Biology BS

Biology - BS

If you want to do more than just live life, become a biologist and study it.


Biologists have exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as medicine, biotechnology, and environmental conservation and management. Biologists study living things to understand how they function, survive, and evolve. They may study bacteria and viruses that threaten human health or larger organisms such as red-spotted newts or brown bears. Whatever the scale, biological research increases our understanding of health and wellness and the threats to our environment.

You'll get a strong and broad foundation in life sciences by learning the full range of biological topics, from DNA and cells to whole animals and ecosystems.


You'll gain hands-on experience. Work as an intern, shadow a physician or health care worker at a local hospital. Interact with local health and environmental agencies. Take summer field courses at Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology on topics such as wildlife biology, reptiles and amphibians. Gain environmental skills in neighboring Allegheny National Forest and nearby aquatic natural habitats. You’ll also develop research skills when you choose a topic and work closely with your professor on your two-semester capstone experience, then get the chance to present your research at a local scientific meeting.

Bilology lab


All of these experiences as well as our strong curriculum will prepare you for a job, graduate school, medical school or other professional careers. Our Pre-Health Professions Committee will work with students pursuing health-related careers, including giving them tips after conducting mock interviews.

Job titles:

  • Assistant radiographer
  • Biological researcher
  • Dietetic and nutrition technologist
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Medical scribe
  • Pharmaceutical researcher

Graduate schools:

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
  • Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health  
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Queens University
  • University of Buffalo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Paris Descartes University
  • Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy 

Unique Program Features


Distinction one:

You’ll have the ability to minor or collaborate with other programs, including exercise science, environmental studies and chemistry.


Distinction two:

We are a member of the Regional Science Consortium at Presque Isle in Erie, PA, which enables students to participate in the consortium’s research projects, interesting and relevant class field trips, and internships.


Distinction three:

Our biology graduates have been successfully placed in medical, physician assistant, veterinary, optometry, dental, chiropractic and other health-related post-baccalaureate schools.

The tight-knit biology department has given me the tools to succeed. Devonte Sadler ’18, a student at Drexel University College of Medicine


Future doctors may streamline their acceptance into medical school via our Freshman Guarantee at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Future doctors, dentists, and optometrists may be able save a year of study and tuition by enrolling in our special 3 + 4 programs with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pitt's Dental School, or the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

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