COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES BIOLOGY (2022)

BIOL 114 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (5) NW David C. Catling, Roger Buick, Victoria S Meadows, Woodruff T Sullivan
Introduction to the new science of astrobiology, study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth, and the search for microbial and intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Designed for non-science, liberal arts majors. Offered: jointly with ASTBIO 115/ASTR 115/ESS 115/OCEAN 115.
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BIOL 180 Introductory Biology (5) NW
Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, and conservation biology. Open to all students interested in biology whether intending to major in the biological sciences, enroll in preprofessional programs, or fulfill a Natural World requirement. First course in a three-quarter series (BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220). Offered: AWSpS.
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BIOL 200 Introductory Biology (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in preprofessional programs. Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal development. Second course in a three-quarter series (BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220). Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.7 in either BIOL 180, B BIO 180, T BIOL 120, or TESC 120; either CHEM 143, CHEM 145, CHEM 223, CHEM 237, or OCEAN 295, or concurrently taking either CHEM 220, CHEM 152, CHEM 153, or CHEM 155. Offered: AWSpS.
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BIOL 240 Intensive Introductory Biology: Human Health Emphasis (15) NW J. Doherty, S. Freeman, A. Schivell
Comprehensive introduction to biology from the standpoint of interactions between biology, human health, society, and the larger ecosystem. Covers Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology, metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal physiology, and plant physiology. Offered: S.
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BIOL 250 Marine Biology (3/5) NW
Lecture-laboratory course in marine biology focusing on physical, biological, and social aspects of the marine environment. Topics include oceanography, ecology, physiology, behavior, conservation, fisheries, exploration, and activism. Weekend field trip. Honors section research project. Offered: jointly with FISH 250/OCEAN 250; AS.
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BIOL 302 Laboratory Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology (4) NW T. Imaizumi, L. Martin-Morris
Explores the use of various cell and molecular laboratory techniques, such as PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation through hands-on experiments. Students produce a portfolio of techniques they have learned. Prerequisite: either BIOL 355 or a minimum grade of 2.5 in either BIOL 200, BIOL 240, B BIO 200, or T BIOL 130.
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BIOL 305 Science Communication: Video Storytelling in Biology (3) NW/VLPA P. Boersma
Students make a short film on a biological story, concept, or theory. Includes developing a storyline, getting the shots to make compelling viewing, editing, and producing a short video. Prerequisite: either BIOL 180, BIOL 240, B BIO 180, or T BIOL 120. Offered: Sp.
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BIOL 310 Survey of Human Anatomy (5) NW Casey J Self
Covers the major systems of the human body (integumentary, skeletomuscular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular and reproductive) and the interactions of cells and tissues that help humans live, grow and change. Focus on anatomy (not physiology) to offer students a greater understanding of the structures, development, and evolution of the of human body. Offered: ASp.
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BIOL 313 Civilizational Biology (5) I&S/NW Ben Wiggins
Explores fundamental biology needed to build and maintain human society (both historically and after a future apocalyptic event). Focuses on engineering and innovating necessary biology tools from raw materials (bread, soap, preservatives, textiles, salt, etc.) and in biological/cultural practices (birth, death, medical care, conservation, etc). Prerequisite: BIOL 220.
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BIOL 315 Biological Impacts of Climate Change (3) NW Lauren Buckley, Abby Swann She.Her
Covers the biological impacts of climate change, including changes in species distributions and interactions, altered phenology, and ecosystem dynamics. Discusses implications of these biological impacts for society (e.g., food security, public health, and resource management). Prerequisite: either BIOL 180, BIOL 240, B BIO 180, or T BIOL 120.
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BIOL 354 Foundations in Evolution and Systematics (3) NW
Evolution and systematics core course for biological sciences majors. Emphasizes patterns, processes, and consequences of evolutionary change. Serves as gateway to 400-level courses and seminars in evolution, population genetics, sociobiology, conservation biology, phylogenetics, and systematics. Prerequisite: either BIOL 180, BIOL 240, B BIO 180, T BIOL 120, or BIO A 201. Offered: ASp.
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BIOL 355 Foundations in Molecular Cell Biology (3) NW
