Choosing a College Major: Biology
What is a Biologist?
First, let's establish the definition of a biologist. Biologists study the natural world and the organisms within it. Among the concerns of a biologist are the vital processes, structures, interactions, and evolution of organisms. A biologist might study specimens in a laboratory, engage in field work in the natural world, or he or she might even teach classes at a university.
What Courses Will I Study for a Biology Degree?
Biology, like any science degree, requires the completion of a more a rigorous set of courses than those taken by Bachelor of Arts majors. Prepare to take many biology courses and basic physics, chemistry, calculus and statistics courses.
What Can I Do With a Bachelor of Science in Biology?
Provided below is a non-exhaustive list of jobs available for those with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Note that you will need to return to school for a Masters degree and a Ph.D. for more advanced opportunities.
- lab technician
- lab technologist
- manager, executive, administrator
- marketing and sales
With a Bachelor's degree, you may also opt to enter medical, dental, veterinary, or another health profession school.
How Much Money Will I Make With a Biology Degree?
The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported in 2009 that beginning salaries averaged $33,254 a year for those who held bachelor's degrees in biology.