A degree in biological sciences

Students can expect to gain knowledge across multiple science disciplines with the bachelor of science in biological sciences including chemistry, physics, and math/statistics. Students completing the bachelor of arts will also gain knowledge in chemistry and math/statistics and can focus elective credits to an additional area of interest or a minor.

While completing a degree in biological sciences students will have an option to receive credit from conducting research on campus with a faculty member to build experience for a professional research career or to move forward into an advanced degree.

 

Transferable skills

A biological sciences degree offers:

  • Science – using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical thinking – using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading comprehension – understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active listening – giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex problem solving – identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Deductive reasoning – the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive reasoning – the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

Some careers in biological sciences

CareerMedian SalaryMarket Growth
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$75,32014%
Biological Technicians$41,6505 – 8%
Natural Sciences Managers$120,1602 – 4% 
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists$59,6802 – 4% 
Molecular and Cellular Biologists$75,150-1%-1%
Genetics$75,150-1%-1%


Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

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Graduate study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • M.A./M.S./Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, or other science graduate studies
  • Medical/dental school
  • Allied Health programs such as pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, optometry, etc.

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Notable people with a biological sciences major

  • Barbara Ross-Lee (Osteopathic physician, first African American Dean of a U.S. medical school, WSU graduate, sister of Diana Ross of The Supremes)
  • Dexter Holland (Lead Singer of Offspring has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Molecular Biology)
  • Millie Hughes (Fulford- Molecular Biologist flew on a NASA mission)
  • Christine Poon (Vice Chair of Johnson Johnson, Fortune 500 company)
  • Lisa Kudrow (Actress from the hit sitcom, Friends)

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More on careers in biology

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Internship opportunities

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Job boards on professional association websites 

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