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Department of Biology

Study life in all forms

General Information Study Biology at Barry

The Department of Biology offers the opportunity to study life at all levels. The diverse course of study helps you develop critical thinking skills as you examine scientific knowledge from various biology sub-disciplines. Through foundational coursework along with practical laboratory experience, you will develop the scientific skills and knowledge that will open the door to numerous career and graduate school opportunities.

After your undergraduate studies, you may consider continuing your education in medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, or podiatry school. Other possibilities include working with the environment in the capacities of marine biologist, wildlife biologist, or environmental health expert. A biology degree can also prepare you for a future as a researcher or for a career with a government agency. Explore all the options at Barry!

Our knowledgeable faculty, immersive labs, and collaborative atmosphere will help you reach your full potential.

Program Highlights

  • Biology

    Classrooms and Labs

    The biology program’s teaching labs have everything you need to study genetics, cell biology, anatomy, zoology, marine biology, botany, physiology, embryology, and microbiology.

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    South Florida Location

    With its year‐round access to unique environments such as the Florida Everglades and the only living reefs in the continental United States, you will have additional opportunities for research and observation.

  • Instructor

    Biology Faculty

    Faculty conduct research in a wide range of areas — everything from virology and neurodevelopment to fish behavior and seagrass beds. They publish in scientific journals and present at conferences — frequently attending with student authors.

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    Focus on Research

    Faculty members conduct their research in labs on campus. As part of the undergraduate biology program, many students gain valuable research experience by working alongside faculty in these labs.

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Academics Find the Biology Program that Excites You

As an undergraduate, your future can take shape with our three different biology degree programs to explore. The Bachelor of Science in General Biology degree (BS.BIOT) is a traditional degree that will help you pursue a wide variety of biology-related careers.

The Bachelor of Science Pre-Professional degree (BS.BIOP) will prepare you to apply to medical and health professional schools to pursue a career as a doctor, dentist, optometrist, physical therapist, veterinarian, or professional career of your dreams.

The third-degree option is the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology degree (BS.BIOM). If you are passionate about the various life forms that live in our ocean’s depths, our program gives you plenty of hands-on experience. Located near diverse marine ecosystems, Barry will allow you to follow your interests as deep as they go. For whatever degree program you choose, our labs and knowledgeable faculty will guide you to accomplishing your dreams.

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Student Organizations

  • College of Arts and Sciences American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

  • College of Arts and Sciences Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

  • College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Dental Club

  • College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Physician Assistant Student Association (Pre-PASA)

  • College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Veterinary Club

  • College of Arts and Sciences Sigma XI, Scientific Research Honor Society

  • College of Arts and Sciences Beta Beta Beta Honor Society

Biology, BS Faculty & Staff

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 15:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.
We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

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