What will I learn in the biology program?

The biology bachelor’s degree will build a solid base of knowledge in the principles of biology and chemistry while also providing track-specific courses in concentrated subject areas. During the program of study, students will take courses in biology foundations, general chemistry, biology and chemistry labs, algebra, psychology, organic chemistry and microbiology. Beyond these foundational courses, students will encounter diverse course offerings tailored to each unique program track.

What can I do with a biology bachelors degree?

Biology program graduates can pursue careers in a wide range of fields. Careers in biology and chemistry include those in biotechnology, biochemical, and laboratory science in academia or industry. In addition, many BS in biology graduates choose to apply to graduate programs to study health administration, physical therapy, medicine, or veterinary science.

Pre-Professional Human Medicine track, Accelerated 3+2 Pathway to Physician Assistant Studies Pathway, or Accelerated 3+3 Pathway to DPT Studies tracks can prepare for graduate programs that enable them to attain careers in the health and medical field as physical therapists, physicians, or physician assistants.

Salary outlooks for biology careers can vary depending on specialization and degree level, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), individuals with a degree in biology earn a median annual salary of $65,000, with 69% employed at the bachelor’s degree level. The BLS also reports that microbiologists can earn an annual salary of $79,260, and biological technicians, who are responsible for assisting with laboratory tests and experiments, earn a median salary of $48,140.

What are graduates doing now?

Graduates of the bachelor’s degree in biology program (tracked since 2013) have been accepted to the following programs:

  • American University of the Caribbean Medical School
  • FranU DPT Program
  • FranU Master of Health Administration Program
  • LSU Graduate School – Biological Engineering
  • LSU Graduate School – Biology
  • LSU Health – Shreveport Medical School
  • LSUHSC - New Orleans School of Medicine
  • Midwestern University in Arizona Cardiovascular Sciences/Perfusion
  • Our Lady of the Lake/FranU Physician Assistant Program
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • St. George Medical School
  • University of Southern California School of Social Work
  • University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences DPT Program
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Pharm

What percentage of Biology graduates who apply to a graduate clinical program are accepted?

Since 2013, 67% of BS in biology students have been ultimately accepted to their first-choice medical schools, physician assistant programs, and doctor of physical therapy programs, among others.

How affordable is the BS in biology?

At FranU, we understand that financing your education is one of the most important decisions you will make. We strive to provide our students with the highest level of care and professionalism as stewards of federal, state and institutional funds. Many of our students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.

To discover estimated costs, use FranU’s Undergraduate Tuition Calculator tool. For information on internal and external scholarship opportunities, visit the Scholarships page. You can also learn more about the financial aid process and tuition rates on the Office of Financial Aid page.