Work on equipment you’ll find in your field.


Understanding the mysteries of the cycle of life is the key to a successful career.

The science of living matter fascinates you, whether it’s the role of cytoskeleton in cellular function or how the body defends itself against invasion by foreign substances. Our program will build you a solid grounding in the biological sciences no matter which area you might seek to specialize in. As one of approximately 400 students who major in biology each year, you will work alongside students with diverse interests on our cutting-edge equipment as you study both classical biology and molecular and cell biology. Supplemented by weekly seminars by visiting scientists, your education will prepare you well for a rewarding career that can take you anywhere from aquariums to zoological parks.

As a premed student, I was drawn to biology because of the classes offered. Not only were there basics, such as biology and physiology, but also upper-level courses in microbiology and genetics that have prepared me well for the medical field.

Arvind Badhey ’11

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Quick Facts

  • Students who pursue a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field like biology enjoy lower rates of joblessness and earn 26 percent more than those in non-STEM fields.
  • Job growth in biology continues to be higher than the national average.
  • The department’s research is supported by more than $5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Possible Careers

  • Biologist who examines organic cells in a food-testing laboratory
  • Naturalist who tracks the numbers and conditions of flora and fauna at a state park
  • Environmentalist at a nature conservancy who investigates manufacturing emissions along the nation’s river systems