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Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Studying Biology: The UC Advantage

Biology at Utica CollegeThe biology major at Utica College allows you to learn about life science by becoming an active scientist. The program emphasizes the process of interpreting and creating biological knowledge by enabling students to design and implement their own research projects and to become involved in faculty research programs.  

Biology students benefit from extremely personalized training and an innovative curriculum that features a strong focus on research methodology, hands-on learning, and rich opportunities for both laboratory and field research.


The biology major begins with general biology and research methods courses during the freshman year, followed by foundational study in: 
  • Cellular/Molecular Biology
  • Population Biology
  • Structural/Functional Biology
  • Organismal Biology
... as well as upper-level biology electives and a three-credit senior-level integrated biological experience.  

For specific program details, see academic requirements >

Program Student Learning Goals

Career Outcomes

UC's biology major prepares you for career-path opportunities in five major areas:
  • Medical (graduate study in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, public health, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, physician’s assistant, audiologist/speech therapist)
  • Teaching (college, secondary, elementary, drug counseling) 
  • Research (academic, government, private), 
  • Environmental (forestry, wildlife management, park management, range management, pollution measurement and control)
  • Commercial (laboratory equipment and pharmaceutical sales, technical writing)
Graduates of UC's biology program have taken leadership positions at:
  • Biogen
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Akonni Biosystems
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Cornell University
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • General Electric
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • IBM