipients of international fellowships for continued study in the United States and abroad. To learn more about our faculty research projects, please visit the Research Opportunities page.
Our students conduct independent laboratory research in collaboration with highly respected faculty members, often at a level typically reserved for graduate students, using scientific resources one would expect to find at a large research institution. Students gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom through fieldwork and internships at some of the most prestigious scientific and pharmaceutical companies and organizations in the world.
There are many career paths you can follow with an undergraduate degree in Biology, including laboratory or field research; health care or public health work; environmental conservation; scientific policy work for local, state, or federal agencies; pharmaceutical marketing and sales; science writing; and communication in newspapers, websites, magazines, television, and radio. With additional certifications and degrees, students may also become medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, dentists, veterinarians, and teachers.
Many Pace graduates command starting salaries of $53,200 or more—that’s on par with the country’s most selective Ivy League schools.