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Program at a Glance

College of Sciences
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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Explore Novel Biological Research and Thrive Beyond the Classroom

Major in biology and get a background in chemical, mathematical, and physical sciences, as well as broad preparation in the biological sciences. The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program at UCF allows you to choose coursework in general biology or select a track in one of five areas. Through electives selected with the help of your faculty advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to work in subspecialties, including molecular biology, conservation biology and marine biology. Additionally this program can prepare you for a future in human or veterinary medicine and other professional degrees.

Program coursework helps you develop critical thinking skills and exposes you to a wide variety of scientific knowledge from various biology subdisciplines. You’ll learn skills related to the conduct of science, including hypothesis testing, experimental design, accessing and understanding scientific literature, analyzing data, as well as laboratory and field skills specific to certain scientific areas. Plus, through independent study contracts, gain first-hand experience and exposure to specialized topics beyond the classroom.

The diverse background and training that you’ll receive through the biology program opens the door to numerous opportunities after completing your degree — from human health to environmental science to conservation. You can also continue on to more advanced study in medical, biomedical, life sciences, and other disciplines.

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The Biology Department’s Marine Turtle Research Group monitors one the world’s most important nesting beaches for threatened loggerhead and green sea turtles.
The UCF Biology department is home to numerous research labs and facilities, including the Arboretum, Bug Closet, Greenhouse, Herbarium, among others.
Biology occupations are projected to grow 10% through 2029.
The median earnings for biology graduates is $96,000.

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Course Overview

General Biology 1

Gain insight on the cellular and chemical basis of life, genetics and the theory of evolution. Emphasis on problem solving, analysis, synthesis of information and applying data effectively.

Expand on what you learned in General Biology 1. You’ll explore organismal anatomy and physiology as it relates to biodiversity, ecology and evolution. Emphasis on problem solving, analysis, synthesis of information and applying data effectively.

Learn the elements of ecosystems, biogeochemical cycling, environmental factor interactions, population dynamics and community development.

Biology Skills You’ll Learn

  • Explore many of the broad concepts that underpin our understanding of the natural world.
  • Gain experience implementing the scientific method, including hypothesis testing, experimental design, accessing and understanding the scientific literature and analyzing data.
  • Acquire the knowledge and practical skills needed to be highly competitive for exceptional career opportunities following graduation or continue on to a graduate degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Scientist
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Biological Scientist
  • Life Scientist
  • Data Science Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

News and Updates

Student Life
UCF Doctoral Scholar Named National Science Foundation Biology Fellow
The award will help William Beckerson study mind-control fungus found in Florida ants, which could provide clues to treat neurological disorders.
Science & Technology
UCF Study Finds Smaller Turtles are Nesting on Florida Beaches
The findings give clues to the health and status of the threatened species.
From Pet Store Employee to International Conservation Biology Research Pioneer
UCF post-doctoral scholar Roisin Stanbrook turns her love of bugs into a mission to save the planet.
Science & Technology
UCF 25th Among Public Universities in the Nation and 60th in the World for Producing Patents
Steady progress comes from increase in research activity in health, engineering and more.

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