Biology Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (2022)

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It is more than studying cells in the human body. Biology at the University of St. Thomas explores a range of topics within the discipline such as genetics, global health and sustainability. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and versatile skills needed for numerous professional fields throughout your undergraduate career in our degree program.

Why Study Biology at St. Thomas?

We are a professionally engaged community that will equip you to find your passion, embark on a meaningful career and become a scientifically literate citizen through authentic experiences. You will complete courses at all levels emphasizing two fundamental concepts: mastering essential material of each discipline and developing intellectual skills needed to do science. You will leave St. Thomas ready for careers in academia, agriculture, bioinformatics, biotechnology, conservation biology, environmental science, medicine, dentistry and more.

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A Different Approach to Biology

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  • Four-Year Plan
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  • Course Requirements

    Your degree requirements will vary depending on whether you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. No matter what path you choose, you will complete courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math and statistics throughout your four years, gaining versatile knowledge and practical skills. If you pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, you will complete additional credits in areas such as psychology, computer science and engineering.

    Four-Year Plan

    We divide our program into three levels while increasing emphasis on independent work as you progress in your undergraduate career. You start by completing 24 credits of foundational biology and chemistry courses during your first two years, proceeding to advanced courses in biology during your junior and senior years. Your college career culminates with a capstone course involving independent research during your senior year.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Biology
    • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
    • Minor in Biology

    Outside the Classroom

    “All for the common good.” We live the university’s mission in our program with a variety of courses with service learning components. We also encourage students to pursue other opportunities outside of the classroom like collaborative research with professors.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Your degree requirements will vary depending on whether you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. No matter what path you choose, you will complete courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math and statistics throughout your four years, gaining versatile knowledge and practical skills. If you pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, you will complete additional credits in areas such as psychology, computer science and engineering.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We divide our program into three levels while increasing emphasis on independent work as you progress in your undergraduate career. You start by completing 24 credits of foundational biology and chemistry courses during your first two years, proceeding to advanced courses in biology during your junior and senior years. Your college career culminates with a capstone course involving independent research during your senior year.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Biology
    • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
    • Minor in Biology

    Outside the Classroom

    Outside the Classroom

    “All for the common good.” We live the university’s mission in our program with a variety of courses with service learning components. We also encourage students to pursue other opportunities outside of the classroom like collaborative research with professors.

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    Changing the World

    Faculty will teach and mentor you. Alumni will help you connect with the world outside of St. Thomas. Your peers? They will push you to make a difference in the world in your classes and research.

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    Dr. Chip Small

    Dr. Small teaches a variety of courses with topics ranging from environmental problem solving to urban ecosystem ecology. His research interests include how humans alter biogeochemical cycles, the fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems, applying ecosystem ecology to sustainability science and communicating scientific information to the public.

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    Cassie Clark

    Cassie is pursuing her PhD in environmental health sciences at the Yale University School of Public Health. She had extensive research experience while at St. Thomas which ultimately led to her pursuing an advanced degree in the field. She is interested in the environmental, socio-behavioral and human health effects of unconventional oil and gas development in rural communities. Her work primarily focuses on assessing potential health effects of contaminated drinking water on humans.

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    Robel Ponds

    Robel founded Praxis, an organization committed to powering neighborhood communities in Eritrea with solar solutions involving local, recycled and non-recycled metals. He established Praxis as a means for bringing solar panel lighting for communities living in the dark. He plans to have Praxis partner with Akon, a company with a similar vision.

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    Career Paths

    Our innovative curriculum will give you the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to be successful in multiple fields.

    • Zoologist
    • Medical doctor
    • Doctor of pharmacy
    • Conservation biologist
    • Bioinformatics specialist
    • Natural resource manager
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    Scholarships

  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship
  • James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship
  • Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship
  • Healthcare Fund
  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship

    St. Thomas offers two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.

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    James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship

    James Jagodzinski ’53 graduated with his degree in biology and started a successful scientific instrument business. He created this scholarship fund for students pursuing a biology major with hopes of attending graduate school for a career in the life sciences. We award a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition at St. Thomas.

    Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship

    Germann was a long-time faculty member and chair of the biology program at St. Thomas. We award this scholarship in his honor to sophomore or junior biology majors who demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding participation in biology. We award up to six scholarships each year with the amounts ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

    Healthcare Fund

    We award this scholarship to students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative 3.1 GPA or higher are eligible. They will demonstrate financial need, a commitment to community service and be of the Catholic faith.

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship

    St. Thomas offers two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.

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    James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship

    James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship

    James Jagodzinski ’53 graduated with his degree in biology and started a successful scientific instrument business. He created this scholarship fund for students pursuing a biology major with hopes of attending graduate school for a career in the life sciences. We award a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition at St. Thomas.

    Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship

    Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship

    Germann was a long-time faculty member and chair of the biology program at St. Thomas. We award this scholarship in his honor to sophomore or junior biology majors who demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding participation in biology. We award up to six scholarships each year with the amounts ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

    Healthcare Fund

    Healthcare Fund

    We award this scholarship to students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative 3.1 GPA or higher are eligible. They will demonstrate financial need, a commitment to community service and be of the Catholic faith.

    Make an Impact

    Our program not only gives you the academic knowledge to be successful in the classroom, but also practical skills to prepare you for life after St. Thomas in a diverse array of industries.

    Collaborative Research

    Opportunities to do research as an undergraduate are scarce at many colleges and universities. But not here! In fact, we encourage you to collaborate with faculty on impactful research.

    Study Abroad

    We offer a variety of study abroad courses discussing numerous topics like environmental sustainability.

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    Array of Courses

    We have over 40 biology courses to choose from at St. Thomas.

    Faculty with Real Experience

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    Dr. Afshan Ismat

    Dr. Ismat researches developmental and cancer biology in human.

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    Dr. Jerry Husak

    Dr. Husak focuses his research on the study of evolution and ecophysiology.

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    Dr. Kerri Carlson

    Dr. Carlson explores genetics and disease in her courses and research.

    All Biology Faculty

    See the World

    We encourage you to get out of the classroom and explore the world around you. Whether you stay in the Twin Cities and conduct powerful research or expand your horizons with a study abroad program, we have the resources you need for success.

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    Collaborate on Impactful Research

    Do you want to make an impact? Pair up with a professor and conduct research focusing on a diverse array of areas within the biological sciences. Faculty are always eager to connect with students about their research interests.

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    Broaden Your Horizons

    We want you to get out and explore during your undergraduate career at St. Thomas. We offer study abroad courses in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Croatia, New Zealand and Botswana.

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    Make a Difference

    Make a difference locally through our program. You can collaborate with community leaders to address issues like food insecurity in the Twin Cities and beyond.

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    Address Global Issues

    Conduct research abroad, like Lily Ward who traveled to Croatia to participate in a joint environmental science project between St. Thomas and the University of Zagreb.

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    A Broad Experience

    Biology students at St. Thomas explore a wide range of topics within the discipline throughout their undergraduate careers. With opportunities to study abroad, conduct research and collaborate with community leaders, they build a valuable skill set applicable to multiple industries.

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    Biology Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (14)There is more to learn about St. Thomas; including our ranking as a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report, the many classroom and extracurricular activities that will be part of your student experience and so much more. Schedule a visit to see our beautiful campus or start your application today.

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    Related Majors and Minors

    You have passions, and our program pairs well with others at St. Thomas to allow you to pursue your interests.

    Minors

    • Public Health
    • Statistics
    • Social Work
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    FAQs

    Is biology BS or BA better? ›

    If you want to attend graduate school to study biology, experiment with materials as a research scientist or biochemist, or advance to a medical, dental, or veterinary program, a BS is likely the right choice. A BA can lead to more “public-facing” roles in biology.

    What is the difference between biology BA and biology BS? ›

    major. The Biological Sciences B.S. degree is more oriented toward science and math courses, with fewer General Education requirements. The Biological Sciences B.A. degree allows students to pursue a typical liberal arts education while still receiving excellent training in biology.

