BiologyBiology is among the most versatile of college majors and a jumping-off point for careers that can range from astrobiologist to microbiologist to zoologist.

Because it is a vast and varied discipline, when you pursue a B.S. in Biology at Penn State Behrend you’ll choose to study in one of six options within the degree program. This allows you to tailor your education to your career interests and goals. The General Biology option offers the flexibility you’ll want for graduate study or direct entry to the workforce. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior prepares students for graduate study in ecology and for careers in resource management, environmental education, or environmental regulation, while the Genetics and Developmental Biology option is a solid foundation for further study in genetics, genetic counseling, agriculture, or developmental biology.

If you envision yourself continuing your education in medical, dental, or vet school, choose the Health Professions option. The Medical Technology option, which includes a clinical practicum at nearby Saint Vincent Hospital, prepares you to work in the high-demand occupations of medical and clinical laboratory technologist. Finally, consider the Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry option if you think biotechnology or research are part of your future plans. If you’re highly motivated to start your medical education a year early, Behrend also offers four 3+4 accelerated-education partnerships; visit to learn more about our partner programs.

A biology minor is also offered, along with a minor in sustainability leadership, which allows students to integrate social, economic, and environmental concepts of sustainability into their coursework.

Why Penn State Behrend?

Here, you’ll have opportunities to do the kinds of engaged research projects that are mandatory for successful graduate-school admission and a highly desirable addition to your medical or professional school application.  You’ll work closely with a faculty mentor to design and execute experiments; this research can lead to publication in peer-reviewed research journals and presentations at professional conferences. You’ll likely receive financial support for your undergraduate research, either from $350,000 in annual college-wide funding or through your faculty mentor’s external grants

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