Biology Undergraduate

Hands-on

Our students get hands on training both in the laboratory and in the field.

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With a degree in biology, you will be nationally competitive for graduate and professional programs. Both areas of emphasis allow you to pursue interdisciplinary careers, such as public policy, pharmaceutical development and sales, and bioethics.

Majors

Biology: Bachelor of Science

Students majoring in Biology may choose to specialize in either Conservation and Biodiversity or Molecular Biology and Physiology.

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Medical Biology: Bachelor of Science

The Medical Biology Degree is designed to prepare you for admission into medical school and other health care professional programs, including dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy and podiatry.

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Biology: B.S. with Secondary Education Certification

For a teaching major in Biology, complete the Biology degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

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Sustainability: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Students majoring in Sustainability may choose to specialize in either Natural Sciences or Social Sciences.

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Minors

Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • The student experience at USD can extend far beyond science. Biology major Liz Berg has co-led a trip to Seattle this past year focused on sustainable solutions to hunger.

  • The purpose of this club is to make more people aware of conservation efforts, have speakers highlight possible jobs attainable with a biology degree and help students get connected to research projects.

  • Melissa Prince is working on understanding aggressive interactions using a mouse model. Her young career has been quite successful as she has already presented 2 posters at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.

After Graduation

Our program provides an excellent science background for a wide range of careers. You'll find USD biology graduates working in the following careers.

Potential Careers
Recent Employers
Emergency Room Physician’s Assistant Sanford Hospital, Vermillion
Environmental Lawyer Washington, D.C.
Sustainability Technician City of Sioux Falls, SD
Behavioral Ecology PhD Candidate Iowa State University
Zookeeper Kansas City Zoo
Biology Success Story

Success Stories

USD and its alumni have provided me with many unbelievable experiences. Alexa Duling, 2012 Graduate