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A Bachelor's Degree in Biology - Career Options

Our programs prepare students for a variety of career opportunities. Some students choose careers in the pharmaceutical or biotech industries, while others opt for graduate study in areas such as bioinformatics, forensics, or cell biology. In addition, a biology major is an excellent choice for students planning careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and other health professions.

The bachelor of science in biology curriculum fulfills the admissions requirements for most medical schools  and dental schools and incorporates intermediate and upper-level biology courses specifically recommended by medical/dental school admissions officers. Those who wish to follow the pre-med track have the option to pursue the bachelor of science in biology with the cellular and molecular basis of health and disease emphasis, and those pursuing the pre-dental track may earn a bachelor of science in biology with a pre-dentistry concentration.Those who are interested in a career as a clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist may choose to pursue the bachelor of science in biology with the CLS/medical technology option.