Biological Sciences (Biology and Society) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The BS program in biological sciences with a concentration in biology and society focuses on training biology students to understand the social context of their science, to ask how and why a biological problem has been and should be studied. Students explore the ways in which policy decisions shape and are shaped by biological research and they investigate the meaning and significance of the life sciences in understanding our complex world.

The biology and society curriculum is highly individualized. This unique degree is home to world-class researchers and teachers in diverse fields, including bioscience ethics, history and philosophy of science, science communication, science education and science policy, all brought together under one program. Students have the opportunity to work with many renowned scholars in independent study and research projects.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

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Biological Sciences (Biology and Society) (BS)
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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Biology and society students gain the historical, philosophical, political and ethical perspectives needed to explore interactions between the life sciences and related, complex human issues. As a result, the program contributes to better informed and more effective teachers, writers, policymakers, clinicians and researchers in areas related to biology, medicine and society.

As a result of the individualized, skill-based curriculum, biology and society majors are eligible for a broad range of career options. Most graduates have chosen to pursue professional degrees in medicine, law, public health or public policy, or graduate study in biology, ethics, education or history and philosophy of science. Our graduates enter the workforce, whether in academia, industry, government or clinical practice, with a deep sensitivity to the complexity of biology in society and the skill to navigate that complexity throughout their careers.

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
Bioinformatics Scientists -0.4%$74,720
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Biological Scientists, All Other-0.4%$74,720
Biostatisticians 33.8%$79,990
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Dentists, General 18%$149,540
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Family and General Practitioners10.2%$180,180
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 9.1%$48,120
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 14%$59,430
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Life Scientists, All Other7.2%$69,100
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Medical and Health Services Managers 16.9%$92,810
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720
Park Naturalists6.9%$61,860
Physical Therapists 34%$82,390
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Surgeons 19.8%#
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 14.9%#

* 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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