Why Study Biology?

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At its simplest level, biology is the study of living organisms. A degree in biology gives you access to a variety of career options and is a great option for students planning to pursue medical, dental, pharmacy or other advanced degrees. At UW-River Falls, our award-winning biology department provides access to hands-on learning opportunities including internships, cutting-edge technology and research work as early as your first semester.


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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the language and significance of scientific information in the field of biology.
  • Verify scientific knowledge and recognize the importance of detail, accuracy and honesty in scientific reporting.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentation, scientific writing and laboratory safety skills.
  • Gain experience with modern research and scientific methods.
  • Develop proficiency with state-of-the-art equipment and data interpretation.

Types of Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biological Evolution
  • Botany
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • General Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Human Heredity
  • Microbiology
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Potential Careers

Many biology majors attend graduate or medical school after earning their undergraduate degree, while others enter the workforce. Examples of careers biology graduates pursue include:

  • Biology Teacher
  • Dentist, Medical Doctor or Physician’s Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist or Laboratory Research Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist or Chiropractor
  • Surgical Assistant
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist or Conservation Warden

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