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College of Sciences
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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

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A Google co-founder and other changemakers have received these awards in the past. Two of the awardees graduate this spring.
From the ‘Smithsonian’ Magazine to the Tonight Show, UCF Research has a Big Year in the News
UCF’s Top 10 research stories focused on work that battled threats and sought out opportunities to advance us as a species.

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