Biology is the scientific study of life: the diversity and organization of organisms, from single-celled bacteria to multi-cellular plants and animals, including humans. These different levels of biological organization range from the molecules and cells that compose an organism, to the interacting organisms that make up an ecosystem. Hands-on experiences, from designing and conducting lab experiments to making field observations, play an important role in gaining biological knowledge.
Research in biology provides many benefits. Faculty in the Department of Biology at Penn State are exploring ways to cure neurological diseases, conserve coral populations in tropical oceans, use plants for food and bioenergy, and treat infectious diseases, along with investigating many other facets of their field.
Graduates of the Biology program will find an array of opportunities in:
- health care
- pharmaceutical sales
- genetic counseling
- medical illustration
- graduate study in medicine or dentistry
You might like this program if ...
- You are interested in learning about aspects of the biology of organisms that live on Earth.
- You enjoy a dynamic field of study, with new discoveries being made every day.
- You are interested in hands-on experiences, including courses with integrated laboratories, and in conducting research with faculty.
- You plan to pursue a career in biology research, education, or outreach, or attend professional school in areas including medicine and dentistry.