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Biology

Major Information

The degree programs in biology at Georgia Southern offer a broad education in the sciences with a special depth in biology. The flexibility of the programs permits preparation for entrance to professional or graduate programs, or employment in the field. The B.A. in biology allows students with broader interests to pursue additional coursework toward a minor of their choice, while the B.S.B. in biology contains additional in-depth biology providing a strong foundation for more advanced post-graduate studies.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.S.B.)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology (B.A.)
  • Master of Science in Biology (M.S.)

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Agriculturalist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Behavioral
  • Neuroscientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Botanist
  • Cognitive
  • Neuroscientist
  • Coroner
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental
  • Analyst
  • Environmental
  • Attorney
  • Environmental
  • Ecologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forester
  • General Practitioner
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Geneticist
  • Histologist
  • Horticulturist
  • Limnologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Examiner
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Microbiologist
  • Mycologist
  • Neurologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Ornithologist
  • Pathologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physiologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Surgeon
  • Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist

Sample Work Settings

  • Agricultural Firms-Research
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Chemical, Drug & Allied Product Firms
  • Educational Institutions
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Fisheries
  • Food Product Firms
  • Forestry Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Landscaping Companies
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Natural History Museums
  • Park Service
  • Pet Stores
  • Pharmaceutical Firms/Co.
  • Public Health
  • Research Organizations
  • State & National Parks
  • Wastewater Facilities
  • Zoos
  • Agriculture
  • Animal & Plant Health Inspection
  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Wildlife Preserves
  • US Federal Drug Administration
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Department of Interior
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish & Wildlife
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Park Service

Sample Employers

  • Abbott
  • Atlanta Zoo
  • AstraZeneca
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Cobb County Schools
  • DaVita
  • Disney World
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Merial
  • Memorial Health
  • Northside Hospital
  • Quintiles
  • SeaWorld
  • SNF Holding
  • US Army
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2
bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

Salary.Com

www.salary.com

Professional Organizations

American Society for Microbiology

www.asm.org

American Medical Association

www.ama-assn.org

Biotechnical Industry Organization

www.bio.org

Society for Neuroscience

www.sfn.org

American Institute of Biological Sciences

www.aibs.org

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

www.aza.org

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

  • Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) – National Collegiate Honor Society for Biology
  • Parasitology Club
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Student Alliance for a Green Earth (SAGE)

Tips

  • Get involved with faculty-supported undergraduate research
  • Present at a university-level or professional association supported event
  • Look to complete an internship or summer research opportunity
  • Plan ahead and decide if graduate or professional school is needed early
  • Seek out tutoring or teaching assistant opportunities

Last updated: 7/26/2022