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Biology (BS)

Professor Dr. Amy Obringer teaching biology students.

Why study biology?

USF’s Biology program is both comprehensive and personalized. As a Biology major, you’ll develop strong foundational knowledge in a supportive and personalized learning environment.

Our expansive curriculum will prepare you to explore various specialties and career options — in medicine, environmental science, or laboratory work. You can develop real-world skills through research, service, and internships.

Success Through

Expert Teaching

You’ll be taught and inspired by faculty who are experts in the field. Your Biology professors are all research scientists with backgrounds in cellular biology, environmental science, aquatic ecology, human anatomy and physiology, mammalian anatomy and physiology, marine biology, microbiology, and zoo work.


Your professors will know, support, and guide you.


  • Internships: Shadow medical professionals, work in a lab, at the zoo, or in the field. We’ll help you find the ideal opportunity.
  • Research: At our restored prairie or in the community. Participate in faculty research, like Dr. Warren Pryor’s ecological study of water quality & its effect on freshwater mussels.
  • Travel: On-Site Research and Exploration
    • Southern Appalachians: Explore the biodiversity of the Great Smoky Mountains
    • Southwest Field Studies: Study the ecosystems of America’s southwestern region of Colorado and Utah, including the Grand Canyon.
    • Haiti: Engage in service as part of our Primary Health Care in a Developing Country course

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Professor Mike Bechill teaching a class about bacteria.

Career Success

In the past two years, 100% of USF Biology majors who applied to medical school have been accepted.

Our graduates go on to a variety of careers. They work as physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physician assistants, wildlife biologists, educators, laboratory managers, conservation biologists, and more.

I think my USF education was a large reason why I was able to graduate medical school as a
member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Chelsey Caldwell ’11, M.D.

Build Professional Connections

Be Active, Be Purposeful

Participate in the Eco Club, a student organization that focuses on environmental issues on campus and in the local community. You’ll be part of a close-knit group of students who organize education and awareness activities like Earth Day, or build brush piles for wildlife, or work in our campus greenhouse.

Meet Local Scientists

Biology (and other science) majors attend weekly Science Seminars where they connect with and learn from area professionals.

Work in Top-Notch Facilities

Staring your first semester, you’ll learn in our state-of-the-art science building, with its new and updated labs.

Ready to start?

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Your first step to becoming a USF Cougar is applying for admission. our online application makes the process as convenient as possible.

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Vist USF

Whether you know what you want to see, who you want to meet or are just exploring your options, we will personalize your campus visit to fit your needs.

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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