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A Career Guide for the Biological Sciences Major


Biology is the study of life from the simplest forms of plants and animals (including one-celled animals and algae) to the highly complex structure of the human being. It includes the study of how organisms are structured, how they function, and how they relate to each other.

Among the major branches of biology are human anatomy and physiology, botany (the study of plants), microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms), zoology (the study of animals), and ecology (the study of the relationship between organisms and the environment).

FAU offers undergraduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees are appropriate for students planning professional careers in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. The B.A. degree is intended to provide maximum flexibility for students pursuing study in interdisciplinary areas such as environmental science or secondary school teaching. The B.S. degree is recommended for students planning to be professional biologists in industry or governmental service, or for graduate work in biology.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • The physical/biological sciences
  • Environmental issues/projects
  • Problem solving/research
  • Nature study/natural habitat
Aptitudes
  • Ability to communicate clearly/concisely; both orally and in writing
  • Integrating information from various fields
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Visual acuity/manual dexterity
  • Comparative analysis
  • Ability to think spatially
  • Ability to analyze information, organize ideas, and solve problems

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit-hours. In addition to the University and Charles E. Schimdt College of Science requirements, students must complete the Core Curriculum and also advanced Undergraduate courses leading to an emphasis in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology; Ecology and Organismic Biology; Marine Biology; or Premedical/Preprofessional.

A maximum of five credit-hours in Directed Independent Study (BSC 4905) may be applied for credit toward any undergraduate degree in the Department of Biological Sciences.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Biology graduates:

Biologist
Botanist
Ecologist
Educator
Environmental Manager
Geneticist
Horticulturist
Nutritionist
Biotechnician
Conservation Biologist
Environmental Attorney
Wildlife Biologist
Pathologist
Pharmacologist
Park Ranger
Physical Therapist
Public Health Director
Registered Nurse
Taxonomist
Veterinarian
Zoologist
Fishery Biologist
Marine Biologist
Microbiologist
Physician

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
S&E 234
561-297-3700

Department of Biological Sciences
SC 137
561-297-3320


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Department of Biological Sciences.
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