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Biology (B.S.)

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The study of life: evolution, structure, function, information flow, pathways and biological systems.

The biology major can prepare students for entry into occupations related to life science in industry and government. Students select from microbiology, botany and animal-based classes based on their desired career path.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about life.
  • Enjoy problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Appreciate science and the scientific method.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical researcher
  • Industrial or agricultural analyst
  • Physician or other health-care professional
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Specialization in graduate school

Recent Employers

  • Iowa State Veterinary Medicine
  • Poet
  • Avera Research
  • Graduate schools
  • Military

Internship Opportunities

  • Sanford Research Institute
  • Avera Research Institute
  • POET
  • Henry Dorley Zoo
  • Local vet clinics

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.