Cell biology core course for biological sciences majors. Emphasis on molecular approaches to understand cell structure, function, and regulation, and the analysis of experimental design and data interpretation. Serves as a prerequisite to advanced 400-level cell, molecular, and developmental biology courses and seminars. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either BIOL 200, BIOL 240, B BIO 200, T BIOL 130. Offered: AWSpS.
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BIOL 385 Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health (3) NW
Explores evolutionary causes of health and disease. Considers how natural selection and the legacies of our human, primate, mammalian and bacterial ancestries have shaped our biology. Topics include mental disorders, aging, cancer, diet, obesity, diabetes, infectious diseases, racism, and health differences between human groups. Prerequisite: either BIO A 201 or BIOL 180. Offered: jointly with BIO A 355.
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BIOL 396 Peer Facilitation - Teaching in Biology (1-4, max. 10) NW
For undergraduates working in biology courses as peer facilitators. Peer facilitators assist with labs, lectures, and course administration and gain direct classroom experience. No independent teaching or grading. Opportunities vary by quarter and instructor. Prerequisite: either BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, or BIOL 356. Credit/no-credit only.
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BIOL 402 Functional Genomics (4) NW A. Paredez
Students perform initial characterization of novel genes through epitope tagging and localization. Skills covered include: preparation of solutions, Genomic Database queries, PCR, electrophoresis, DNA purification, cloning, transformation, and immunofluorescence microscopy. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BIOL 355.
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BIOL 404 Animal Physiology: Cellular Aspects (3) NW Horacio O. De La Iglesia
Examines the physiology of membrane transport, nervous signaling, sensory systems, behavioral modulation, muscle, neuronal and endocrine integration, and circadian rhythms. Emphasis on the cellular and tissue level. Prerequisite: either BIOL 220, BIOL 240, B BIO 220, or T BIOL 140; either CHEM 224 or CHEM 239. Offered: A.
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BIOL 408 Neuroethology (4) NW
Comparative exploration of the neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms that control behaviors necessary for survival and reproduction in animals. Model systems discussed include animal communication, mate choice, escape behavior, spatial orientation, homing and migration, and biological rhythms. Students are expected to understand fundamental concepts of neuroscience from any of the following prerequisite courses. Prerequisite: either PSYCH 333 OR BIOL 220. Offered: jointly with PSYCH 408.
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BIOL 415 Evolution and Development (3) NW Billie J Swalla
Analysis of intertwined developmental and evolutionary processes studied through evolution of developmental genes, proteins, and expression patterns in different organisms. Includes reading and analyzing implications for ecology evolution, and human disease. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 3.0 in BIOL 200, BIOL 240, B BIO 200, or T BIOL 130, or a minimum grade of 2.0 in either BIOL 354 or BIOL 355.
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BIOL 416 Molecular Genetics of Plant Development (3) Takato Imaizumi He,Him
Plant growth and development examined in molecular-genetic terms. Covers mutation, dominance, redundancy, epistasis, and key technologies for discovery of gene function as well as embryogenesis, meristem formation, flower development, and other problems in plant development. Prerequisite: BIOL 355 and either GENOME 361, or GENOME 371.
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BIOL 424 Plant Ecophysiology (5) NW S. Kim
Explores physiological mechanisms that underlie ecological observations, including how above- and below-ground microclimates develop and affect plant physiological processes. Discusses acclimation to environmental change along with species differences in physiological processes and plant's occupation of heterogeneous environments. Laboratories emphasize field measurement techniques. Prerequisite: either BIOL 180, B BIO 180, TESC 120, T BIOL 120, ESRM 201, ESRM 162, or FISH 162. Offered: jointly with ESRM 478; W.
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BIOL 429 Organ Development, Homeostasis and Regeneration (3) Jeff Rasmussen
How essential organ systems are built during development and maintained throughout life. Analyses of selected organs (heart, limbs, and skin) in vertebrate model organisms. Examines the promise that regeneration-competent systems hold for improving outcomes after severe organ damage in humans. Prerequisite: BIOL 355; and either BIOL 401, BIOL 405, BIOL 411, BIOC 405, or BIOC 440. Offered: Sp.
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BIOL 430 Marine Zoology (5) NW
Survey of groups of invertebrate animals represented in the San Juan Archipelago; natural history, functional morphology, ecology, distribution, habitat, adaptation, trophic interrelationships, and evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL 445, which must be taken concurrently; permission of Friday Harbor director. Offered: jointly with FHL 430.
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BIOL 433 Marine Ecology (5) NW Jennifer Ruesink
