Build a Broad Interdisciplinary Understanding of Biology in our Immersive Biology Degree Program
Degrees: B.A., B.S.
In Millersville University’s Biology degree programs, students learn by doing. Whether you’re interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Biology, you’ll enjoy a broad liberal arts education while still being able to tailor your biology degree to your individual academic and career goals.
If you’re like many prospective students, you might be asking, “What can you do with a biology degree?” Well, that depends on which track you take and where you want to end up after graduation.
The Bachelor of Arts in Biology lets students dive into the study of cell and molecular biology, plant and animal science and population biology. In addition, the BA in biology even includes competency in a foreign language.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology will help you build a solid foundation for admission to graduate or professional school, or for employment in the field upon graduation.
Our biology degree programs will provide you with:
- A customized biology degree: Our Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Biology let you tailor your biology degree to your goals by selecting a number of courses in a specific area of biology. You can also choose to focus on one of 10 options in biology sub-disciplines: Animal Behavior, Botany, Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, Medical Technology (Clinical/Medical/Laboratory Science), Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Pre-Optometry and Pre-Podiatry.
- Meaningful research: At the heart of our BS and BA in biology degrees is our dedication to putting you in the field and the lab to gain real-world experience in your specialty. We encourage our biology degree students to participate in student-faculty research projects.
- Flexibility and versatility: The BS in biology degree program will provide you with a flexible degree path that can prepare you for immediate employment, graduate school, or a professional program in a school of medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, optometry or podiatry.
- State-of-the-art facilities: As a student in our biology degree programs, you’ll have access to our cutting-edge classrooms and labs. These include the Biological Preserve, Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratories and Equipment Rooms, Cell Culture Facility, Light and Electron Microscopy Facilities, Plant Systematics Facilities, the Research Pond, Field Stations, Histological Laboratory and Botanical Glasshouse Facilities.
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Why Earn a Biology Degree from Millersville?
Our Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Biology programs combine theory and practical application to prepare you for the next step on your science journey — whether that’s research, education, medicine, or a path that’s as unique as you are. Other benefits of our biology degrees include:
- Faculty: We offer small class sizes with a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 to make sure that you can work closely with our highly respected biology faculty mentors. In the classroom or in the field, our faculty bring their extensive experience with them to inspire and prepare you for the many paths that you can follow after graduation.
- Accreditation: Millersville University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This means that your biology degree will be recognized nationally for meeting the highest standards of academic excellence and professional preparation.
- Affordability: We aim to make our biology degree accessible and affordable for any student who wishes to earn their BA or BS in biology degree. We therefore maintain a flat tuition rate, which means that you’ll never be charged hidden fees as you complete your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology.
- Location: An important part of the college experience is exploring and getting to know the surrounding city, and Millersville is only minutes away from Lancaster City. A cultural hub for the arts and recreation, Lancaster City is home to many galleries, restaurants and outdoor recreational spaces.
- Advising: As you progress through your degree program, you may wonder, “What can you do with a biology degree?” Fortunately, you’ll always have the dedicated support of our staff in the University College who can help you answer that question.
“One of the nice things about my biology degree is that I can customize it to what I want it to be. It’s sort of an amalgamation of all the different science fields.”- Annie Morris | Biology Degree, Class of ‘24
What Will You Learn in the Biology Degree Program?
Both our BA and BS in biology degree tracks will introduce you to the fundamental skills and tools within the study of biology — including research methods, writing and presenting, collaborating with your peers and understanding the natural sciences.
In addition to engaging courses, you’ll have opportunities for internships, study abroad, and field research, as well as the chance to present your finding at the Made in Millersville annual conference.
Areas of Study in the Biology Degree Program
Whether you are earning a BS or a BA in biology degree, you’ll take innovative courses covering fundamental and advanced topics in the sciences and related fields. Topics of study you can look forward to include:
- Genetics and Molecular Biology
What Can You Do With a Biology Degree?
Our BS and BA in biology degree programs are designed to prepare you for a wide variety of careers and graduate programs after graduation. By combining the breadth of a liberal arts education with chances to specialize your biology degree, we give you more freedom to choose the career path best suited to you.
Because of the vast number of careers that you could pursue with your biology degree, your salary depends on which path you choose to carve. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for professionals in biology is $70,000 — with biochemists and biophysicists making upwards of $104,000 a year.
Possible Career Paths with a Biology Degree
Our BA and BS in biology degree alumni work as:
- Molecular and Cellular Biologists
- Agricultural Technicians
- Environmental Restoration Planners
- Bioinformatics Scientists
- Biochemical Engineers
- Biomedical Engineers
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
- Biological Science Teachers
Exceptional Experiences: Biology Degree
As you complete your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology at Millersville, you can become part of our clubs and organizations dedicated to biology degree and science students. These include:
- Aesculapian Society
- Biology Club
- Conestoga Club
- Entomology Club
- Millersville University Society for Respiratory Care Practitioners
- Ocean Sciences Club
Related Programs at Millersville University
If you’re interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millersville, you may also want to learn more about these concentrations in biology and the sciences: