The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Biology are both Purdue University degrees offered in the Department of Biology.
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life through the observation of structure, function, reproduction, growth, origin, evolution, and behavior of living organisms and their relation to their natural environment.
Geneticists, molecular biologists, and physiologists have provided valuable insight into how cells and systems function. Biologists help improve human life in many ways, including the discovery of antibiotics and other medicines, a better understanding of the cellular processes leading to cancer, and the development of new crops. Studying biology provides a background for students to evaluate and understand new discoveries and to make informed decisions in the use of scientific knowledge to benefit all living organisms.
You’ll apply what you learn in a capstone experience, which is an independent, creative effort that builds on your work in the major. The capstone could be a research project, independent study, a practicum, a seminar, and/or a field experience.
The career opportunities are nearly endless for biology majors, especially now, with the rise of the biotechnology industry and the sequencing of the human genome. Our graduates begin careers in gene sequencing, drug testing and development, immunology, agriculture, and in all molecular, cellular and developmental areas.
The Bachelor of Arts integrates science with the arts and humanities. It is designed to prepare students for careers in fields such as business; environmental science; and policy, law, medicine, or other allied health fields. The Bachelor of Arts offers a broader-based education with more required humanities and liberal arts courses.
The Bachelor of Science prepares students for graduate study as well as admission to medical/dental school. The Bachelor of Science generally requires more science hours. You can compare the required courses for each in the IUPUI bulletin.