Students who wish to pursue graduate programs or professional degrees in science, such as medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine, or who seek employment in the medical, biotechnological, or environmental fields opt for the BS in biology degree program.
The curriculum consists of a group of biology core courses, biology courses specific for a chosen concentration, and specific chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. Biology majors have the option of specializing in one of the following three academic tracks (concentrations) after obtaining a solid foundation in basic biological principles:
- General Biology - This track provides a broad study plan that covers various areas of the biological sciences, including physiology, ecology, botany, genetics and microbiology.
- Environmental Biology - This track emphasizes study of the interrelationship between the living and nonliving components within our environment, and the effects of human activity upon them.
- Molecular and Cellular Biology - This track emphasizes study of the biochemistry of cellular structure and function and the technologies involved in the investigation of molecular processes within cells.
Biology is at the forefront of today’s headlines, from healthcare reform to genetic engineering. Now is the time to be a part of the next generation of scientists who are tackling pressing issues such as global warming, stem cell research, public health, and bioterrorism. No matter what field you want to pursue, Dyson College’s biology programs will prepare you to enter the world of science and also help you to advance it. Dyson College’s Department of Biology offers a number of undergraduate, joint undergraduate-graduate and professional programs, which can be tailored to your career objectives.
Whether you are interested in biological research, a health-related profession, teaching, or an advanced degree, we have the program for you. Our undergraduate students conduct independent laboratory research in collaboration with highly respected faculty members, often at a level typically reserved for graduate students, utilizing scientific resources one would expect to find at a large research institution. Our students also 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.
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, plant biology, global warming, bacterial pathology, ecological field studies, and tropical ecology. These research projects, many of which are funded by federal grants, include both undergraduate and graduate student participation. Learn more
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.
Many of our graduates command starting salaries of $53,200 or more—that’s on par with graduates from the country’s most selective Ivy League schools. There are many career paths students can follow with an undergraduate degree in Biology. Our students are also well prepared for study at the graduate level. With additional certifications and graduate degrees, students may also become scientists, medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, dentists, veterinarians, and teachers.
What Can You Do With This Major?
- Entry-level laboratory or field research in academic, government or pharmaceutical research laboratories, or research for private, nonprofit organizations
- Entry-level healthcare or public health work in hospitals and other medical facilities, government public health agencies
- Entry-level environmental conservation work for government agencies (EPA, DEC, national parks) or private, nonprofit organizations (zoos, aquariums)
- Entry-level forensic science work (local, state, or federal agencies)