Bachelor's degree in Biology

Biology, the study the processes fundamental to all forms of life, is the fastest-growing field of science today. Biologists strive to answer questions that create, affect or alter life forms.

UA offers two degree options, BS in Biology and BS in Biomedical Science, to put you on your path to a career in fields like medicine and health care, the environment and climate change, law, government, teaching and research.

Two degree options

The Department of Biology at The University of Akron

B.S. in Biology

Our degree is designed to expose you to a broad base of biological knowledge, provide a depth of experience in advanced topics (including hands-on research) and develop competence in scientific discipline.

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The Department of Biology at The University of Akron

B.S. in Biomedical Science

Our pre-med/pre-professional degree is the most efficient path to medical school. Our program guides you through the appropriate coursework to prepare for your success on the MCAT and at medical or professional school.

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Why Akron?

Study Abroad through The University of Akron The Honors Complex at The University of Akron

Field experience

UA has its own living laboratory for environmental research, our UA Field Station.

  • 411 acres of terrestrial ecology near Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Houses the Bird Conservation Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
  • Work with local schools and promote environmental awareness in the community.
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Study Abroad

Work alongside world-class faculty on substantive short-term study abroad trips offered most semesters.

  • Gain greater skills outside of the comfort of campus with rewarding hands-on experience.
  • Apply classroom learning to help faculty researchers who are working to unlock the mysteries of biology in real time.
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The Honors Complex at The University of Akron

Research experience

Undergraduates get hands-on extended research experience through our Tiered Mentoring Program.

  • Feel more connected to your discipline early on.
  • Medical and professional schools highly value research experience when selecting candidates for their programs.
  • Develop personal relationships with the faculty and mentors.
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Student spotlight

Biology undergraduate student in the at The University of Akron
—Logan Usher
B.S. in Biology, '19
Biology at UA is so much more than just classes. The opportunity to work on research defined my undergraduate career. Working with Dr. Astley on snake locomotion and biomechanics has taught me so much about the research process, technology and how to work with animals. The tiered mentoring program has options for anyone in biology, from working with bones and cadavers, to zebrafish or bacteria... it helped me develop professionally and was so much fun!”
—Logan Usher
B.S. in Biology, '19

What can you do with a biology degree?

Recent UA grads with a B.S. in Biology make an average starting salary of $40,688.

UA graduates have become physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, patent attorneys, high school teachers and university professors, as well as conducting a variety of biological research in firms such as Enviroscience, Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio EPA, Ohio Nature Conservancy and Ohio DNR.

On-campus resources

Biology advisors

  • Advisors will help you plan which biology track is right for you and your career goals.
  • Advisors help you choose classes and when to schedule them.

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