Biology, B.S.

Biology is a broad field that extends from the study of the inner-workings of a cell to the interactions between organisms and their environment.

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What Will I Learn?

In the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, you will:

  • Analyze and compose scientific research effectively through oral and in written methods, including the ability to prepare scientific papers, posters and short oral presentations in standard scientific format
  • Be able to apply fundamental understanding of biological systems and processes at all levels (molecules to ecosystems)
  • Engage in and explain experiential or service learning, including research, internships, shadowing, service, community involvement, and/or leadership activities

You will receive a strong core in biology, you will also take a number of courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

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Meet Rosalia Cappadora '20

"The Biology Department is full of very knowledgeable professors. You will be challenged and helped every step of the way."

How Rosalia Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Positions exist in health and clinical health fields, along with environmental opportunities with agencies or the private sector.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Expect to find success because of:

  • Close proximity to many federal and state research labs, state forests and parks, and medical institutions for unique class visits and research or internship opportunities
  • Charter membership of the Marine Science Consortium located at Wallops Island, Virginia, which leads to great opportunities for oceanographic study and research opportunities
  • Small class sizes and personalized attention from highly qualified professors

We have laboratories containing a variety of computers and sophisticated instrumentation such as:

  • Scanning electron microscope
  • DNA sequencer
  • Molecular imaging system
  • Fluorescent microscope
  • Microplate readers
  • Refrigerated centrifuges
  • Micro-video systems
  • Automated autoclave

Environmental chambers, a pond, a thriving greenhouse, herbarium, animal care facility and a vertebrate museum add to the variety of educational experiences.

You may choose to get involved in student groups like the Biology Club, Health Sciences Club or Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.