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Biology is a natural science that focuses on physical and chemical processes of living organisms. This discipline explores how organisms acquire and use energy to maintain homeostasis, how they reproduce, and how they interact with each other and their environment. Scientific processes are emphasized as a means of answering these biological questions. Biologists rely heavily on a chemistry foundation since living organisms are chemical systems.
Biotechnology Career Pathway
Career Options

The following list is a sample of the many career options available for the biology major. A few of these require a certificate, some an associate degree, some a baccalaureate degree and some require a graduate level degree:

  • Agricultural consultant
  • Animal health technician
  • Biotechnology technician
  • Dentist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Field biologist
  • Forester
  • Horticulturist
  • High school or college teacher
  • Marine biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Public health technician
  • Physician
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Research biologist
  • Veterinarian
In addition, a background in biology may be required for the following:
  • Registered nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Medical technician
  • Physician's assistant
  • Optometrist