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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

Undergraduate and Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees

  • 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 which expose students to all areas of biology while allowing each student flexibility when entering the job market.

Minors and Concentrations

  • 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.

  • Biomedical Science

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The biomedical sciences concentration supports students that are interested in pursuing a career in health-related professions. This concentration allows for flexibility in course selection, thereby accommodating many students with diverse interests in health fields including medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry, and medical research.

  • Biotechnology

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The biotechnology concentration provides the theoretical and practical skills needed for employment or graduate education in the field of cell and molecular biology or biotechnology. The creation of a consumer/research/medical product or device using a living organism (biotechnology) requires the knowledge of specialized laboratory techniques on current instrumentation in use in research and industry. Broad application of exacting laboratory standards and validation of procedures are explored, as well as the understanding of different model systems used to create and study these products.

  • Environmental Biology

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The environmental biology concentration includes courses in both biology and other environmentally-related fields such as geology, geography, ethics, and the social sciences. In the process of completing a degree in biology in this concentration, each student has the opportunity to select courses in other related areas that support the specific goals and interests of the student.

  • Marine Biology

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The marine biology concentration provides a broad science background supported by observations of marine organisms and their environment. The ocean and marshes of the North Shore offer a unique learning laboratory.

  • Medical Technology

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The medical technology concentration includes several academic courses required by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students who intend to become certified as clinical laboratory professionals, [MLS (ASCP)], need to obtain work experience at a certified clinical laboratory site.

  • 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. 

  • Aquaculture

    Concentration
    Undergraduate

    The aquaculture concentration focuses on the controlled cultivation and harvest of aquatic plants and animals. Students will gain practical skills in the husbandry of aquatic organisms through applying knowledge gained from courses in biology, chemistry, business, and other disciplines. Skills learned will provide graduates a hands-on appreciation of the aquatic environment and aquaculture systems. Graduates will have the skills needed to set-up and operate their own facility, to work at a private or public hatchery and to pursue employment in a parallel field such as resource management, fisheries biology, marine, or environmental science.

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