The study of life

Biology

Biology—understanding the keys to life

Are you fascinated with living things and how they work—plants, animals, even people? Then a biology major may be the perfect fit for you.

Biology focuses on the study of living organisms and how to protect them. Biologists study life at all levels—including the molecular, cellular and anatomical levels—seeking to understand the relationships between organisms and how they survive.

As a biologist, you'll be able to specialize many sub-disciplines including genetics, botany, zoology, forestry, biochemistry and pathology, to name a few.

Why study biology?

  • Help save the world—literally. Research way to protect the all life on earth from dangers of advancing technology and exploding population.
  • Lots of flexibility—become a researcher, teacher or a health care clinician
  • Biology is a broad science that requires a solid understanding of all other sciences and is a good foundation for interdisciplinary fields such as bioinformatics or biomedical engineering.

Some information from Dr. Kishor Vaidya, author of Biology for the Curious: Why Study Biology

Union College taught me to work hard. While at Union I learned to ‘own’ my education. A science education introduces students to a methodology of critical thinking that, when combined with a fear of God, will generate a dependable wisdom and knowledge base that forms the foundation for many different career paths.

Suzanne Phillips
1998 graduate, chair of the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
photo Suzanne Phillips

Experience plenty of personal attention and time with high tech equipment.

At Union College, we understand the importance of mentorship and personal attention. Our small class sizes mean you'll get plenty of personal attention from professors and lots of opportunities to work in labs on advanced equipment.

Why study at Union College?

  • Our experienced professors will challenge and stretch you, but they’ll be right beside you all along the way to provide the support you need to succeed.
  • Partner with experienced professors who conduct important research.
  • Experience a new building that emphasizes open learning and features the latest technology for teaching and research.

The Division of Science and Math at Union College has been a positive choice for my work experience and higher education. The professors allow students to really explore career interests. Students that are proactive in their education have incredible access to their professors to achieve their goals, which allows them to compete with students from other state schools. The small class sizes are a definite advantage. From my personal experience, I have enjoyed and tried to take full advantage of my one-on-one sessions with my professors as I have pursued classes, work opportunities and post graduate options.

Judy Jean
2018 graduate, now a horticulture research assistant.
photo Judy Jean

Majors and minors

Union College offers the following biology degrees:

Biology—four-year bachelor of arts degree
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Biology—four-year bachelor of science degree
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Biology education—four-year bachelor of science degree
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Career options

Zoologist

Study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay
$62,000

Biological technician

Help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Job outlook
10% growth (faster than average)

Median pay
$43,000

Microbiologist

Study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay
$69,000