Biology encompasses all of the processes and patterns that characterize living cell, organisms, and ecosystems. Building on recent advances in the molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological disciplines, modern biological science offers students a rich framework that can launch a career with a wide variety of skills for discoveries within cells, organ systems, species, and even ecosystems in which we live. 


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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

You'll start with foundation courses in biology, math, chemistry, and liberal arts and then immerse yourself in the biological sciences, studying animals, micro-organisms, and plants at the level of molecules, cells, tissues, organisms, populations, and the environment. You will acquire a comprehensive set of practical skills, from the proper way  to prepare cultures in the lab to the proper way to gather and analyze ecological data in the field.

Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged and strengthens your preparation for graduate study or employment. Students are encouraged to undertake research projects alongside faculty.

You also have the option to pursue co-operative education placement in research, lab support, or data analysis in private businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organiztions. RIT biology students have worked for hospitals, wildlife centers, veterinary clinics, food companies, and pharmaceutical firms. To learn more or review co-op position openings, visit the RIT Office for Cooperative Education and Career Services.

Biological scientists study living organisms and their relationship to their environment. They research problems dealing with life processes and living organisms. Most specialize in some area of biology such as zoology (the study of animals) or microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms).

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

A master’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in basic research, applied research or product development, management, or inspection; it may also qualify one to work as a research technician. The bachelor’s degree is adequate for some non-research jobs. For example, some graduates with a bachelor’s degree start as biological scientists in testing and inspection, or get jobs related to biological science, such as technical sales or service representatives. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree are often able to work in a laboratory environment, in some cases, on their own projects. Some may work as research assistants/associates, while others become biological laboratory technicians or, with additional courses in education, high school biology teachers. Also many with a bachelor’s degree in biology enter medical, dental, veterinary, podiatry, chiropractic, or other health profession schools.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job growth is projected to grow faster than average between now and 2018. The federal government funds much basic research and development, including many areas of medical research that relate to biological science. Recent budget increases at the National Institutes of Health have led to large increases in federal basic research and development expenditures, with research grants growing both in number and in dollar amount. At the same time, the number of newly trained scientists has continued to increase at least as fast as available research funds, so both new and established scientists have experienced difficulty winning and renewing research grants. If the number of advanced degrees awarded continues to grow, as seems likely based on enrollment trends, this competitive situation will persist. Additionally, applied research positions in private industry may become more difficult to obtain if increasing numbers of scientists seek jobs in private industry because of the competitive job market for independent research positions in universities and for college and university faculty. The number of science-related jobs in sales, marketing, and research management is expected to exceed the number of independent research jobs for BS graduates.

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.) 

BS-only: $40,900 (average); $32,100-$49,300 (range)

Statistics from the Nat'l Assn. Of Colleges & Employers (NACE) for 2012-2013 graduates

Research assistant, laboratory technician, clinical lab technologist, assistant/associate, biologist, pharmaceutical sales representative, technical writer, and process developer are just a few options of the jobs a student could hold with a degree in biology.

University of Washington, Wetlands Institute, New York Blood Center, University of Rhode Island, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (Johnson & Johnson), National Center for Deaf-Health research, Henrietta Animal Hospital, NOAACorps, Muhlbauer Dermatopathology Lab, Medimmune, Curry & Kerlinge, VWR Scientific, Lonza Biologics, NH Pharmaceutical, Genomics Collaborative, Seneca Park Zoo, Genencor, App Tec, Hoffman/LaRoche Ltd., University of Rochester Medical Center, and The Jackson Laboratory.