Two students working with a microscope in a lab.Biology, B.S.

With a focus on molecular environmental biology, our Bachelor of Science in Biology will provide you with skills and experience that can be immediately applied to the workforce or to continued training and graduate-level study. In this program, you can expect to learn by doing and experiencing. You will literally get your hands dirty to solve problems and accomplish learning objectives.

The molecular environmental biology program includes a variety of biology, chemistry, physics, math and social sciences coursework, supplemented with science communication, leadership and professional development opportunities to produce exceptionally well-rounded students.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Inquiry-based learning through hands-on field work in the environment.
  • Relevant skills and problem-driven experiences practiced in each course, lab and field assignment.
  • Extensive networking opportunities in land use, agriculture, soil science, urban biomes and wetlands.
  • Two curriculum tracks—one of which provides rigorous academic preparation for medical or veterinary school.
  • Active learning environment fostered by instructors who bring years of industry experience to the classroom.

Career Opportunities

With this degree, you can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Research and diagnostic analysis
  • Conservation
  • Biotechnology
  • Public health and public policy
  • Science writing and communication

Some of the potential jobs include:

  • Conservation scientist and forester
  • Environmental scientist
  • Agriculture and food scientist
  • Biological technician
  • Urban and regional planner (with additional education)

Julie D. Good, Ph.D, Program Chair

Professor Good is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in biomedical research settings from academia to the government sector. Her focus is cell and molecular biology.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001
  • Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • B.A., Biology, pre-medicine, Hanover College, 1988

Earning this Degree


This is for students who want a traditional, on-campus college experience.