    What can you do with a bachelors of Arts in biology? ›

    What Can You Do With a Bachelor's in Biology?
    • Biological Technician.
    • Biochemist.
    • Health Communications Specialist.
    • Biology Teacher.
    • Pharmaceutical Sales.
    • Agricultural and Food Scientist.
    • Microbiologist.
    • Environmental Scientist.
    7 Dec 2018

    Is Bachelor of Science in biology hard? ›

    Biology is certainly a hard major but not quite as difficult as other STEM majors such as physics or chemistry. Most students find a biology degree difficult to pursue because it has an extensive syllabus, lots of lab work, several challenging concepts, unfamiliar vocabulary, and lots of things to memorize.

    Can I go to med school with a BA in biology? ›

    These courses typically include biology, chemistry, physics, math, statistics, and English. This means that a student of any major can apply to medical school as long as these required courses are completed. In other words, whether you major in biology, math, economics, history, or art, you can apply to medical school.

    Does BS vs BA matter for med school? ›

    Ultimately, a BA student is still a strong competitor against a BS student when applying to med school. While students pursuing a BA lack the medical specialization that comes with a BS degree, this can be countered with the additional electives, majors, or minors BA students can pursue during undergrad.

    Can you get into med school with a Bachelor of Arts? ›

    Medical school requirements: Education and Course Prerequisites. Most medical schools in the US require the completion of a bachelor's degree before students are eligible to apply to medical school.

    Is Bachelor of Science a good degree? ›

    A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is a four-year undergraduate degree offered by many universities and colleges in various subjects. A BS degree is often a requirement for some of the most in-demand and competitive jobs, and earning one can open doors to all sorts of careers and further study options.

    What is a bachelors in biology called? ›

    A bachelor's degree in biology typically takes four years to complete. Some colleges and universities offer both bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BS) degrees in biology. A BA in biology includes more liberal arts coursework, with less of an emphasis on laboratory work and mathematics.

    Can you become a doctor with a degree in biology? ›

    Biology is one of the most common majors for those who want to pursue a medical career, especially aspiring physicians and surgeons. According to the BLS, 48.7 percent of all physicians and surgeons employed in 2015 chose biology as their undergraduate major [1].

    What is the highest paying biology job? ›

    Highest-paying biology jobs
    • Biochemist. ...
    • Medical and health services manager. ...
    • Pharmacist. ...
    • Veterinarian. ...
    • Physician assistant. National average salary: $105,627 per year. ...
    • Oncologist. National average salary: $192,522 per year. ...
    • Dentist. National average salary: $196,417 per year. ...
    • Physician. National average salary: $202,387 per year.

    What is the easiest Science degree? ›

    Psychology

    Psychology is commonly thought of as the easiest of the science majors thanks to its relative lack of complex math, although psych majors can still expect to do a fair amount of statistical analysis on their way to a degree.

    Which is harder biology or chemistry? ›

    Chemistry is more difficult than Biology because it requires critical thinking to solve complex problems. Chemistry is also more difficult than Biology because it requires more math and calculations to explain solutions to problems.

    Is BS biology a good career? ›

    Salary level is also good since our expertise is fundamental science. If you don't want to pursue Medicine, this course is still best for other future jobs. You can work in the laboratory, science research, forensic science, food science, marine biology, pharmacy, etc.

    Do you need biology to become a doctor? ›

    chemistry, biology and either maths or physics (or both) will keep all the medical schools open to you. if you don't take maths or physics but do take chemistry and biology, it will keep open the vast majority.

    Can I study medicine without biology? ›

    If you don't take A-Level Biology, around 19 Med Schools say they will consider you with Chemistry plus Physics or Maths as a second subject. For around 16 Med Schools, A-Level Chemistry isn't an absolutely essential requirement and they will consider you with Biology plus another science subject or Maths.

    Which Bachelor degree is best for medical school? ›

    10 undergraduate majors that help you prepare for medical school
    1. Pre-medicine. Pre-medicine undergraduate degree programs help students prepare specifically for medical school. ...
    2. Biology. ...
    3. Biochemistry. ...
    4. Exercise science. ...
    5. Public health. ...
    6. Health sciences. ...
    7. Foreign language. ...
    8. Nursing.

