Why Study Biology?


Because of its focus on problem solving, the biology major prepares students for careers as industrial or governmental biologists and research technicians. Biology graduates are also prepared for graduate study in a broad range of areas leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees and for professional schools in dentistry, medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy.

Why earn your biology degree at Penn State Behrend?

  • Penn State Behrend has a number of state-of-the-art biology laboratories, including an anatomy/physiology lab, a bones lab, and a confocal microscope lab. Students also benefit from Penn State Behrend's natural setting, including an on-campus arboretum, and proximity to Lake Erie for outdoor research opportunities.
  • Small class sizes foster close student-professor relationships.
  • Faculty typically have doctorates. Lectures and labs are taught by faculty, not graduate students.
  • Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available for academic credit.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects. Research helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Students often comment on how much better they understand what has been taught in the classroom when they apply their knowledge to answer questions. Students with research experience have a competitive edge upon graduation whether the student is interested in applying for jobs or graduate or professional schools.