Biology/Science Education - B.S., B.S.Ed.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

Undergraduate students majoring in Science Education may earn the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), with a specialization in one of four basic science content fields: Biology; Chemistry; Physics; or Earth Science. When a student has completed all degree requirements and has completed her or his application to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), they will be issued a Clear Renewable T-4 Certificate, enabling them to teach science courses in their area of specialization at the secondary level (grades 6 through 12) in Georgia middle and high schools. This certificate can easily be transferred to a great majority of other U.S. states through established reciprocity agreements. “Broad Field” Secondary Science certification may be added, by application directly to the PSC, to the initial certification specific to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth Science earned in our program by passing an additional standardized test of content knowledge.

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

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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