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Biology (B.S.)

B.S., Biology

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

Some say the scientific mind can be described as half-scholar, half-explorer. As a Biology major pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll be immersed in many aspects of biology, from biomolecules to biomes. You’ll learn in the classroom and outside it. IUP’s Biology professors are highly committed to getting students involved in field experiences and hands-on projects.

Among the courses you’ll take are Principles of Biology, Botany, General Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Physics. You’ll also choose other Biology courses, such as Field Botany, Ornithology, Field Zoology, Ecology, Immunology, Limnology, Animal Behavior, Plant Physiology, and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. In addition, you’ll select classes from related disciplines such as Chemistry, Math, and Geoscience. An internship can be incorporated with planning, although the required course list is extensive, so as to provide a strong background for professional work or graduate study.

IUP’s Biology department has the academic size and diversity to give you the opportunities found at larger research institutions while also providing you with the kind of more personal learning community found at smaller colleges.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Biology will prepare you for a career in science or to continue your education at the graduate level. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 39 percent of all biological scientists were employed by the government at various levels. Most of the federal biological scientists, the report states, worked for the departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Defense and for the National Institutes of Health.

The report, based on an employment study, found that most of the remainder of the biological scientists worked in research and testing laboratories, the pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing industries, or colleges and universities.

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