Study of marine ecological processes such as recruitment, disturbance, competition, and predation, and their effects on the structure and diversity of marine communities. Weekend field trips to local intertidal habitats required. Prerequisite: either FISH 270/OCEAN 270/MARBIO 270, BIOL 356, BIOL 472, or a minimum grade of 3.4 in either BIOL 180, BIOL 240, B BIO 180, or T BIOL 120 Offered: jointly with MARBIO 433; Sp, odd years.
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BIOL 438 Analytical Paleobiology (5) NW Gregory Wilson Mantilla, Caroline Stromberg she.her
Introduction to the principles and analytical methods in the study of paleobiology, morphology, and systematics. Topics include paleobiogeography, morphology-based phylogenetics, evolutionary rates, biodiversity curves, functional morphology, morphometrics, and paleoecology. Emphasis on application of methods using fossil and modern specimens. Prerequisite: either BIOL 280, BIOL 354, or ESS 213. Offered: jointly with ESS 448; A.
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BIOL 439 Functional Morphology (5) NW S. Santana Mata
Uses mammals as a model system to investigate functional morphology. Focus on discussing primary literature, modern methodological tools used in functional morphology, and group research projects. Research-intensive format allows students to conduct research projects using resources and specimens in the Biology Department and Burke mammalogy collection. Prerequisite: BIOL 443, BIOL 448, BIOL 452, BIOL 453, or 3.0 in BIOL 350, or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
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BIOL 441 Trends in Land Plant Evolution (5) NW Veronica Di Stilio
Covers key innovations and trends during the evolution of land plants. Uses an evolution of development (evo-devo) approach that compares morphological, anatomical, developmental, and molecular traits across main evolutionary lineages of plants. Prerequisite: either BIOL 220, B BIO 220, or T BIOL 140; and either BIOL 317, BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, or BIOL 356. Offered: A.
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BIOL 444 Ornithology (5) NW John T Klicka
Field, lecture, and laboratory study of birds from an evolutionary perspective. Emphasizes taxonomy, breeding systems, brood parasitism, appearance, molt, migration, orientation, social behavior, song, and flight. Includes Saturday and weekend field trips for which students are required to share a portion of transportation costs. Prerequisite: either BIOL 220, BIOL 240, B BIO 220, or T BIOL 140.
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BIOL 445 Marine Botany (5) NW
Survey of plants represented in marine environments; natural history; ecology, distribution, habitat, adaptation, and trophic interrelationships. Taken at Friday Harbor laboratories. Prerequisite: either BIOL 220, B BIO 220, or TESC 140; BIOL 430, which must be taken concurrently. Offered: jointly with FHL 440.
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BIOL 448 Mammalogy (5) NW S. SANTANA MATA
Studies evolutionary patterns, ecology, behavior, physiology, and taxonomy of mammals. Relies on a comparative, systems approach to understand the major trends and mechanisms maintaining the diversity in form and function in mammals. Prerequisite: either BIOL 350, BIOL 354, or BIOL 356.
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BIOL 452 Vertebrate Biology (5) NW Karen E Petersen
The biology of vertebrate animals, emphasizing their diversity, adaptations, and evolutionary history. Introduces aspects of behavior, physiology, morphology, and ecology that emerge from the comparative study of vertebrates. Laboratory includes local field trips, films, and introduction to regional vertebrate fauna. Prerequisite: either BIOL 180, BIOL 240, B BIO 180, or T BIOL 120. Offered: SpS.
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BIOL 453 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (5) NW Karen E Petersen, Christian A Sidor
Comparison of the structure of vertebrate organ systems: integument, skeletal, muscle, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, and reproductive, with an emphasis on evolutionary trends. Prerequisite: either BIOL 350, BIOL 355, BIOL 452, or BIOL 467. Offered: W.
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BIOL 457 Chemical Communication (4) NW Jeffrey A Riffell
Exploration of how chemical signals are produced, transported, and influence behavior of microbes, plants, and animals. Synthetic approach, with emphasis on applications to cell biology, neurobiology, and ecology. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 2.5 in either BIOL 220, BIOL 240, B BIO 220, or T BIOL 140, or a minimum grade of 2.0 in BIOL 350.
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BIOL 462 Advanced Animal Physiology (3) NW Mary Pat Wenderoth
Physiology at levels of organisms and behavior, organ systems, and cells - an evolutionary and integrative perspective. Organismal physiology: metabolism, temperature, locomotion, osmoregulation, respiration, circulation, digestion. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either BIOL 350 or NBIO 301.
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BIOL 466 Pathobiology of Emerging Diseases (3) NW Leslie B. Zeman, Mandy Schivell She.Her, Justine Liepkalns
Examination of the causes, alterations in cellular function, and remediation of emerging diseases in plants and animals from a global perspective. Includes weekly scientific papers. Prerequisite: either BIOL 350, BIOL 355, BIOL 356, or BIOL 380.
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BIOL 467 Comparative Animal Physiology (3) NW Adam P. Summers
