Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The BS degree program in biological sciences with a concentration in genetics, cell and developmental biology integrates the study of three exciting, closely related areas of life science research. Genetics examines the blueprints of life, such as DNA sequence and gene expression, while cell biology studies the machinery of life enclosed within the boundaries of cells. Developmental biology uses both genetics and cell biology to understand how genes and the environment interact to produce a whole new individual from a single cell as well as the various developmental changes that organisms undergo throughout life. The combined study of genetics, cell biology and development has resulted in a better understanding of many diseases and promises to prove even more important in the future.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

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Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology) (BS)
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Career Outlook

Students who pursue this concentration have a variety of career options. This degree provides the fundamental coursework necessary for admission into medical, dental, veterinarian, pharmacy or graduate schools or any of the health professions. There also are many employment opportunities that can be pursued upon receipt of the Bachelor of Science with this concentration:

  • animal breeder technician
  • bioinformaticist
  • biotechnologist
  • cell culture specialist
  • cloning technician
  • crime lab technician
  • cytotechnologist
  • drug design technician
  • food and drug inspector
  • genetic counselor
  • histologist
  • in-vitro fertilization technician
  • plant improvement specialist
  • teacher
  • technical writer
  • vaccine development technician

Students in this concentration program learn critical-thinking skills that can be applied to many scientific problems and professions as well as to the challenges of daily life. Students are encouraged to engage in independent research projects or internship opportunities in order to develop a better sense of how science is done.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Cytotechnologists 14%$59,430
Family and General Practitioners10.2%$180,180
Fuel Cell Engineers 5.3%$83,060
Fuel Cell Technicians -0.2%$61,580
Geneticists -0.4%$74,720
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians 14%$59,430
Water Resource Specialists 3.3%$120,050
Life Scientists, All Other7.2%$69,100
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists8.3%$79,930
Medical and Health Services Managers 16.9%$92,810
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720
Physical Therapists 34%$82,390
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Biochemists and Biophysicists8.2%$84,940
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 14.9%#
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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