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Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in General Biology

Isn’t choosing a career all about discovering your passions and blazing a trail toward putting those passions to work? Fortunately, there are many possible trails you can blaze while getting a solid biology education from AUM. 

You might find yourself taking a marine biology course at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the Gulf of Mexico. Or spending a semester abroad with other students in Costa Rica, South Africa, or the Galapagos Islands. Or, you might stay on campus and assist one of your professors working on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation or the U.S. Department of Energy. You might even be recognized for making an ecological discovery while working in AUM’s roughly 250 acres of ancient woodlands and wetlands.

The General Biology concentration prepares students for a wide range of jobs and post-graduate options, including graduate school, health professions and others. It is an excellent choice for students who know they want to study biology but are not certain what their ultimate goal may be. Students with more focused career plans may choose from Biology Health Sciences, Molecular Biology, or Public Health Microbiology concentrations.

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The Know How

What you will know with a General Biology degree from AUM

We Prepare You For A Career Working Inside Or Outside

Know how to conduct yourself professionally in a lab (maybe as a microbiologist) and in the field, working as a zoologist or a wildlife biologist.

We Offer You The Chance To Assist With Research

Know how to conduct and document research by working with a faculty member. Or build your network traveling to professional conferences.

We Prepare You For A Rewarding Career

Know how (and why) careers in biology can be financially rewarding.

We Encourage You To Be Hands On

Know how to be hands-on by conducting research in the department’s Bioprocessing and Biofuels Research Lab or the Geospatial Research Institute.

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Game Plan for Success

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Points of Pride

  • Students can take semesters abroad in places like Costa Rica and South Africa and summers abroad in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Faculty members currently have grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • Nearly 20 percent of students do research with a faculty member and many go on to publish papers and travel to conferences.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Chris Norris was just accepted into graduate school at Auburn University to study population genetics in lizards.
  • Kaori Knights teaches flow cytometry for VMR.
  • Anna Parker and Aya Zaeid have recently graduated from law school.
  • After his tenure working at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Greg Vinson  is now a professional angler.
  • Matthew Heartsill just accepted a job at the U.S. Geological Survey as a hydrologic technician.
  • Nathan Frazier graduated with a masters in Poultry Science from Auburn University and recently completed his Ph.D. in Colorado..
  • Andrew Nichols was recently accepted into graduate school and will be pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Amanda Strozier is pursuing her master’s in Aquatic Ecology at Auburn University after completing an internship in South Africa to study sharks.

Customize Your Degree

  • Choose to double major in Chemistry with the addition of 3 courses to your degree plan
  • Add a minor (like Writing and Editing) that could help you excel in graduate school and future research
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

There is a wide variety of job opportunities either in the lab, in the field, or a combination. Microbiologists, biochemists and agricultural scientists are employed in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. Some graduates go on to earn a master’s degree before taking the career plunge.  Check out our Career Discovery Board, below on this page.

It helps to have a solid background in high school science topics, but don’t worry. Your interest in biology is more important than your previous class load. Besides, AUM has free tutoring and our professors are known to spend extra time on any student who needs it!

Students in the General Biology program work with an expert advisor who will help you choose the right undergraduate classes and help you prepare for grad school applications.

It depends on several factors, including whether you have gone on to earn a master’s degree. Your experience, seniority and personal initiative also have a big impact on your income. See sample salaries on this page, under Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth.

Students seeking to continue their education in Medical, Veterinary, or Dental school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in General Biology right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Conservation Scientist and ForesterBachelor's degree7% (As fast as average)$64,010
MicrobiologistBachelor's degree5% (Slower than average)$84,400
Natural Sciences ManagerBachelor's degree (Master?s preferred)6% (As fast as average)$137,940
BiochemistMaster?s degree (Ph.D. preferred)5% (Slower than average)$94,270
Biology TechnicianBachelor's degree7% (As fast as average)$46,340
Agricultural and Food ScientistBachelor's degree9% (As fast as average)$68,830
Zoologists and Wildlife BiologistBachelor's degree5% (Slower than average)$66,350ÿ

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Sciences

At AUM’s College of Sciences, you will have hands-on learning experiences, working side by side with scholars and researchers using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the General Biology Degree

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in General Biology


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

General Biology

Required Courses

You will need to complete courses in the university core, biology, related science areas, and electives. Contact the Biology and Environmental Sciences Department for a current listing of courses required to complete the Biology Health Sciences concentration.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
BIOL 1020Organisms, Adaptations, and the EnvironmentGet acquainted with the unifying principles of biology: biological diversity, evolution, and ecology.
BIOL 1010/1011Cellular and Molecular Basis of LifeYou’ll design your own experiment, perform it, analyze the data and then present the work to your peers.
BIOL 2010/2011Fundamentals of Microbiology/LabBasic aspects of microbiology including control of microbes, infection, and immunity selected infectious agents.
BIOL 2100/2101Anatomy and Physiology/LabStructure and function of the tissues, as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems.
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