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Biology: BA,BS

Department: Biology Department
College: College of Science

Biology is the study of living organisms and life, and their origin, structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. There are many specialty areas that students can major in within biology. Biologists can find careers in research, healthcare, teaching, science writing, administration and management, government, and industry. Studying biology teaches students to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems.

The Biology Department offers courses that fulfill the majority of graduate program prerequisites for students hoping to go  on to health professions careers following their undergraduate degree. Students who receive health professions advising from USU can be in any major.USU medical school and dental school applicants have a consistently high acceptance rate. USU’s health profession students have the opportunity to receive advanced education in human anatomy and physiology, and the human dissection course offered by the department gives students hands-on preparation not available at most other universities.

Biology majors at USU have the unique opportunity to work with faculty mentors on research projects. Faculty is also involved in multiple USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) groups and in national and international collaborative research efforts.

Students will receive a BS by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Emphases (students must choose an emphasis)

  • Biology - Students conduct research in a variety of different topics, such as botany, entomology, biotechnology, synthetic biology, neurobiology, physiology, toxicology, microbiology, virology, etc.
  • Cellular/Molecular - Study the macromolecules essential to life, like nucleic acids and proteins, as you also learn all about cellular and developmental biology.
  • Ecology/Biodiversity - Focus your biology degree on the interactions between organisms and their environments and all the varieties of life on earth.
  • Environmental - Explore how plants and animals interact with and are influenced by their environments.
  • Human Biology - The Human Biology Emphasis is designed to fulfill the academic course requirements for entrance to most medical or dental schools in the United States and Canada.

Most biology majors continue on to graduate or professional schools and pursue the following careers:

  • Professor at a college and university biology
  • Genetic councilor
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical technologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Research scientist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Physiologist

Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology can puruse the following careers:

  • Research and development for pharmaceutical companies
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Environmental educator
  • Research technician

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.

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Locations Offered

Roosevelt (Uintah Basin) Vernal (Uintah Basin)