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The BS program in biology, with an emphasis in the natural sciences, examines these disciplines through experiential learning, and all of the program's core courses include laboratories. By learning in an integrative environment that emphasizes the connectedness of the life sciences, students gain a better understanding of larger scientific concepts and can view these concepts from multiple perspectives.

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty members or during internships. Some even publish in top journals and present their results at scientific meetings.

Graduates are prepared for employment with state and federal agencies or private organizations such as biomedical laboratories and environmental consultancies, or to enter graduate or doctoral programs in human or veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or scientific research.

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Biology, BS

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

West, Lake Havasu City

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Career Outlook

This program prepares graduates for a wide range of careers by offering course and laboratory work and quantitative research opportunities that develop fundamental problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and communication skills. Graduates may enter careers in:

  • business
  • laboratory or field research
  • medicine
  • publishing
  • scientific journalism
  • teaching

Undergraduate laboratory experience, both on and off campus, enhances employability as a laboratory technician or research associate in university and government research laboratories; in hospital and diagnostic laboratories; and in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agricultural and food processing companies.

Students engaged in field studies are prepared for entry-level positions in private companies and state and federal agencies (e.g., wildlife biologist, environmental consultant or conservation officer).

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary7.5%$86,140
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 15.2%$78,240
Biological Scientists, All Other8%$76,690
Biological Technicians 10.2%$43,800
Chemists 6.5%$74,740
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 9.9%$77,190
Climate Change Analysts 11.1%$69,400
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9%$118,970
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$66,510
Forensic Science Technicians 16.8%$57,850
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 12.5%$60,400
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$64,020
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 11.1%$69,400
Environmental Restoration Planners 11.1%$69,400
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.6%$76,360
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary7.8%$87,420
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 9.5%$87,380
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 7.2%$103,990
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Water Resource Specialists 9.9%$118,970
Industrial Ecologists 11.1%$69,400
Life Scientists, All Other9.2%$74,540
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690
Dentists, All Other Specialists 13.3%$190,840
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$87,340
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.5%$91,190
Technical Writers 11%$70,930
Veterinarians 18.8%$90,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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