What is biology?

Biology is the study of life and living organisms. It is a good fit for students considering a career in medicine or a related field, as well as those intrigued with the living world who want to be prepared for any number of careers available in biology.

Success factors

If you are motivated, passionate and enjoy learning and understanding principles governing life processes at all levels – molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological – studying biology is for you!

“I chose biology as my major in order to become a physician assistant. I am so excited about my future career! I enjoy caring for people, but also love being able to explain what is happening to people’s bodies and why.” — Hannah Weaver, class of 2014, physician assistant student at University of Oklahoma at Tulsa

Career possibilities

Programs of study are designed to prepare you for a number of career paths in biology: Molecular/Cellular: Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Forensic Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroscience; Organismal: Animal Behavior, Botany, Entomology, Ornithology, Parasitology, Physiology, Mammalogy, Herpetology; Ecology/Conservation/Sustainability: Biological Systematics, Ecology, Oceanography and Marine Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Park Naturalist, Wildlife Biologist, Zoological Park and Aquarium; Health-related careers: Dentist, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist, Physician, Physician Assistant, Podiatrist, Veterinarian, Veterinary Assistant, Animal Caretaker; Education: Elementary and Secondary School Teacher, University Professor

Majoring in biology

Opportunities to serve as a tutor and department assistant, privileges normally reserved for upperclassment at most schools.

Biology Curriculum

The biology curriculum will provide you with the strong educational foundation you will need for upper-level studies and advanced degrees. Academic advisors work one-on-one with students to ensure requirements are met for a seamless transition to continuing education and professional careers.

Sample curriculum - associate degree in biology

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