If you want to do more than just live life, become a biologist and study it.

Biologists have exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as medicine, biotechnology, and environmental conservation and management. Biologists study living things to understand how they function, survive, and evolve. They may study bacteria and viruses that threaten human health or larger organisms such as red-spotted newts or brown bears. Whatever the scale, biological research increases our understanding of health and wellness and the threats to our environment.

You will learn how life works by asking questions, making observations, and evaluating evidence. Besides lectures, your classes will include hands-on activities in the laboratory and outdoors. Because of our location, you will have unique outdoor learning opportunities. We have an ongoing research project with our environmental studies program in the Allegheny National Forest.

Some of your college credits may come from internships: You can shadow local doctors or conduct undergraduate research with a faculty mentor.

With your biology degree, you could become a physician or a veterinarian. A research biologist, a biotechnology patent attorney or a high school science teacher. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Future doctors may streamline their acceptance into medical school via our Freshman Guarantee at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Future doctors, dentists, and optometrists may be able to save a year of study and tuition by enrolling in our special 3 + 4 programs with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pitt's Dental School, or the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Biologists have exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as medicine, biotechnology, ecological conservation, and environmental management. Biologists study living things to understand how they function, survive, and evolve. They may study bacteria and viruses that threaten human health, and/or larger organisms such as red-spotted newts or brown bears. Whatever the scale, biological research increases our understanding of health and wellness and the threats to our environment. Biology majors at Pitt-Bradford take courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, Chemistry, Biodiversity, and Physics. Students learn how life works by asking questions, making observations, and evaluating evidence. Besides lectures, biology majors take classes that include hands-on activities in the laboratory and outdoors.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to Work Independently
  • Analytical and Quantitative Skills
  • Knowledge of Biology Theory
  • Innovative talent
  • Ability to Operate Scientific Equipment
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Proficiency in Written Communication
  • Research Capabilities
  • Ability to Work in Teams

Course Requirements for the Major

  • INTRO TO BIODIVERSITY
  • INTRODUCTION TO CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
  • PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
  • GENETICS
  • CAPSTONE: BIOLOGY
  • GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
  • GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
  • ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
  • ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB
  • PRECALCULUS or APPLIED CALCULUS or CALCULUS I
  • INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I, CONCEPTS OF MODERN PHYSICS or FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS I
  • Upper-Level Biology Electives-16 credits total (two courses of which must include a lab). A maximum of 2 credits may be taken as BIOL 1499 Internship.

Total Credits for Major: 57-60

Additional Information:

If you're interested in applying to schools of chiropractic, dentistry/dental medicine, medicine, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine, you need to complete one year of Organic Chemistry with labs (CHEM 0206, 0207, 0208, and 0209); one year of General Physics with labs (PHYS 0101 and 0102 or 0201, 0202, 0203, and 0204); and one semester of Calculus (Math 0140).

Program taught in:
English

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