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Biology (B.A.) (B.S.)

Bloom graduates are employed in a wide spectrum of careers or continue their studies in professional, medical, and graduate schools following their undergraduate studies in biology. No matter the path you choose, your future in the biological sciences awaits!

Degrees & Offerings
  • Minor
  • B.A.
  • B.S.
Program Contact
Chair of the Department of Biology, Associate Professor of Biology and Jessica S. & Stephen R. Kozloff Faculty Fellow
Professor of Biology
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Biology (B.A.)

Bloomsburg University's Bachelor of Arts in Biology program provides a firm background in biology and cognate sciences while allowing for other interests to be pursued. Biology (B.A.) majors may select an option in Natural History. Students earning a degree in Secondary Education Biology may earn a B.A. in Biology as well. This degree, which provides a strong background in the biological sciences, has considerable flexibility and is a good choice for students who want to double-major or minor in another academic discipline.

Natural History

Prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria, science museums, and environmental education centers. This program includes a strong background in organismal and field biology with supporting coursework in geology and anthropology. The flexibility in this degree allows you to select courses that will prepare you to interact with the public.

Biology (B.S.)

Bloomsburg University's Bachelor of Science in Biology program provides a rigorous background in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. This program meets your needs if you plan to enter graduate or professional school in the natural sciences, and wish to seek employment in the private sector and government agencies. Biology (B.S.) students may choose to specialize, electing an option in environmental biology, molecular biology, or pre-medical sciences (pre-med).

Ecology, Conservation and Field Biology

This degree provides a strong background in the biological sciences and chemistry, physics, geology, and math working environmental biologists need. The requirements and electives are tailored to develop skills in ecology, field biology, and environmental sciences. This program prepares students for careers in environmental protection, natural resource management, and conservation with state and federal agencies and conservation organizations.

Molecular Biology

This degree provides a strong background in the biological sciences and the chemistry, physics, and math working biologists need. The biology requirements and electives are tailored to develop skills in molecular biology and biotechnology. This program prepares students for careers with biotechnology companies; it is also excellent preparation for work in forensics labs.

Pre-Medical (Pre-Med) Sciences

This degree provides outstanding preparation for medical, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, and dental schools. Students completing this program have an over 90 percent acceptance rate to professional schools. Students in this major work closely with the Pre-Professional Committee to meet the requirements for professional study.

Biology (Minor)

The minor in biology is designed to broaden and expand the knowledge of students especially those in biology-related curricula. The requirements for a minor are a total of at least 18 hours of semester credit.

3+2 Program

The master of science degree is rapidly becoming the professional working degree in biology. Answering the growing need for advanced graduate-level preparation for students, the accelerated, combined bachelor's and master's curriculum in biology implements a focused career development tract emphasizing advanced laboratory, field, and career skills.

We offer a seamless progression of coursework from our undergraduate to graduate level, culminating in both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Pursue graduate work early in your academic career, and enter the job market with the credentials most likely to help you secure a position and advance in your career. Pursuing these credentials in traditional, stand-alone bachelor's and master's degree programs would require a minimum of six years of study. In contrast, the accelerated program at Bloomsburg can be completed in only five years.

Courses and Curriculum

Cellular Biology and Molecular Genomics

Ecology and Environmental Conservation


General Biology: BA / BS

Marine Biology

Natural History

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

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Bloomsburg Because


We strive to provide hands-on, real-world science experience to our students. This includes many opportunities to work in a real laboratory or field-based setting, experiencing how scientific investigation really works. Students work side-by-side with faculty, other undergraduate students, and graduate researchers to design, execute and analyze real-life experiments and studies.

Undergraduate students can volunteer in research laboratories, do research for academic credit as part of the focused elective selection, and in some cases as a funded professional experience opportunity. BAHS students are encouraged to explore research opportunities with faculty as early as their first semester, as part of their freshman seminar course, and can explore faculty research fields of study and potential projects through our online gallery. Research experiences provide students with analytical and problem-solving skills which are not only valuable for future researchers, but also for any student planning for careers in STEM, including the health sciences.

Biological and Allied Health Science Research Overview

The Husky Difference

Biology major studies in the Academic Biology Learning Environment lab
From day one, you'll have a resource as you take your first intro biology courses to study individually or in groups, get tutoring, and learn together with faculty.
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College of Distinction
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Pre-Med Deep Dive

Alumna takes accelerated plan to medical school

Alumna takes accelerated plan to medical school

It was five years ago when Oriana Balascio '21/22M discovered another meaningful way to focus her passion for science. Her initial interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in cancer biology shifted to medicine. After completing Bloomsburg’s 3+2 accelerated B.S./M.S. biology program her next step landed at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, her top choice.

Biology Contacts

Kate Beishline

Kate Beishline, Ph.D.

  • Chair of the Department of Biology, Associate Professor of Biology and Jessica S. & Stephen R. Kozloff Faculty Fellow
Abby Hare-Harris

Abby Hare, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Biology, Graduate Program Academic Coordinator

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