    What degree do I need to get into med school? ›

    BS-MD program.

    This highly selective program allows incoming college freshman to receive a guaranteed seat in medical school upon completion of their bachelor's degree. BS-MD programs differ across the county, so be sure to see what the requirements are at each school.

    Why is it called a Bachelor of Arts? ›

    Bachelor of arts (BA or AB; from the Latin baccalaureus artium, baccalaureus in artibus, or artium baccalaureus) is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate program in the arts, or, in some cases, other disciplines.

    Is biology a good pre med major? ›

    Biology or chemistry would be a great choice. You'll also want to ensure that you regularly communicate with your pre-med advisor about your course load. Your advisor will help you stay on track with medical school requirements and make sure you properly plan which courses to take before you sit for the MCAT.

    What grades do you need to study medicine? ›

    All potential medical students know that you need very high grades to study Medicine. In fact, the majority of medical schools require AAA grades at A level for students to be considered. This needs to include Chemistry and/or Biology.

    Can I become a doctor without physics and chemistry? ›

    The simple answer is no. Becoming a doctor demands chemistry, biology, anatomy, chemistry, and math.

    What can I do after Bachelor of Science? ›

    A Bachelor of Science degree can lead to many careers
    1. Environmental scientist.
    2. Pharmacist.
    3. Data analyst.
    4. Energy manager.
    5. Exploration geologist.
    6. Lab supervisor.
    7. Respiratory specialist.
    8. Chemist.

    Which science degree is best? ›

    Here are 20 of the most sought-after and potentially lucrative science-related degrees available:
    1. Computer science and mathematics. ...
    2. Petroleum engineering. ...
    3. Management science. ...
    4. Computer engineering. ...
    5. Biological sciences. ...
    6. Biological and physical sciences. ...
    7. Biochemistry. ...
    8. Statistical science.

    What are the 5 subjects in BSc? ›

    The traditional BSc courses include subjects like PCM, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, zoology, statistics and home science to name a few.

    How many years is a biology degree? ›

    A bachelor's in biology is a four-year degree that prepares graduates for entry-level jobs in careers such as zoologist, wildlife biologist, biological technician, and microbiologist.

    How many years does it take to get a master's degree in biology? ›

    Earning your master's in biology takes about two years, depending on how many classes you take each semester and whether you do a thesis. If you decide to work while you're going to school part time, the time it takes to complete your biology master's program may extend to three or more years.

    How much can you make with a biology degree? ›

    The national average salary for a biology major in the U.S. is $41,559 annually or $19.98 hourly. There is a huge gap between the top 10 percent earners and the bottom 10 percent earners -- about $62,000.

    Is biology hard in college? ›

    Broadly speaking, biology is a comparatively simple science major to get into without a huge amount of training or expertise in the subject. One advantage students and professors will point out is that there is less complex mathematics to do in biology compared to your average science class in another subject.

    Which is the highest degree in Doctor? ›

    A Doctor of Medicine (MD) is the highest degree for physicians and surgeons.

    Are biologists doctors? ›

    A clinical biologist is a health professional such as a doctor of medicine, pharmacist, chemist or biologist that is specialized in clinical biology, a medical specialty derived from clinical pathology. The concept includes interventional biology, including assisted reproductive technology.

    Which biology field is best? ›

    Best Biology Career Options & Potential Employment Areas:
    • Agricultural Research Services.
    • Biotechnology Firms.
    • Botanical Gardens.
    • Botanical Survey.
    • Broadcast Companies.
    • Clinical Research Organizations.
    • Colleges/Universities.
    • Conservatories.
    29 Nov 2019

    What biology jobs are in demand? ›

    Five Popular Biology Careers
    • Research Technician.
    • Clinical Project Manager.
    • Conservation Scientist.
    • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.
    • Biomedical Engineer.

    Where can biology degree take you? ›

    Job options
    • Academic researcher.
    • Biotechnologist.
    • Higher education lecturer.
    • Marine biologist.
    • Microbiologist.
    • Nanotechnologist.
    • Nature conservation officer.
    • Pharmacologist.

