College of Arts and Sciences
Biology includes the whole domain of living things: patterns of cellular structure; the underlying biochemical pathways; anatomy and function of whole organisms; the mathematical predictability and molecular basis of inheritance; the flow of energy and matter through living systems; the regulation and interaction of basic life processes; the universality of adaptation; and the interdependence of the biosphere. Like all sciences, biology is both cumulative and open-ended in its discoveries. It teaches the wonders of life, the excitement of discovery and the challenge of the unknown.
Students who are curious about living things, how they function, and how they relate to the environment may want to study biology.Genetic engineering and cellular biology are rapidly expanding fields in biology.
Genetic engineering is a defined method for producing genetic changes in a variety of organisms in the laboratory. Cellular biology is a field that studies all aspects of gene regulation, protein trafficking, cell physiology, and apoptosis.
Students who have an interest in genetics and cellular biology have many career options including in such fields as agriculture, genetic engineering, biotechnology, cell biology, microbiology, bioinformatics and molecular biology to name a few. A biologist with this focus of study might work in a laboratory carrying out basic or applied research, or engaged in process or quality control. Job opportunities exist in business, industry, and government. The genetics and cellular biology specialization is an excellent choice for students considering advanced graduate study in any field of molecular biology.
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