Biology - BS, BA

College of Science

About This Degree

Biology is the study of living organisms and life, and their origin, structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. There are many specialty areas that students can major in within biology. Biologists can find careers in research, healthcare, teaching, science writing, administration and management, government, and industry. Studying biology teaches students to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems.

What You Will Learn

The Biology Department offers courses that fulfill the majority of graduate program prerequisites for students hoping to go on to health professions careers following their undergraduate degree. Students who receive health professions advising from USU can be in any major.USU medical school and dental school applicants have a consistently high acceptance rate. USU’s health profession students have the opportunity to receive advanced education in human anatomy and physiology, and the human dissection course offered by the department gives students hands-on preparation not available at most other universities.

Biology majors at USU have the unique opportunity to work with faculty mentors on research projects. Faculty is also involved in multiple USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) groups and in national and international collaborative research efforts.

Students will receive a by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.



This emphasis is a flexible option for students wishing to customize their education in biology. Students choose electives and conduct research in a variety of different topics, such as botany, entomology, biotechnology, synthetic biology, neurobiology, physiology, toxicology, microbiology, virology, herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, behavioral biology, and more.


This emphasis deals with the formation, structure, and function of macromolecules essential to life, such as nucleic acids and proteins. It also deals with cellular and developmental biology.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

This emphasis focuses on both ecology, the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, and biodiversity, the varieties of life on earth at all its levels and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it.

Human Biology:

This emphasis is designed to fulfill the academic course requirements for entrance to most medical or dental schools in the United States and Canada.


BS: Logan (Main Campus), Price (USU Eastern), Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Vernal (Uintah Basin)

BA: Logan (Main Campus), Price (USU Eastern), Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Vernal (Uintah Basin)

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Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Most biology majors continue on to graduate or professional schools and pursue the following careers:

  • Professor at a college and university biology
  • Genetic councilor
  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical technologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Research scientist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Physiologist

Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology can puruse the following careers:

  • Research and development for pharmaceutical companies
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Environmental educator
  • Research technician

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the biology program has additional requirements:

  • Freshman: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Student: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.25 transfer GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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