Biology

Bachelor of Science

The Biology program at Kutztown University prepares students for employment in their areas of specialization, for graduate work in biology, and for medical and other professional schools. The programs have strong lab components that emphasize student involvement and close student-faculty interaction. Students can major or minor in Biology.

Specialization

The Biology Major offers four different track specializations from which students can choose:

  • Allied Health
    This program is designed to prepare students for further education in a variety of health-related fields including, but not limited to, the following: physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, laboratory technology, occupational therapy, optometry, and chiropractic.
  • Molecular/Micro/Cell Biology
    This program is designed to provide majors with a background in molecular biology, cell biology, and microbiology. Students typically continue on to work in the industry, as well as complete MS and Ph.D. graduate degrees.
  • Organismal Biology/Ecology
    This program is designed to provide majors with a broad education in the biology of organisms and their ecology. Graduates typically continue in private organizations, non-government-organizations, as well as government jobs such as the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, PA Fish & Wildlife, to name a few. Some students continue on to complete graduate degrees (MS or Ph.D.).

Other Related Life Science Programs

  • B.S. in Environmental Science: Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Geography
    The Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Science at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary program with a curriculum that provides students with the opportunity to specialize in biology, chemistry, geography, or geology while also preparing them to obtain employment as environmental scientists or engage in graduate studies in the natural and environmental sciences.
  • B.S. in Marine Science: Biology/or Oceanography
    Kutztown University offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science for students who desire an interdisciplinary background in oceanography or marine biology. The program is taught by faculty in the Biology and Physical Sciences departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • B.S. Secondary Ed. Biology - in the College of Education
    The Biology program at Kutztown University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education for students.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are successful: 85 percent are employed in biology-related jobs or advanced training. Students who graduate with a degree in biology can choose to further their education, or find employment opportunities in health care, health sciences, education, research and development for private companies and the government, and the biomedical sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BS in Biology
    1. Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will demonstrate advanced competence in their area of specialization, either organismal biology/ecology, cell biology/microbiology, pre-medical science, or allied health science.

    2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in skills useful in gaining successful employment in biology-related positions or admission to graduate or professional programs.

    3. Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will demonstrate writing skills such that they can effectively convey concepts and information in their discipline.

    4. Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will demonstrate oral communication skills such that they can effectively convey concepts and information in their discipline.

    5. Students completing the B.S. Biology degree will be able to effectively utilize the scientific method.

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