College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor’s Degree

"Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge." — Stephen Hawking

Program Overview

A degree in Biology from USF Sarasota-Manatee offers students the hands-on experience needed to pursue a career in many fields of biology, as well as the knowledge required to move on to graduate level studies. Graduates demonstrate knowledge in the three principal sub-disciplines of biology: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution, and are engaged in the scientific process through the planning, execution and interpretation of laboratory or field studies. With a degree in hand, our students are able to analyze ethical challenges and practices in the biological sciences, perform qualitative and quantitative analyses to evaluate scientific information, and can demonstrate skills in the assembly and presentation of oral and written communications on biological investigations.

Is It Right For You?

Are you a creative person who likes to ask questions about everything? Are you interested in the sciences and extremely detail orientated? Are you always motivated to find answers to in-depth questions? If so, a degree in Biology will open the right doors for you. Biology is the newest and one of the fastest growing academic disciplines at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Professors of USFSM Biology courses teach both the lecture and associated laboratory sections. This allows faculty to get to know students on an individual basis. Our faculty also conducts research and invite students to collaborate in their investigations.

Mote Marine Laboratory

The USFSM Biology program collaborates with the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory, allowing students to be immersed in ongoing research and community engagement in the marine sciences. Research scientists from Mote also teach various courses in the USFSM Biology program. These experiences prepare our students to be competitive for an even wider range of graduate programs and professional schools.

Future Careers

Most students who pursue a B.S. degree in Biology take their knowledge on to graduate programs or medical schools. Biology degrees often lead to careers in a number of rewarding fields including doctors, health care technicians, lab technicians, pharmacist, research scientists, veterinarians and wildlife technicians.

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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