How intrigued are you by the science of life? It’s an insatiable curiosity about living things, including humans, plants, animals and all other forms of life that steer students toward a biology degree.
But you might be wondering:
- What type of biology degree should I choose?
- What can I expect to learn?
- What careers will my degree prepare me for?
Read on to learn the answers to these questions and others, and discover why you’ll love earning your biology degree!
What Kind of Biology Degree Should You Choose?
Four-year biology degrees are offered either as a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BS). There are subtle differences:
- A BS in Biology is more oriented toward math and science with fewer general education requirements.
- A BA in Biology provides a more generalized liberal arts experience plus training in biology.
At schools like ENC, the outcomes are the same. You’ll get excellent training in biology either way. The only difference is whether your sole focus is biology or you want to include other courses like arts, history, foreign language, etc.
Either way, you’ll enjoy the ride for at least these six reasons.
1. It’s the foundation you need for a variety of very cool careers.
A bachelor’s degree in biology will prepare you for many careers in these fields, or for graduate study so you can specialize.
Many careers are accessible with a bachelor’s degree only. You may work as a medical assistant, dental or physician’s assistant, phlebotomist (drawing blood), pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales rep, etc.
If you want to go further, biology is an important part of pre-med studies, giving you a foundation in anatomy, physiology and other biological sciences. If you want to be a medical doctor or pharmacist, for example, your biology degree is part of what prepares you to apply for medical school.
You’ll have many opportunities to teach biology with a bachelor’s degree, from schools to science centers, museums and nature preserves with education programs.
If you want to teach biology in K-12 schools, you would need to combine your biology degree with education studies and pursue a teaching license.
Biotech and Research
There are many opportunities for biology program graduates in research and technology. You could work as a biological technician, or in computational biology, an exciting field that uses computer modeling to better understand natural phenomena such as gene expressions.
Microbiology is a related field devoted to microscopic life. It often relates to the field of agricultural and food science. Biologists in this field work to ensure food safety and conduct research to improve the efficiency of agricultural processes.
You may choose to apply your biology degree to improve public health, help preserve natural environments and wildlife, or educate the public as a science writer.
Many of these are fields that would be available to you with only a bachelor’s degree, though going onto graduate study in life sciences will open more exciting doors.
2. You’ll do amazing internships that will change your life and the lives of others.
Along the way toward your exciting future career, you’ll take part in internships that will allow you to hone your skills and often apply them to work that helps others.
At ENC, students pursuing their biology degree have a variety of options to choose from. Here are just a few of the internship partners we work with:
- Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Many opportunities for students interested in medical biology to gain experience in a hospital environment.
- CVS – Pre-pharmacy students get hands-on experience applying biological sciences to alleviating pain, preventing illness and more through pharmacology.
- Idaho Fish & Game – Students interested in conservation can get in touch with nature and learn about the policies, practices and application of biological science to protecting wildlife.
- Peace Corps – If you’re interested in applying biology to public health, these internships show you how to translate knowledge into community action.
- Boston Museum of Science – Students interested in teaching biology enjoy learning how to connect with young people and adults alike in this fun, dynamic educational environment.
3. You’ll find answers to your burning questions about how life works.
Beyond the career opportunities a biology degree provides, you’ll enjoy the simple pleasure of taking a deep dive into the subject matter.
There’s nothing more stimulating for a life sciences enthusiast than improving your understanding of the phenomena of life! You’ll discover the secrets of:
- Molecular biology, the most basic building blocks of the natural world.
- Cellular biology, the smallest building blocks of all organisms.
- Organisms, the inner-workings of living things.
- Populations, the way living things interact and evolve.
4. The skills you’ll hone in a biology degree program are in demand by top employers.
Studying “hard sciences” like biology gives you a set of skills that employers in technology, education, healthcare, and many other fields need their employees to be proficient in.
In ENC’s hands-on biology program, students graduate with refined skills in:
- Forming a hypothesis.
- Gathering and analyzing data.
- Scientific drawing and modeling.
- Applying chemistry, mathematics and psychics to biological research.
- Writing research proposals.
- Presenting findings.
These are vital skills to have in the workforce. They also help students feel confident in their readiness for graduate studies. For the past 10 years, more than 80% of students who applied to graduate or professional schools were accepted.
5. You’ll be able to make an excellent living.
It doesn’t hurt that careers biology degree graduates go into tend to be lucrative.
Here are just a few examples of estimated incomes from entry-level to 10+ years of experience:
- Medical Laboratory Technician – $39,820 – $46,830
- Biologist – $41,640 – $68,530
- Research Scientist – $75,120 – $88,000
- Biomedical Engineer – $61,990 – $89,510
These incomes can be much higher with additional education, of course.
6. Your fascination with God’s creation and desire to participate in it will grow.
Last but not least, the study of biology gives you a lens through which to wonder at the majesty of the natural world God has created.
At ENC, we encourage the application of faith in the scientific method. Even as the study of life often hints at the hand of a single Creator, questions about how life works reveal ever-greater depths of complexity in the Lord’s design.
The work of faith-based biological science is not only fascinating, it is inspiring. It will spur you on to apply what you have learned in the service of others.
Get Your Biology Degree at Eastern Nazarene College
Apply your faith and desire to help others by studying the biological sciences at ENC. Here, you’ll find a firm academic foundation to throw yourself into:
- Healing people through the application of biology to health,
- Research to discover new ways to protect, enhance and improve life, and
- Educate others to encourage public health, conservation and a thriving world.
Want to learn more about what you’ll ENCounter in our biology degree program? Reach out to us today!