Biology - B.S.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

The Biology major at UGA enables students to sample from the very broad and diverse range of learning opportunities in the biological sciences.  Unlike some of the more specialized degree programs (e.g. Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Plant Biology) the biology major enables the student to sample broadly creating a unique program of study that best matches the student’s interests and abilities.  Students are encouraged to participate in sponsored research experiences as well as to take advantage of many of the study abroad opportunities that UGA offers.

Interesting Facts: 
The study of biology is one of the oldest disciplines at the University of Georgia. From its earliest days in the 19th century UGA students have taken courses in Natural History (which included biology). The medical field of anesthesiology had its origins on the UGA campus.
Students majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are in demand and have among the highest post-graduation employment rates in the U.S.
Biology (along with related majors such as Microbiology, Genetics, Cellular Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Plant Biology) is the most popular undergraduate major at UGA.

Academics

What you will learn: 

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in biology is a liberal arts degree with a concentration in the biological sciences. It is not a pre-professional degree, but it does prepare students for professional programs as well as for advanced degrees in the biological sciences. A major in biology is valuable because of the important role that biology plays in our everyday lives. An understanding of basic biological principles is crucial in interpreting the implications of environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, the impact of genetic engineering and biotechnology in crop improvement, the treatment of disease, forensic medicine, and legal and ethical issues associated with the above.

Other Degrees/Programs Offered: 

In addition to the B.S. degree in Biology students can major with a concentration in Neuroscience

 

 

Beyond the Classroom

General Research Information: 

Undergraduates majoring in biology have the opportunity to enhance their learning through direct participation in research and scholarship. At UGA, these opportunities enable undergraduates to participate in ground-breaking research, often as part of a team of graduate students and faculty. In fact, many students can earn academic credit while working under an experienced faculty mentor by taking BIOL 4960 or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$70,000
Low Salary: 
$30,000
Median Salary: 
$38,300
Employers: 
  • Raybiotech
  • SMC Corporation
  • Alpha Scientific
  • Crier Life
  • NOAA Corps
  • Choice Care
  • Nuzhat, PC
  • Centers for Disease Control and
  • Prevention
  • Emory University
  • Dial America
  • North Atlanta OBGYN
  • Wells Fargo
  • Northeast Sales Distributing
  • The University of Georgia
  • Medical Aid Supply House
  • Perimeter Orthopedics
  • Athens Regional Medical Center
  • Prium
  • University of North Georgia
  • Babcock Dermatology
     
Possible Job Titles: 

Students armed with a bachelor's degree in Biology from UGA have a wide variety of career options at their disposal.  Indeed, many of our students go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine and dentistry, become pharmacists, veterinerians and teachers, or even attend graduate school and conduct research in their own laboratories.
 
For more information, please see the UGA Career Center's Careers in Biology.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers 2012 Salary Survey reported a median starting salary of $38,300 for graduates with a bachelor's degree in the biological/life sciences, up from $37,900 in 2011. Data from the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook show that 2010 median starting salaries for positions in the life sciences ranges from $33,000 (Food Science Technician or Forest Conservation Technician with an Associate's degree) to $55,000 (Forensic Scientist or Zoologist/Wildlife Biologist with a Bachelor's degree) to upwards of $70,000 (Biochemists and Biophysicists with Doctoral degrees). Keep in mind that salaries may vary greatly depending on geographic location, job type, and the experience and education required for entry-level positions.

Higher salaries are often found in private research companies and government agencies, where you may have more job security, advancement opportunities, and independence in your work. While jobs in nonprofit groups or academic institutions may have lower salaries, many biologists find great personal reward in working for an organization that is affecting change and has an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration