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Students in our biology programs complete a strong, general series of biology and support courses which allows pursuit of a wide variety of careers such as professional work (physician, dentist, veterinarian), governmental work, (EPA, National Fisheries), field work (oceanographer, wildlife specialist), high school teaching, industrial or clinical research and aquaculture.

Many biology majors continue into graduate programs in a specialized subfield. It is the goal of the department to provide solid biology degrees which expose students to all areas of biology while allowing each student flexibility when entering the job market.

Biology Beyond the Classroom

Degree Programs

  • Biology

    BA
    Undergraduate

    The bachelor of arts (BA) in biology exposes students to a broad background in the discipline. Students need to complete 12 credits in a foreign language and do not need to complete a year of Physics. The general program provides each student with a solid foundation in all areas of the biological sciences and the training to enter the workforce, continue with graduate study in biology, or enter a post-baccalaureate program in one of the health professions.

  • Biology

    BS
    Undergraduate

    The bachelor of science (BS) in biology exposes students to a broad background in the discipline including required courses in chemistry and physics. Students complete a strong, general series of biology and support courses which allows pursuit of a wide variety of careers such as professional work (physician, dentist, veterinarian), governmental work, (EPA, National Fisheries), field work (oceanographer, wildlife specialist), high school teaching, industrial or clinical research, aquaculture, etc.

    Many biology majors continue into graduate programs in a specialized subfield. It is the goal of the department to provide solid biology degrees that expose students to all areas of biology while allowing each student flexibility when entering the job market.

    If they wish, students may select one of the specialized options offered under the bachelor of science in biology major including biomedical science, biotechnology, environmental biology, and marine biology and aquaculture.

    Learn more about the BS in Biology.

  • Human Biology

    Minor
    Undergraduate

    This minor is specially designed for nursing, SMS, social work, sociology, and psychology majors although a student with any major other than Biology may follow this minor. Please see the biology chairperson for acceptance into this minor.

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The Salem State Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) concentration is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). and enables students to complete the on-campus component in three years and spend their fourth year (and preceding summer) in the nuclear medicine laboratories of affiliated hospitals. Registration for the summer component is through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Completion of the program leads to a BS in biology with a concentration in nuclear medicine technology and prepares the student for examinations leading to national certification as a nuclear medicine technologist. More information about program outcomes is available. The nuclear medicine technology concentration enables students to complete the on-campus component in three years and spend their fourth year (and preceding summer) in the nuclear medicine laboratories of affiliated hospitals. Registration for the summer component is through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Completion of the program leads to a BS in biology with a concentration in nuclear medicine technology and prepares the student for examinations leading to national certification as a nuclear medicine technologist. Learn more. 

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