Why Study Biological Sciences?
By definition, biology is the study of how living things work and how they interact with each other and the environment. The biological sciences includes many fascinating fields; topics of study range from molecular properties of cell structure, heredity, functions of tissues and organs, habitats and behaviors and how ecosystems change over time. With the accelerating pace of discovery, this trend will continue. A degree in general biology will give a student the ability to explore many diverse fields of biology and can lead to future graduate studies in professional or research institutions or to jobs in a wide range of industries.
The Purdue Northwest Advantage
The biology program at Purdue University Northwest provides students with a comprehensive and broad education in the biological sciences and the flexibility to fulfill their individual needs. The strengths of the department include biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, ecology, microbiology and physiology. If they wish to further specialize, students may choose a concentration in Ecology & Evolution, Microbiology & Immunology, Biotechnology or Health Science.
Careers in Biological Science
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, an individual may work as a laboratory technician in academic institutions, industries, government agencies, hospitals and private companies. An individual may also work as a science sales representative or as a science writer. With a master’s degree, an individual may be hired as a research scientist, a laboratory supervisor or an instructor in community or junior college.
A doctoral degree prepares individuals for research and teaching positions in colleges, independent research in academic and industrial settings as well as administrative positions in industry and government. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one third of the thirty fastest growing occupations require education in biology. Jobs in biological sciences and health care fields are expected to grow an average of 23.5% over the next twenty years. When compared with average job growth of 14% overall, it is easy to see that pursuing an education in biological sciences is a sound career choice. A degree in the biological sciences makes financial sense. Overall, salaries in biology and medical fields are 87% higher than the national average.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one third of the thirty fastest growing occupations require education in biology. Jobs in biological sciences and health care fields are expected to grow an average of 23.5% over the next twenty years. Overall, salaries in biology and medical fields are 87% higher than the national average.
“I chose PNW as a high school sophomore for its location, low tuition, small faculty-to-student ratio, and its excellent Biology Department. The Biology Department of PNW has an “open door” policy. Faculty and staff make themselves available at the student’s convenience for any assistance the student may need- whether it be something as trivial as homework help or a topic of significance in that students’ life such as course registration and career counseling. With the help of such admirable faculty, I graduated with B.S. degrees in both Biotechnology and Chemistry in four years. I would highly recommend PNW’s undergraduate and graduate biology programs to any potential student.”
- Direct admission to the BS in Biological Sciences program requires consideration of standardized test scores and performance in mathematics additional to general University admissions requirements. Interested students who are not directly admissible to Biological Sciences may be admitted to a general admission program in which they can prepare for acceptance into the Biological Sciences program in the College of Engineering and Science.