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What will I learn?

If you want to do more than just live life, become a biologist and study it.

Biologists have exciting and rewarding careers in areas such as medicine, biotechnology, and environmental conservation and management. Biologists study living things to understand how they function, survive, and evolve. They may study bacteria and viruses that threaten human health or larger organisms such as red-spotted newts or brown bears. Whatever the scale, biological research increases our understanding of health and wellness and the threats to our environment.

You will learn how life works by asking questions, making observations, and evaluating evidence. Besides lectures, your classes will include hands-on activities in the laboratory and outdoors. Because of our location, you will have unique outdoor learning opportunities. We have an ongoing research project with our environmental studies program in the Allegheny National Forest.

Some of your college credits may come from internships: You can shadow local doctors or conduct undergraduate research with a faculty mentor.

With your biology degree you could become a physician or a veterinarian. A research biologist, a biotechnology patent attorney or a high school science teacher. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Future doctors may streamline their acceptance into medical school via our Freshman Guarantee at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Future doctors, dentists, and optometrists may be able save a year of study and tuition by enrolling in our special 3 + 4 programs with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pitt's Dental School, or the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

Course requirements in the major

BIOL 0101 - INTRODUCTION TO CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

BIOL 0102 - INTRODUCTION TO BIODIVERSITY

A grade of C- or better is required in BIOL 0101 and 0102

BIOL 0203 - GENETICS

BIOL 0217 - PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

BIOL 1451 - CAPSTONE: BIOLOGY

BIOL Upper-level Biology Electives (two of which must include a lab). A maximum of 2 credits may be taken as BIOL 1499 Internship. - 16 Credits

Capstone is a two semester course (total of 4 credits)

Other required courses

CHEM 0101 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM 0102 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2

CHEM 0206 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

CHEM 0207 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1 LAB

The mathematic requirement may be satisfied by taking any one of the following:

MATH 0132 - PRECALCULUS or

MATH 0136 - APPLIED CALCULUS or

MATH 0140 - CALCULUS 1

The physics requirement may be satisfied by taking any of the following:

PHYS 0101 - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS 1 or

PHYS 0103 - CONCEPTS OF MODERN PHYSICS or

PHYS 0201 - FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS 1

Total credits required for the major: 57-60

Which department am I in?

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,184.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

300 Campus Drive,

BRADFORD,

Pennsylvania,

16701, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman applicants to the University of Pittsburgh should have completed a minimum of 15 units of credit in college preparatory courses.

For international students

Students must complete 15 high school units. The high school units includes: 1 unit of algebra; 4 units of English; 1 unit of plane geometry; 1 unit of history; 2 units of foreign language; 1 unit of laboratory science; and 5 units of academic electives.

For the Pittsburgh campus, a 100 or higher TOEFL composite score with sub scores of 21 or higher is considered competitive, or a 7.0 IELTS with sub scores of 6.0 or higher. Students with a 95-99 TOEFL will be reviewed on an individual basis.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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