Studies organismal function in an evolutionary context. Uses a variety of animals to highlight transitions in metabolism, muscle function, respiration, circulation, digestion, excretion, and ion regulation. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for FHL 471/BIOL 471. Prerequisite: either BIOL 220, BIOL 240, B BIO 220, or T BIOL 140.
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BIOL 468 Ecology of Animal Movement (4) NW Briana Abrahms
How organisms move in response to their environment. Key concepts at the interface of behavioral ecology, physiology and geography. Intensive introduction into the ecology and analysis of animal movements. Prerequisite: either BIOL 315, BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, BIOL 356, BIOL 423, BIOL 433/MARBIO 433, BIOL 438/ESS 448, BIOL 443, BIOL 444, BIOL 447, BIOL 469, BIOL 480, BIOL 481, ESRM 350, ESRM 351, ESRM 450, ESRM 451/Q SCI 451, ESRM 478/BIOL 424, Q SCI 482, FISH 274, or FISH 458/Q SCI 458; recommended: familiarity with R programming. Offered: Sp.
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BIOL 478 Topics in Sustainable Fisheries (3, max. 9) I&S/NW
Seminar series featuring local, national, and internationally known speakers in fisheries management and conservation. Conservation/restoration in practice. Pre-seminar discussion section focusing on select readings. Topics may include harvest management, whaling, by-catch, salmon, marine protected areas, introduced species, citizen action, co-management, and marine ethics. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 478/FISH 478.
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BIOL 481 Experimental Evolutionary Ecology (5) NW B. Kerr
Explores experimentally approachable questions in ecology and evolution through lectures, laboratory, and field experiments. Topics may include evolution of bacterial antibiotic resistance, the evolution of virulence, seed predation, plant biodiversity, and others. Prerequisite: either BIOL 180, BIOL 240, B BIO 180, or T BIOL 120. Offered: A.
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BIOL 482 Advanced Experimental Evolutionary Ecology (2-5, max. 15) NW B. KERR
Working in pairs or independently, students pursue supervised original field or laboratory research projects. Projects span three academic quarters, with project development beginning in autumn, research continuing in winter, and culminating in spring with production of a scientific paper. Prerequisite: BIOL 180, which must be taken concurrently. Offered: WSpS.
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BIOL 485 Senior Seminar in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology (1-3, max. 9) NW
Supervised readings and group discussion. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, BIOL 356, BIOC 405, BIOC 406, BIOC 440, BIOC 441, or BIOC 442.
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BIOL 492 Teaching Biology Inclusively to Diverse Audiences (3) I&S, DIV Linda E Martin-Morris
Designed to help biology students gain skills in disseminating science information to students at any level, patients, and the public. Pays special attention to making STEM education accessible to underrepresented populations. Includes hands-on practice in variety of learning strategies and teaching practices. Prerequisite: either BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, BIOL 356, or NBIO 301.
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BIOL 494 Controversies in Biology and Society (4) NW/I&S B. Buchwitz
Explorations of controversies in biology and society that benefit from a biological perspective. Topics vary from quarter to quarter, but include cases from biological research, communication, education, and policy. Prerequisite: Either BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, or BIOL 356 Offered: W.
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BIOL 495 Biology of Fermentation (3) NW Alexander R. Paredez, Justin M Kollman
Practical application of biology and chemistry in beer and winemaking. Students learn to culture yeast, ferment foods, brew beer from malted grains, and perform chemical analysis of wine must. Prerequisite: either BIOL 310, BIOL 313, BIOL 340, BIOL 350, BIOL 354, BIOL 355, BIOL 356, BIOL 360, BIOL 380, BIOC 405, BIOC 426, BIOC 440, or BIOC 450. Offered: jointly with BIOC 495; W.
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BIOL 540 Seminar in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (1-3, max. 15)
Weekly discussions of past and current scientific literature in cell, molecular, and/or developmental biology, review of the state of the field, and presentation of research results. Discussions may cover the full breadth of the discipline or focus on selected topics.
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BIOL 542 Analysis of Development (1-3, max. 15)
Analysis of structural, physiological, and molecular levels of developmental processes, including gametogenesis, fertilization, cell and tissue movements, induction, and cytodifferentiation. Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
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BIOL 564 Advanced Experimental Evolutionary Ecology (2-5, max. 15) B. KERR
Working independently or paired with an undergraduate in BIOL 482, students pursue supervised original field or laboratory research projects. Projects span three academic quarters, with project development beginning in autumn, research continuing in winter, and culminating in spring with production of a scientific paper. Prerequisite: BIOL 563, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: AWSp.
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FAQs

