Biology, BA

Biology students working on the Green Roof Project TOP OFF YOUR STUDIES WITH HANDS-ON RESEARCH - Introduced in 2010, the university's green roof project atop Weyandt Hall has brought significant opportunities for student research and involvement.

Degree Offers Flexibility to Add Second Major, Minor

It can be hard to choose just one major in college. As a biology major pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you'll appreciate the flexibility in your schedule that allows you to coordinate a double major or a minor in another field such as anthropology, business administration, computer science, criminology (for forensic science), English (for technical writing), geoscience, or a foreign language.

At IUP, you'll be exposed to many aspects of biology as you 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. You may also choose to add an internship.

IUP's Biology Department offers the best of both academic worlds. You can have the opportunities found at larger research institutions while also enjoying the more personal learning community found at smaller colleges.

Prepare for a Career in Science or Graduate-Level Studies

According to a report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 39 percent of all biological scientists were employed by the government at various levels. Based on an employment study, the report 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.

Combining a primary biology major with a double major or a minor in a complementary field makes a strong impression on potential employers.