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As a biology student at UC, you’ll work with skilled faculty members from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom hold a doctorate degree from an outstanding institution. You’ll benefit from their interest in biology and dedication to teaching as well as their diverse educational backgrounds and professional specializations.

Not only will you learn from and interact with a dynamic group of people, but you also will study in the state-of-the-art Correll Science Center, Cumberlands’ newest academic building. Laboratories and classrooms equipped with the latest media, audio and data transmission technology as well as study areas and a computer lab provide an outstanding learning environment.

Opportunities outside the classroom include specialized research through independent course work, field study in the United States, Presidential Scholar research and study abroad. Additionally, you can gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting in labs, with faculty research, and in organizing or conducting the annual Chemistry Symposium/Science Olympiad. Each year, Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, sponsors guest speakers, field trips, and service projects.


What Can I Do With This Degree?

As you complete your studies in the department of biology, you’ll be qualified for entry-level positions in whatever area of biology you’ve chosen. You may become a teacher, laboratory scientist, lab assistant, technician, research assistant, or any of many other professional options.

You may also go on to earn an advanced degree in graduate school aiming to work eventually as an agricultural engineer, biochemist, cytotechnologist, ecologist, entomologist, environmental scientist, marine biologist, pharmacist, physician, or rehabilitation therapist.

Careers that start* with Biology:

Health Field:

  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Lab Tech
  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Veterinarian

Laboratory Research:

  • Hospitals
  • US Government
  • Private Industry
  • Cosmetics
  • Foods Industry

Field Positions:

  • EPA
  • Forestry
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Missions
  • Army Corp. of Engineers
  • Peace Corp
  • Department of Natural Resources


  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • College and University
  • Camp Counselor
  • Writer

*These are but a few of potential careers associated with a biology major.  A Bachelor of Science or Arts is considered a minimum degree needed for most positions.  Many require the M.S. , or M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Top Ten Reasons to Choose UC

one Your future:  Your degree can get you where you want to be.  Whether a job right out of college, or on to graduate or medical school, a Biology Bachelor’s degree from UC helps prepare you for the future.
two Job opportunities:  A biology major is good training for many different kinds of jobs, from working in forestry and the EPA, to research and hospital labs.
three Class size:   Most upper level biology courses are small, giving students ample opportunity to interact with their professor.
four Learning opportunities:  Our faculty have expertise in molecular and cellular biology, wildlife biology, zoology (animals), botany (plants), biochemistry, genetics, ecology, and microscopy.
five Intellectual growth:  Discuss cutting-edge topics and learn about new techniques and technologies.
six Personal growth:  Participation in Tri-Beta, the biology national honor society, and research guided by faculty.
seven Diverse experiences:  Whether out in the woods, in foreign countries, or to see the “Body Display”, our fieldtrips are interesting.
eight Relationships:  Make friends that will last a lifetime.
nine Fun:  Take classes in exotic places!  We’ve offered classes in the Bahamas, Belize, and the Appalachians.
ten More fun: Biology is the only science in which multiplication means the same thing as division!  And don’t worry - Biology grows on you!