Biology is the study of life and organisms, which includes everything from identification to evolution. Biology is a broad subject that allows for many specializations. Delaware Valley University is one of the few private colleges in the country that offers an array of biology-related programs, from animal science to conservation to agronomy. This gives students who are looking to pursue a biology degree the opportunity to customize an academic program that will best fit their educational path.
In addition to a wide selection of classes covering a spectrum of biology specializations, students will have access to advanced laboratory instruments and equipment, as well as a number of natural study areas on or near campus.
Biology Degree Specializations
Students can choose from a large selection of elective courses that focus in several different biology specializations. These specializations include the following:
- Botany - Botany focuses on the study of taxonomy and the applied uses of plants. Courses focus on plant physiology, plant anatomy and plant communities, and include classes such as Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology and Plant Propagation, to name a few.
- Ecology/Environmental Biology - Ecology and environmental biology are studies that focus on subjects such as animal biology, plant biology, soils, wildlife conservation, ecology and aquatic ecology. Classes include Soil Classification, Plant Communities, Hydrogeology and more.
- Microbiology and Biotechnology - Microbiology and biotechnology are areas of study focusing on biology within the laboratory environment. Courses focus on microbiology, molecular biology, physiology and statistics and include classes such as Food Microbiology and Plant Cell and Tissue Culture.
- Pre-Professional Biology - Pre-professional biology focuses on courses that are designed for students to continue their education in graduate or professional school. Courses focus on cell biology, histology, immunology, microbiology and physiology.
- Zoology - Zoology focuses on animal biology and includes courses that focus on amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates and mammals. Some of the classes offered to students focusing on zoology include Animal Husbandry Techniques, Wildlife Management and Clinical Pathology.
Biology Career Opportunities
Students who graduate with a biology degree at Delaware Valley University will be prepared to pursue several different careers in biology. Previous graduates have established careers in fields that include veterinary medicine, human health care, the pharmaceutical industry, various government agencies (including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency), the national park service, environmental consulting firms, zoos and the education sector.