Is USD good for biology? ›

USD Biology Rankings

The bachelor's program at USD was ranked #437 on College Factual's Best Schools for biology list. It is also ranked #43 in California.

What can I do with a biology and society degree? ›

The major is suitable for students seeking careers in law, medicine, public health, public policy, business, research and academia.

What school is biology in Cornell? ›

The OUB is home to the biological sciences major at Cornell.

What is arts and science degree? ›

The Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) degrees are distinct degrees combining the science disciplines with studies in the humanities, social sciences, and/or fine arts.

Which UC is best for biology major? ›

The University of California Berkeley is the No. 4 school in the nation for biological sciences at the graduate level, according to the 2018 rankings by U.S. News, which places the school at No. 1 for molecular biology and ecology/evolutionary biology.

Which Cal State is best for biology? ›

5 California Colleges for Biology Majors
  1. 1. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. ...
  2. University of California, Davis. ...
  3. 3. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. ...
  4. University of California, San Diego. ...
  5. University of California, Berkeley.
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What is the highest paying biology job? ›

Biotechnology

How much can you make with a biology degree? ›

According to a report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), graduates with a Biology Bachelor's earned 57,000 USD/year on average, while Master's graduates earned 93,000 USD/year.

How do I make 6 figures with a biology degree? ›

Highest-paying biology jobs
  1. Health communications specialist. National average salary: $57,530 per year. ...
  2. Microbiologist. National average salary: $64,925 per year. ...
  3. Pharmaceutical sales representative. ...
  4. Respiratory therapist. ...
  5. Environmental scientist. ...
  6. Registered nurse. ...
  7. Physical therapist assistant. ...
  8. Genetic counselor.

