BS in Biology
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Biology and health sciences are at the forefront of today’s headlines, from health care reform to genetic engineering. Now is the time to be a part of the next generation of scientists who are tackling global warming, stem cell research, public health, and bioterrorism. No matter what field you want to pursue, Dyson College’s biology and health sciences programs will not only prepare you to enter the world of science, but also help you change it.
Dyson College’s Department of Biology and Health Sciences offers a number of undergraduate, joint undergraduate-graduate, and professional programs, which can be tailored to your career objectives. Whether you are interested in biological research, a health-related profession, teaching, or an advanced degree, we have the program for you. Our students conduct independent laboratory research in collaboration with highly respected faculty members, often at a level typically reserved for graduate students, using scientific resources one would expect to find at a large research institution. Our students also gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom through field work and internships at some of the most prestigious scientific and pharmaceutical companies and organizations in the world.
Students who wish to pursue scientific graduate school programs for professional schools, such as medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine, or are seeking employment in the medical, biotechnological, or environmental fields opt for the BS with a concentration in general biology, environmental biology, or molecular and cellular biology.
BS in Biology
This course of study will prepare you for further education in scientific graduate school programs and for professional schools, such as medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, physical therapy and veterinary medicine, or for employment in the medical, biotechnological or environmental fields. The curriculum consists of a group of biology core courses, biology courses specific for a chosen concentration, and specific chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. Biology majors have the option of specializing in one of the following three academic tracks (concentrations) after obtaining a solid foundation in basic biological principles:
General Biology - This track provides a broad study plan that covers various areas of the biological sciences, including physiology, ecology, botany, genetics and microbiology.
Environmental Biology - This track emphasizes study of the interrelationship between the living and nonliving components within our environment, and the effects of human activity upon them.
Molecular and Cellular Biology - This track emphasizes study of the biochemistry of cellular structure and function and the technologies involved in the investigation of molecular processes within cells.
Pre-health Joint Degree Programs
Students who know they want to enter a professional health sciences program after earning a bachelor’s degree can opt to complete a joint degree through programs with one of our partner schools. Please note there are separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. For further information, speak to an academic adviser.
BS in Biology and Health Sciences / MS in Occupational Therapy
This program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace and two additional years at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
BS in Biology and Health Sciences / Doctor of Optometry (DO)
This program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace (108 credits) and four additional years of study at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. Students who complete the program receive a BS in biology from Pace and a DO from SUNY.
BS in Biology / Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
This program consists of three years of undergraduate study at Pace and four additional years of study at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students who complete the program receive a BS in biology from Pace and a DPM from New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Student-faculty research is a benchmark of the Dyson College experience. Our faculty members are actively involved in both basic and applied research in a wide range of areas including cancer research, plant biology, global warming, bacterial pathogens, ecological field studies, and pediatric audiology studies. These research projects, many of which are funded by federal grants, include both undergraduate and graduate student participation. Our students have presented the results of their research work at national and international scientific meetings and have authored papers in scientific journals. They have also been the recipients of international fellowships for continued study in the United States and abroad.
Pace University is #1. According to U.S.News & World Report's Short List, Pace is one of the top five schools in the U.S. for internship placement. That makes Pace the No. 1 school for internships in metro New York.
There are many career paths you can follow with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Health Sciences including laboratory or field research; health care or public health work; environmental conservation; scientific policy work for local, state, or federal agencies; pharmaceutical marketing and sales; science writing; and communication in newspapers, websites, magazines, television, and radio. With additional certifications and degrees, students may also become medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, dentists, veterinarians, and teachers.
Many Pace graduates command starting salaries of $53,200 or more—that’s on par with the country’s most selective Ivy League schools. Through the generosity of the Dyson Foundation, the Dyson Hall of Science on the Pleasantville campus recently underwent a $5 million renovation, adding new state-of-the-art science laboratories and equipment. Our New York City campus is affiliated with the Haskins Laboratories, where students work alongside professors to conduct research studies on parasitic pathogens such as the organisms that cause African sleeping sickness, malaria, and tuberculosis. Our Environmental Center on the Pleasantville campus serves as a focal point for environmental awareness and education.