Biological Sciences

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate major programs in Biochemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biosciences. Students may also choose to concentrate in areas such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology,entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (vertebrate or invertebrate). Biology is a branch of the natural sciences, and is the study of living organisms and how they interact with their environment. Biology deals with every aspect of life in a living organism and examines the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living things as well as its application to human technology.

Undergraduate Biology Program website

Molecular Biosciences Department website

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Bachelors of Biotechnology

Bachelors of Molecular Biosciences

Sample of Related Skills

  • Engage in the evidence-based process of science by demonstrating the ability to pose problem-based questions based on observations, generating hypotheses, designing experiments, and drawing conclusions 
  • Conduct data analysis and interpretation by demonstrating the ability to perform basic mathematical computations and apply statistical methods to analyze data 
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply an understanding of the major concepts in biology including evolution, information flow, structure and function, pathways of energy, and systems
  • Use biological instrumentation and proper laboratory techniques 
  • Understand the risks and proper protocol for testing on animal and human subjects
  • Communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral formats 

Popular Career Paths

Botany: Involves the study of plants and their environment. Some botanists will focus on certain species, while others study numerous aspects of plant life in such areas as identification and classification; the structure and function of plant parts; cures and causes of plants; and more.

Zoology: Focuses on the study of animals, including their physiology, development, interaction, and environment. Additionally, many zoologist play an integral role in solving health and social problems in society.

Forensic Sciences: Focuses on science and its use in proving the guilt or innocence of individuals of criminal offenses.

Medical Sciences: Includes direct patient contact, technological, and research careers. Medical scientists often develop treatments for health problems, as well as ways to prevent the development of health problems.

Biology Education: Involves teaching in an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary institution. Teachers must not only be knowledgeable in their subject but must also be able to communicate, develop lesson plans, motivate students, provide classroom management, and inspire.

Clinical Research: Involves the research and development behind medical technology and pharmaceuticals. Researchers must be familiar with clinical research standards and the FDA approval process.

Others: Agriculture, Environmental Biology, Information Systems, Writing/Illustration/Photography, Aquatic Sciences, Quality Control


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Jobs to Consider

Agronomist

Biotechnologist

​Clinical Researcher

Conservation Biologist

Crime Scene Investigator

Cytologist

Dietitian/Nutritionist

Environmental Scientist

Food & Drug Inspector

Forensic Scientist

Forester

Geneticist

Horticulturist

Laboratory Technician

Medical Technologist

Park Ranger

Patent Examiner

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Pharmacologist/Toxicologist

Quarantine Officer

Sanitarian

Science Writer

Zoologist/Marine Biologist

Epidemiologist


Places to Seek Employment

Aquariums

Blood Banks

Botanical Gardens

Conservation Associations

Cooperative Extension Agencies

Crime Scene Laboratories

Educational Institutions

Federal and State Government Agencies

Zoos

Food Processing Plants

Health Departments

Healthcare Facilities

Laboratories

Law Enforcement Agencies

Museums

 

National Institutes of Health

National Park Service

Pharmaceutical Companies

U.S. and State Departments of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

Food & Drug Administration

Science Magazines

 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest in biology so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in biology, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. List of practice questions: pharmaceutical sales (pdf), medical school (pdf), veterinary school (pdf).
  7. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume-lab skills (pdf), sample resume-pre-med (pdf), sample resume-molecular biosciences (pdf), sample resume- biology (pdf).
  8. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  9. Complete an undergraduate research experience to gain advanced research skills.
  10. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional education.
  11. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Biology Club, Biology Majors Advisory Committee, and Pre-Medical Club at KU.

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