Is biology a competitive major? ›

Biology majors are consistently competitive for prestigious fellowships from sources such as the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

How good is Cornell biology? ›

Ranked at #6 in College Factual's most recent rankings, Cornell is in the top 1% of the country for biology students pursuing a bachelor's degree. It is also ranked #1 in New York.
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Cornell Biology Rankings.
Ranking TypeRank
Best General Biology Bachelor's Degree Schools5
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Why is Cornell good for pre med? ›

Known for its rigorous coursework, the university is esteemed both as a member of the Ivy League and for its own merits. Cornell provides numerous opportunities for undergraduate research and unique extracurriculars, allowing premed students to develop a strong application.

Which is the best course in arts and Science? ›

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
  • Integrated Law course (B.A + L.L.B.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (B.M.M.)
  • Bachelor of Fashion Design (B.F.D.)
  • Bachelor of Hotel Management (B.H.M.)
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What courses are under College of arts and Science? ›

Departments under CAS
  • Applied Arts.
  • Biology.
  • Communication.
  • Digital Technologies.
  • Environment.
  • International Studies.
  • Psychology.
  • Social Work.

How many years study for arts and Science? ›

Duration of the courses:

The Bachelor degree of Arts or Science is of 3 years and Master degree of Arts or Science is of 2 years.

Which UC is best for pre-med? ›

Based on its reputation as a top feeder school, resources, and rankings, UC Berkeley's pre-med path is considered the best out of the UC system.

Which country is best to study biology? ›

Best countries to study biology
  • Biology in USA.
  • Biology in UK.
  • Biology in Canada.
  • Biology in New Zealand.
  • Biology in Finland.
  • Biology in Sweden.
  • Biology in Ireland.
  • Biology in Lebanon.

Which Cal State is best for pre-med? ›

The best premed colleges in California
  • University of California–Berkeley*
  • University of California–Los Angeles*
  • Pepperdine University.
  • University of Southern California.
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Pomona College.
  • University of California–Santa Barbara*
  • University of California–San Diego*
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What is the hardest Cal State to get into? ›

With a record low acceptance rate of 25% in 2019, Cal Poly SLO is by far the most competitive and most exclusive Cal State University. As a polytechnic institute, SLO specializes in science and engineering fields.

Which Cal State is easiest to get into? ›

The easiest Cal State to get into is the California State University, Los Angeles. Founded in 1947, it enrolls about 27,672 students and has an acceptance rate of 70%. Its high acceptance rate and the quantum of students admitted yearly make it the easiest CSU to get into.

Are UC better than CSU? ›

UC schools tend to have a better academic reputation than Cal State schools. When it comes to college rankings, for example, UC schools top many lists. Institutions like UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego rank among the best public universities in the country, while CSU schools tend to rank lower.

What biology jobs are in demand? ›

Five Popular Biology Careers
  • Research Technician.
  • Clinical Project Manager.
  • Conservation Scientist.
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.
  • Biomedical Engineer.

Which job is best for biology students? ›

Careers you could pursue with a biology degree include:
  • Research scientist.
  • Pharmacologist.
  • Biologist.
  • Ecologist.
  • Nature conservation officer.
  • Biotechnologist.
  • Forensic scientist.
  • Government agency roles.

Are biologists in demand? ›

Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 1,700 openings for zoologists and wildlife biologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Is biology a hard major? ›

Biology is certainly a hard major but not quite as difficult as other STEM majors such as physics or chemistry. Most students find a biology degree difficult to pursue because it has an extensive syllabus, lots of lab work, several challenging concepts, unfamiliar vocabulary, and lots of things to memorize.

Is biology a good career? ›

Biology is a good degree for undergraduates who would like to pursue medical school or earn a master's in the healthcare field. However, with so many majors available, a bachelor's in biology can open doors to various career opportunities. Biology, as a degree, is suitable for hard-working students.

How much does a PHD in biology make? ›

Doctorate (PhD), Biology Jobs by Salary
Job TitleRangeAverage
Job Title:Research ScientistRange:$59k - $122kAverage:$86,396
Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher EducationRange:$65k - $132k (Estimated *)Average:$90,963
Clinical Research ScientistRange:$68k - $173k (Estimated *)Average:$111,461
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Do biologists get paid well? ›

Yes, biologists get paid well.

