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Biological Sciences, General


Programs in general biological sciences teach people about living things and their life processes.

These programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in general biology. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in general biology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in general biology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program in biological sciences, general, typically requires that you study courses such as the following:

Things to Know

Some colleges offer opportunities for undergraduates to assist with research. This experience can help you understand what biology research is like as a career.

This major can be good preparation for medical, dental, or veterinary school. It may lead you to advanced study of a specialized branch of biology such as ecology or physiology. Or, you may want to use your skills in the advanced study of agriculture, with a graduate degree in animal science or horticulture. You may be interested in a graduate degree in a field where biology intersects with social concerns, such as public health. Or, you may be able to enter the work force directly. For example, you might work in sales in the pharmaceutical industry.


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