    Is BS biology a pre-med? ›

    Is biology a good major for pre-med? Yes, biology is a great major for pre-med. Biology is the study of life and all living organisms. By looking into the chemical makeup of humans, animals, plants and all environments, biology majors will be prepared for a graduate degree or career in medicine.

    Is a BS or BA better for PA school? ›

    The undergraduate degree you choose is entirely up to you. All that PA schools require is that you earn a bachelor's degree. While there is no such thing as the “right” major to get into PA school, some programs will have certain prerequisites that they require their applicants to complete.

    Which is better BS Psychology or BA Psychology? ›

    A BA opens up opportunities in fields like criminal justice and social work while a BS prepares learners for more research-based, clinical professions. Many psychology bachelor's degrees prepare students for specialized careers in subsets of the field, including organizational psychology and forensic psychology.

    What's the easiest degree to get? ›

    The 16 Easiest College Majors – 2022 Rankings
    • Psychology.
    • Criminal Justice.
    • English.
    • Education.
    • Religious Studies.
    • Social Work.
    • Sociology.
    • Communications.
    11 Sept 2022

    Can a biology student become a Doctor? ›

    Biology is one of the most common majors for those who want to pursue a medical career, especially aspiring physicians and surgeons. According to the BLS, 48.7 percent of all physicians and surgeons employed in 2015 chose biology as their undergraduate major [1].

    Is BS biology a good career? ›

    While challenging, biology degrees lead to diverse career paths and graduate school options. Many biology majors become doctors; others pursue education or environmental careers. Higher-paying and specialized careers will require an advanced degree in a biology subfield.

    Can I study medicine with a biology degree? ›

    Research is one of the most exciting areas graduates can go into with a medical biology degree. As a medical researcher, you will be contributing to the field of medicine positively, by arming the healthcare industry with much-needed insight into different drugs and treatments.

    What bachelor's degree is best for PA school? ›

    While graduate PA programs require that you earn a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment, the type of bachelor's is mostly up to you. According to the latest Student Report, the most common degree major for those who are accepted to PA school is biology (41.5%), followed by health sciences (14.8%).

    What bachelor degree do I need for physician assistant? ›

    Most aspiring PAs begin by pursuing bachelor's degrees in health care or one of the sciences, though a few universities offer pre-PA programs at the undergraduate level. Other students enroll in physician assistant education programs with bachelor's degrees in non-health-related fields.

    How difficult is PA school? ›

    Getting accepted to PA programs is not easy. According to the latest data, the overall PA school acceptance rate in the United States is 31.6%, compared with about 40% acceptance rate for medical schools.

    Is psychologist a doctor? ›

    Psychiatrists are medical doctors, psychologists are not. Psychiatrists prescribe medication, psychologists can't. Psychiatrists diagnose illness, manage treatment and provide a range of therapies for complex and serious mental illness. Psychologists focus on providing psychotherapy (talk therapy) to help patients.

    Why is it called a Bachelor of Arts? ›

    Bachelor of arts (BA or AB; from the Latin baccalaureus artium, baccalaureus in artibus, or artium baccalaureus) is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate program in the arts, or, in some cases, other disciplines.

    What is a Bachelor's degree in biology? ›

    Bachelor of Biology Degree

    A BS program in biology emphasizes research — ideal for individuals pursuing medical programs. A bachelor's degree in biology includes classes in fundamentals of the discipline, followed by work within specific branches of the field.

    What is the hardest Bachelor degree? ›

    Introducing the 13 Hardest College Majors
    • #8: Biochemistry or Biophysics. ...
    • #7: Astronomy. ...
    • #6: Physics. ...
    • #5: Cell and Molecular Biology. ...
    • #4: Biomedical Engineering. ...
    • #3: Aero and Astronautical Engineering. ...
    • #2: Chemical Engineering. ...
    • #1: Architecture. Average Hours Spent Preparing for Class Each Week: 22.20.
    10 Feb 2021

    What is the world's hardest degree? ›

    What are the hardest degree subjects? The hardest degree subjects are Chemistry, Medicine, Architecture, Physics, Biomedical Science, Law, Neuroscience, Fine Arts, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Education, Computer Science and Philosophy.

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