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This course of study will prepare you for graduate school programs in the sciences, for professional schools such as medical, osteopathic medical, dental, physical therapy, or veterinary medical programs, or for employment in the medical, biotechnological or environmental fields. The curriculum consists of a group of biology core courses, biology elective courses distributed among three broad subject areas, and specific chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. After obtaining a solid foundation in basic biological principles through the core biology curriculum, majors will take one elective course from each of the following three categories and two additional electives from any category of their choosing.
Molecular and Cellular Biology – Courses in this category emphasize an understanding of cellular structure and function at the molecular level, as well as the technologies that enable us to investigate the chemical and molecular properties of living systems.
Organismal Biology – Courses in this category explore the structures and physiologies of organisms in all of their many forms, from bacteria to plants to humans.
Biological Systems and Ecology - Courses in this category delve into the interrelationship between the living and nonliving components within our environment, and the effects of human activity upon them.
Enrollment in elective courses from each of these categories ensures that you will receive a comprehensive education in biology, preparing you for a wide range of graduate programs or careers in the sciences and medicine.
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)
Many careers in biology require additional certifications and/or advanced degrees:
- MS degree in Biology – Individuals with MS degrees in biology typically progress beyond entry level positions.
- MSPAS degree – Individuals with an MSPAS degree are masters-level Physician Assistants and work in health care settings
- RNP degree – Individuals with an RNP degree are nurse practitioners and work in health care settings
- Secondary Education – Individuals with a BS or BA in Biology may opt to obtain additional certification or Masters level degrees in order to teach secondary education biology
- PharmD – Individuals with a PharmD degree are pharmacists
- PhD degree in Biology – Individuals with PhD degrees in biology typically hold academic positions at undergraduate or research institutions, or may work in pharmacuetical research and development
- DPT – Individuals with a DPT degree are physical therapists and can work in a variety of settings, including health care
- DOT – Individuals with a DOT degree are occupational therapists and can work in a variety of settings, including health care
- MD or DO degree – Individuals with MD or DO degrees have attended medical school (MD) or a school of osteopathic medicine and practice medicine
- DDS or DMD degree – Individuals with DDS or DMD degrees have attended dental school and practice dentistry
- • DVM or VMD degree – Individuals with DVM or VMD degree have attended veterinary school and practice veterinary medicine
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