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. She also is coauthor on a paper that we just published in Physiology & Behavior. She will submit an abstract for the SfN meeting and be coauthor another.

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

  • Emergency Room Physician’s Assistant
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Sustainability Technician
  • Behavioral Ecology PhD Candidate
  • Zookeeper
  • Senior Microbiology Technician

Recent Employers

  • Sanford Hospital, Vermillion
  • Washington, D.C.
  • City of Sioux Falls, SD
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Vanguard Sciences, North Sioux City
Success Stories

Success Stories

I knew instantly that USD really was the best school for me. Jordana Lamb, 2013 Graduate