Exploring the Possibilities with a Degree in Biology

By Lauren Abraham

biology professor and student

With a bachelor’s degree in biology, the possibilities are endless! If you want to have a wide variety of options after completing your education, this is the degree for you. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to help others in many different settings. Here are some of the many potential career paths with this degree:

Biology Teacher

There will always be a need for passionate, caring educators, especially in STEM subjects like biology. By earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology for Secondary Education, you will gain the knowledge you need to successfully teach biology to middle school and high school students. Throughout your program, you will have the opportunity to take courses that count toward the teacher credentialing requirements in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.


A Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine can serve as a foundation for a career as a doctor. You will be introduced to a broad range of disciplines in this program, providing you with a balanced view of the disciplines needed to transition into an advanced medical degree.


If you want to become a pharmacist, a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy can prepare you to transition into a Doctor of Pharmacy program. In GCU’s bachelor’s degree, you will dive into scientific topics related to human physiology, cellular biology and principles of pharmacology as they apply to living systems and the human body. In addition, you will gain interpersonal and intercultural communication skills so that you will be able to successfully work with customers and other pharmacists from all backgrounds.

Physical Therapist

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy is the first step to becoming a physical therapist. The coursework in this program is designed to prepare you for success in either a Master of Physical Therapy or Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. You will explore human biology and anatomy by gaining hands-on experience in GCU’s cadaver lab! As a result of your experiences, you will develop the skills to diagnose injuries, illnesses and provide treatment in the physical therapy setting.

Physician Assistant

Ever thought about becoming a physician assistant (PA)? GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant is designed for students looking to be accepted into a graduate-level assistant education program. As a PA, you will work with patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. This program will help you develop and refine your interpersonal communication skills in addition to leaning the psychological, spiritual and physical components of health, wellness and medical intervention.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology fosters traits in adaptability, collaboration, creativity and ethical and social awareness, making our graduates competitive. To learn more about GCU’s STEM degrees, visit our website or request more information using the button at the top of the page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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