General Biology

Program Description

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.

Points of Pride

  • Nearly 20 percent of students do research with a faculty member and many go on to publish papers and travel to conferences.
  • Faculty currently have grants from National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • Students can do research in the department’s Bioprocessing and Biofuels Research Lab or the Geospatial Research Institute.
  • Students can take marine biology courses at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Students can take semesters abroad in Costa Rica and South Africa.
  • Summer study abroad opportunities, such as those to the Galapagos, are offered annually or biannually.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, geography and industry, here is a sample of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Job growth in biology regulated occupations is projected to be %2.6 from 2020 to 2028. The most recent median annual wage for the Biologists was $83,600 for the nation, $62,320 for Alabama — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

JobsMedian Pay
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists$63,420
Microbiologists $71,650
Conservation Scientist$61,340
Biology Technicians$44,500
Natural Science Managers$123,860
Agricultural and Food Scientists$64,020

For career information and department highlights, see the Biology page.

For More Information

Biology Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 301

Soaring Warhawks

  • Chris Norris was just accepted into Graduate School at Auburn University to Study population genetics in lizards.
  • Kaori Knights runs the Flow Cytometry Lab at Kansas State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Anna Parker and Aya Zaeid have both graduated from law school.
  • Greg Vison worked at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and is now a professional angler.
  • Matthew Heartsill just accepted a job at the United States Geological Survey as a Hydrologic Technician.
  • Nathan Frazier graduated with a Masters in Poultry Science from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Colorado.
  • Andrew Nichols was resenting accepted into graduate school and will be pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Amanda Strozier is pursuing her Master’s in Aquatic Ecology at Auburn University and completed an internship in South Africa with sharks.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires.  For a full review of this program in detail check the program sheet online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Sample courses for the General Biology program include:

Course NameCourse Description
Cells, Molecules, and LifeOur freshman biology is unique. First year biology students have the opportunity to design their own experiment, perform it, analyze the data and then present their work to their peers. A how to for scientists.
BotanyA survey of plants with a focus on Alabama Natives. Field trips included!
ZoologyA survey of the animal kingdom. From small to large and everything in between. Lots of hands on sampling and dissections.
EcologyStudy of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of local ecosystems. Students will learn about energy flows, nutrient cycles, and how changing them affects the environment. Students work through a research project in lab.
ImmunologyA tour of both the adaptive and innate immune systems focusing on current thinking and examples. Lab involves designing your own research project and then carrying out the research agenda on a novel system, a toad.
*ologiesAUM offers a large number of *ologies (Entomology – insects, Mammology-mammals, Ichthyology-fish, Parasitology- parasites). In these courses students learn about the diversity in the group, often make a collections in the field and get a great hands on experience in the group.

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