Grow your knowledge of the living world and prepare for a future career in healthcare, research, teaching and other biological science fields with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hilbert College. With lessons and laboratory experiences built to provide a broad foundation in the natural sciences, our biology program offers you the option to pursue a minor in one of three areas—pre-health, biotechnology and biochemistry—and guides you to a career path that values strengthening communities through service.
If you have an interest in science, nature and the intricate structures and functions of living things, then a career in biology may be a great choice for you. At Hilbert College, students in our Bachelor of Arts in Biology program gain a foundational knowledge of core biology subjects such as microbiology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and human anatomy as well as biology-related fields that include chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Through rigorous coursework and hands-on laboratory experiences, our biology program graduates become well positioned for careers in the fields of health and research. You may choose to work your entire career in these fields having earned a bachelor’s degree, or you may opt to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate to advance to the most prestigious positions—and highest salaries—these fields have to offer.
Hilbert’s bachelor’s degree in biology can be the credential you need to get your start in a broad range of potential career paths, including teaching, research and medical positions in fields such as health care, agriculture, environmental preservation, veterinary medicine and forensics. Whether you aspire to enter a professional field directly or use your bachelor’s in biology as the foundation for advanced study leading to an MS or PhD, our Bachelor of Arts in Biology program can serve you well.
Think you might like to take your education further and pursue an advanced degree? Our bachelor’s in biology can prepare you for that with Pre-Health Professional programs designed to support your progress toward a career in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dental, optometry and veterinary medicine as well as advanced degrees in fields such as genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology and neuroscience.
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A bachelor’s degree in biology can be your gateway to a wide variety of career opportunities, including:
The median annual salary for life, physical, and social science occupations was $72,740 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage of $45,760 for all occupations.
Here are some examples of the careers you may pursue with a bachelor’s degree in biology along with their median salaries and potential job growth*:
Medical and Health Services Manager
Median Salary: $101,340
Number of Jobs: 480,700
Projected Growth: 28% from 2021 to 2031
Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales Representative
Median Salary: $94,840
Number of Jobs: 1,597,600
Projected Growth: 5% from 2021 to 2031
Agricultural or Food Scientist
Median Salary: $74,160
Number of Jobs: 37,300
Projected Growth: 8% from 2021 to 2031
Median Salary: $76,530
Number of Jobs: 80,000
Projected Growth: 5% from 2021 to 2031
Median Salary: $48,140
Number of Jobs: 84,300
Projected Growth: 9% from 2021 to 2031
Forensic Science Technician
Median Salary: $61,930
Number of Jobs: 17,600
Projected Growth: 11% from 2021 to 2031
*Salary, growth, and job numbers info based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment for life, physical and social science occupations is projected to grow 7% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall, this job sector will see an average of about 147,900 total job openings each year from growth and replacement needs.
At Hilbert, we embrace our students as family and do everything we can to propel them to success academically and socially. As a student in our Bachelor of Arts in Biology program, you will enjoy:
Our Pre-Professional programs (Dental, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine) provide focused undergraduate curricula to prepare you for a professional program upon graduation. Although these programs offer no guarantees of admission, the Pre-Professional program requirements are geared to position you for application to a professional program. For example, you will have access to a Pre-Professional program advisor who can inform you about the application process, specific admissions tests and curricular and cocurricular activities that enhance your competitive edge when applying to professional schools.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Biology program at Hilbert College combines lectures and laboratory learning experiences in both its core and elective courses. Typically, the program requires 39 credits of biology-related coursework and 33 credits of physics, chemistry and mathematics. The required courses offered within the major cover various biological fields, allowing you to study areas of personal interest more thoroughly.
You will also have the opportunity to complete an honors project or perform independent research with a faculty member in the Natural Sciences and Math Department, which will help you develop additional skills and provide other opportunities to apply the acquired knowledge to your chosen career path. Our program also offers several other biology courses to non-majors that relate to biological concepts in the context of issues that society is facing today, such as global warming, climate change, GMOs, etc.
The program requires 39 credits of biology-related coursework and 33 credits of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. The remaining 48 credits can be fulfilled by general education and liberal arts electives. All science courses with a lab in the program are four credits. Students develop essential laboratory skills to conduct scientific experiments using modern scientific instruments and equipment.
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