Biology

Are you interested in the study of life, ranging from molecules to ecosystems, with applications in medicine, conservation, teaching, and more?
The School of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences program. The degree provides a broad foundation in biology and underlying disciplines with a flexible curriculum that allows students to select among five concentrations of study, including Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Coastal Ecology, Biology/Secondary Education, and General Biology.
 
One of the unique aspects of this program is the abundance of opportunities for experiential learning in the form of internships and service-learning projects with community partners and undergraduate research with faculty mentors. Through these experiences, students apply and extend their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom to the research lab, the estuary, the clinic, or the K-12 classroom. Many students present their work at the annual Coastal Science Symposium, the Service-Learning Symposium, SOURCE, or regional/national conferences.
 
Biological Sciences alumni have succeeded in professional and graduate programs including, but not limited to, medical school, veterinary school, public health, integrative life sciences, marine sciences, and entomology. They have also been employed by a variety of private sector firms, state and federal agencies, and local school systems.

 

SEA-PHAGES

The Science Education Alliance - Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science - is a two-semester, discovery-based, undergraduate research program. Students can participate in one or both courses.

The program is administered by the University of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Bacteriophages ("phages") are viruses that infect and replicate within bacteria and archaea, ultimately killing their host bacteria. They are target-specific and can attack host bacteria without harming the human body. The use of phages can be an effective tool to combat bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Bacteriophage exists abundantly in the soil, which is where students start in the first part of the course.

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Concentrations in Biological Science