Current Students

Undergraduate Degrees, Options & Minors

We want you to be an active agent in your own education. Our undergraduate degree programs prepare you to be a scientifically critical thinker, explorer and skilled biologist.

  • You might determine gender of birds using molecular markers, or slog around in a tropical mangrove or red maple swamp following a bird with a radio transmitter.
  • In the expansive natural laboratory surrounding the University, you might study the impact of humans on remote, high elevation ponds or freshwater jellyfish in New Hampshire lakes. Or you might study changes in tree species composition along an elevation gradient by climbing local mountains.
  • You might study a variety of cells with electron microscopy and electron microscopic tomography.
  • At an experimental forest just 15 miles from campus, you might conduct nondestructive studies in one of the premier ecosystem study sites in the world.

Degree Programs and Options

  • Biology, Bachelor of Arts
  • Biology, Bachelor of Science
  • Environmental Biology, Bachelor of Science

Minors

  • Biology
  • Neuroscience

Student Outcomes

Students who complete degree programs in the Plymouth State University Department of Biological Sciences will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the scientific method as the means to increase understanding of the natural world through hypothesis-testing. Our BS programs require more background in chemistry and physics in support of this outcome, while our BA program allows for greater breadth.
  2. An aptitude for critically reading scientific literature, including primary research journals.
  3. Proficiency in writing, especially in scientific format.
  4. An ability to present scientific information orally with emphasis on clear interpretation of scientific data.
  5. Proficiency in techniques specific to a subdiscipline of biology, including but not limited to laboratory, field, and statistical techniques.
  6. An understanding of the critical issues facing the environment at local, regional, national, and global scales.
  7. Biological literacy allowing for the evaluation of new information and emerging issues.
  8. Readiness for post-graduate experiences in graduate school, professional school, or biology employment.

Career Paths

Biologists study living organisms and their relationships to their environment. Most specialize in some area and become botanists, zoologists, aquatic scientists, medical scientists, and biology educators.  Many work in research and development conducting basic research to advance knowledge of living organisms, including viruses. There are as many areas of study as there are job opportunities. For more information, visit Career Services in the Global Education Office.

Sample Job Titles

  • Biochemist
  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Fishery Biologist
  • High School Science Teacher
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Zoologist
  • Veterinarian

See the U.S. Department of Labor Outlook for a complete list.

Useful Skills for Jobs in the Biology Field

  • Skills in research, data collection, laboratory techniques
  • Ability to problem-solve and think critically
  • Written and verbal communication skills to convey technical and scientific data to both scientific and non-scientific communities