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Biology (BA or BS), 4-Year

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Explore the life sciences as you develop the skills and knowledge to begin a career in a broad range of fields, from brewing to research, or move to the next phase of your education in a professional program.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

As a student in our biology program, you'll explore the depths of the life sciences and you'll discover the subjects that speak to you. As a graduate, you'll take that passion into rewarding careers in a wide range of careers or build on your education with a specific focus.

After graduation, biology graduates work in communities as lab technicians, representatives for pharmaceutical and medical instrumentation companies, biotech researchers, educators, and more. If your undergraduate degree is just the start, you'll also find the biology program uniquely prepares you for advanced programs from chiropractic to physical therapist to physician and more.

As a biology major at D’Youville, you’ll explore anatomy, zoology, genetics, and biochemistry through hands-on experiences in our new state-of-the-art science building. At D'Youville, we believe learning one-on-one with faculty leaders and conducting research is important so we offer our undergraduate biology students an experience few other universities do —you may be chosen to participate in exciting research projects with our faculty or even be selected for exclusive internships at collaborating institutions, like the world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Why Choose D'Youville?

Direct Entry Into Professional Programs

Students in D'Youville's biology programs can apply for direct entry into one of D'Youville's joint and combined professional degree programs which will allow you allow you to earn your bachelor's and advanced degree here in less time than you can at other institutions. After you earn your Bachelor of Science degree, as long as you’ve maintained the necessary academic standards, you’ll be automatically admitted to the advanced program.

Personal Attention and Small Class Sizes

At D'Youville, your professors will know who you are and you'll find helpful resources right at hand, from financial aid to tech support. You'll get individualized attention in small classes, usually around 20 students, and not more than 40, and in science labs you'll learn alongside 12 to 15 students per class. You'll also always be taught by a faculty member, never a teaching assistant.

Built for Your Future

In our program, you'll always have a faculty advisor to help you explore options. As an undergraduate, you'll gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take. And when you graduate, you'll be ready to ace your graduate or professional school entrance exams with D'Youville's in-house review course. Students at other colleges often pay $1,000 or more to take similar courses from commercial firms.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Student Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 (BA) or 85 (BS) with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science. 

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2 (BA) or 2.5 (BS)

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Courses

Explore Courses in the Biology Program

Biology Freshman Seminar — BIO Seminar

Connect with professionals in the health sciences, academia, and the industry to figure out their future goals. Learn study skills, be matched with an older student mentor, and even participate in service experiences to learn and help your community.

Genetics Lab — BIO-302L

Extract your own DNA to find out if what your genes say and how that’s reflected in the way your body behaves through molecular technologies like polymerase chain reactions and sequencing.

Biology Capstone — BIO 499

Explore a built-in internship or research experience for credit and gain experience in your favorite biology field! Work for a biotech company, try quality control, or delve into academic research.

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Careers

Careers

A degree in biology opens the door to many careers. It can equip you for graduate school and lead to a teaching or research career at a college or university. It may provide the foundation for a career as a doctor, dentist or veterinarian. It can also lead to a teaching position at a high school or prepare you for related occupations in business, industry and government.

We offer two Biology bachelor's degree programs to suit your specific career goals:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

  • More extensive program that will prepare students for careers in science or medicine or biological research.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of graduate programs in biological specialties, as well as medical, dental, veterinary and chiropractic schools.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology

  • Prepares you to work immediately in biology or a biomedical field.
  • Meets the admissions requirements of some graduate programs.

Internships

Internships

The Department of Biology and Mathematics strongly encourages students to perform research internships as part of the completion of their undergraduate degree. Our friendly and engaging faculty has a diverse set of research interests, ranging from bioinformatics and analytics to animal behavior and human anatomy, so finding the research project that sparks your curiosity couldn’t be easier.

Research projects engage students in new and exciting scientific discoveries that allow them to gain knowledge and experience that is beneficial in applying to graduate programs.

Involvement in research as an undergraduate doesn’t just end at the bench – students from Department of Biology and Mathematics have presented their data in local, national, and international meetings. These experiences help to broaden the horizons of our students and to develop contacts and relationships with researchers from around the globe.

Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

Many of our graduates continue their academic studies after they earn their bachelor's degree in biology. Some even conduct research as PhD candidates in doctoral programs around the country.  

  • Tyler Fulater ’18 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at the University at Buffalo
  • Ryan Gemmati ’18 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cailey Burrows ’19 has a degree in Biology and will be matriculating to Upstate Medical School in the fall of 2020
  • Jamal Williams '15 has degrees in Math and Biology and is now in graduate school at Buffalo State College.
  • Robert Kubiak '15 has degrees in Biology and Chemistry and is now working on a PhD at Emory University.
  • Scott Heller '14 has a degree in Biology and is now in medical school at the University at Buffalo.
  • David Truong '14 has a Biology degree and is now studying to be a Physician Assistant.
  • Cecelia Lignos '14 has a Biology degree and is now an Account Executive at Cumulus Media.

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