Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science - Ecology/Evolution/Genomics Concentration Program By Drexel University |Top Universities

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science - Ecology/Evolution/Genomics Concentration

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science - Ecology/Evolution/Genomics Concentration

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
The biological sciences encompass many fields. Biologists study the structure and functions of living organisms, from the individual cell to the whole organism and communities. In the past three decades, advances in molecular biology and genetics have been rapid, opening many new, exciting career opportunities in the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering. Biology graduates can pursue a variety of options including graduate and professional school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related areas, as well as careers in research or commercial laboratories, private and government agencies, and in teaching. The Ecology/Evolution/Genomics (EEG) concentration focuses on the study of genes and genomes to elucidate the histories of organismal adaptation, diversification, and species interactions. Students should pursue this concentration if they’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of ecology or evolution and how molecular and computational tools are utilized within these disciplines. Required EEG courses cover important principles in ecology and evolution, techniques in molecular biology and genomics, and computational approaches for the analysis of DNA sequence data. The required courses include: ENVS 326 Molecular Ecology BIO 228 Evolutionary Biology & Human Health or BIO 331 Bioinformatics I BIO 436 Human Population Genetics or ENVS 230 General Ecology Plus one of the following courses: Microbiology, Parasitology, Virology, Genomics, Vertebrate Morphology and Physiology, Invertebrate Morphology and Physiology, Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Field Botany of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Diversity, Evolution and Ecology of Alage, Ichthyology and Herpetology, Entomology or Biodiversity. Selection of two additional EEG electives, two lab electives plus two breadth electives allows students to tailor their studies in this discipline. This concentration will prepare students for research careers in evolutionary or ecological biology, genomics, or bioinformatics. It will also prepare aspiring medical professionals through the incorporation of ecological and evolutionary principles into studies of human health, disease, and evolution. CAREERS Our alums go on to have careers in medicine, veterinary sciences, dentistry and other allied health professions, including careers as physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists. Many hold research positions in the private sector; become technicians in government and academic labs; or work as research scientists and professors in diverse fields such as cancer biology, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, immunology and forensic biology. Other career paths include genetic counseling, clinical trials coordination, bioinformatics, genomics, clinical lab medicine, public health, policy, science journalism, teaching and law. Biologists may also be employed in “green” jobs in biotechnology, field research, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and conservation. The opportunities are numerous and varied.