Biology is the study of living organisms: their structure, function, organization, origin, and evolution. The advent of CRISPR genome editing now opens up a wide range of new organisms to mechanistic investigation, increasing not only the taxonomic breadth of current research but also the scope of biological problems amenable to study. The neuroscience major incorporates psychology, biology and chemistry studies to examine how the brain and nervous system interact with human behavior. Many biology graduates pursue opportunities outside the science, education and health sectors in industries such as business, finance, the civil service, marketing and sales.
Knowing the biological processes and functions of life is essential to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation in life. This accredited BSc (Hons) Biology degree gives you the knowledge and skills to apply your interest in the science of life and living organisms. While the basic skills developed during an undergraduate biology degree are transferrable to many industries, many of the most sought-after biology careers do require higher levels of academic study.
Basic Biology will introduce you to the fascinating study of the life on Earth. You can’t study cellular biology without knowing biochemistry and molecular biology as well. I have always loved being in the outdoors, and I wanted a major where I could learn in it, not just about it. Studying biology has been a great way for me to apply what I learn in class to meaningful field experiences. We offer a broad range of learning opportunities, including traditional classroom experiences, hands-on experiences in the field and the laboratory, independent study, and full student engagement in research.
The environmental studies and environmental science majors examine environmental challenges faced by humans from an array of perspectives, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, geography, geology, history and philosophy. All students are encouraged to participate in an independent study or Honors project, in which you can work closely with a member of the biology faculty on a research topic.
We are committed to providing students with a broad exposure to biological processes and systems and a deep understanding of biology at environmental, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. The options system in the second and third years allows students to study either a general background encompassing a comprehensive range of topics, or specialise in detailed aspects of animals, plants, cells or ecology.
The fields within biology are further divided based on the scale at which organisms are studied and the methods used to study them: biochemistry examines the fundamental chemistry of life; molecular biology studies the complex interactions of systems of biological molecules; cellular biology examines the basic building block of all life, the cell; physiology examines the physical and chemical functions of the tissues and organ systems of an organism; and ecology examines how various organisms interrelate.
Biology is one of the largest majors at Dickinson, home to 14 faculty members with research expertise in ecology, molecular genetics, cell biology, plant biology, animal physiology, microbiology, neuroscience, bioinformatics and evolution. The survival of a living organism depends on the continuous input of energy Chemical reactions that are responsible for its structure and function are tuned to extract energy from substances that act as its food and transform them to help form new cells and sustain them.