The average salary for a biologist in the United States is around $69,000 in a year. The bottom 10% of biologists may only make $40,000 a year in the role; however, the top 10% of biologists make over $120,000 in a year.

Is a Masters in biology worth it? ›

Committing to a master's in biology program can feel like a big commitment given the cost and time it takes to complete a program. However, obtaining a master's in biology is more than worth it and the degree can open up new opportunities for you in the form of new careers and higher salaries.

Can you make a living with a biology degree? ›

With additional education, you can use your biology degree to become a nurse, physician, veterinarian, engineer, or senior scientist. An advanced degree in biology can allow you to teach biology at a university or become a senior level manager or researcher at a pharmaceutical, environmental, or biotech firm.

Why should I study biology in USA? ›

Earning a biology degree allows graduates to do research for universities, government agencies, or private companies in medical, environmental, and other industries — and there are many other career paths for biology majors, too. Read on to learn more about studying biology in the US.

What is an expert in biology called? ›

A biologist is a scientist who focuses on living organisms, including plants and animals.

What will you study in biology? ›

In general, biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms.” Biology is one of the big subjects that form the building blocks of everything we understand when it comes to natural science, along with chemistry and physics.

What is studying biology in college like? ›

A biology major studies the role of living organisms, their function and characteristics. In this major, students use an integrative approach, blending time in the classroom with time in a research laboratory.

Is a biology degree hard? ›

Biology is certainly a hard major but not quite as difficult as other STEM majors such as physics or chemistry. Most students find a biology degree difficult to pursue because it has an extensive syllabus, lots of lab work, several challenging concepts, unfamiliar vocabulary, and lots of things to memorize.

How many years is a biology degree? ›

A bachelor's in biology is a four-year degree that prepares graduates for entry-level jobs in careers such as zoologist, wildlife biologist, biological technician, and microbiologist.

Is biology hard in college? ›

Broadly speaking, biology is a comparatively simple science major to get into without a huge amount of training or expertise in the subject. One advantage students and professors will point out is that there is less complex mathematics to do in biology compared to your average science class in another subject.

What is a biologist salary? ›

How Much Do Biologist Jobs Pay per Month?
Annual SalaryMonthly Pay
Top Earners$89,500$7,458
75th Percentile$68,500$5,708
Average$57,842$4,820
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500

Is a biologist a doctor? ›

A clinical biologist is a health professional such as a doctor of medicine, pharmacist, chemist or biologist that is specialized in clinical biology, a medical specialty derived from clinical pathology. The concept includes interventional biology, including assisted reproductive technology.

What are the four types of biologists? ›

There are seven of the most widely-encountered types of biologists:
  • Forensic biologist.
  • Microbiologist.
  • Marine biologist.
  • Wildlife biologist.
  • Ecologist.
  • Biological engineer.
  • Biostatistician.
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Is biology a good career? ›

The average salary for people with a biology degree is around $70,000 — $10,000 more than the median household income in the U.S. However, biology degrees — like the STEM designation itself — are incredibly diverse, and your earning potential may vary widely depending on what you choose to do with your degree.

What is the highest paying biology job? ›

Biotechnology

Why is college biology so hard? ›

Biology and Biology majors are hard because of the vast amount of information required to learn but also involve a lot of unfamiliar concepts (some of which are difficult) and require mastering an unfamiliar vocabulary (which is true of any science).

How can I easily pass biology? ›

Study Strategies for Biology
  1. Make learning a daily routine.
  2. Flesh out notes in 24-48 hour cycle. “ ...
  3. Study to understand, not just to memorize words.
  4. Learn individual concepts before integrating it together.
  5. Use active study methods.​
  6. You need to test yourself frequently to truly gauge how much you comprehend.

How do I prepare for a biology exam? ›

Below are some excellent tips to help you learn how to study for biology exams.
  1. Get Organized. An important key to success in biology is organization. ...
  2. Start Studying Early. ...
  3. Review the Textbook and Lecture Notes. ...
  4. Get Answers To Your Questions. ...
  5. Quiz Yourself. ...
  6. Relax. ...
  7. Take An AP Biology Course.
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