About the Major

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life through the observation of structure, function, reproduction, growth, origin, evolution, and behavior of living organisms as they relate to their natural environment. Through coursework and research, you will gain an understanding of foundational events in biology, as well as current developments and discoveries. Studying biology prepares you to use scientific knowledge to make informed decisions benefiting all living things.

Skills and abilities developed with this major: application of the scientific process to address biological problems using hypothesis-driven inquiry; experiment design, data collection, and quantitative reasoning; research and documentation; and written comprehension and expression.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Cell biology
  • Genetics and molecular biology
  • Embryology-immunology
  • General physics I and II
  • Organic chemistry (lecture and lab)
  • Organismal biology
  • Math (calculus)

Possible Careers

  • Associate consultant
  • Data analyst
  • DNA technologist
  • Lab technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Research associate

Where could I work?

  • BioStorage
  • Covance
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • IU School of Medicine
  • Mid-America Clinical Labs

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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