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Biology BA and Biology BS

Biology is the study of the principles governing living organisms, and spans a continuum of organization from molecules and cells to individuals and ecosystems. The field involves a wide range of sub-specialties, including molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, neurobiology, ecology and others with many intellectual links between them.

The Biology Department has an outstanding faculty consisting of ~30 Presidential faculty who are tenured or are tenure track. Their research interests span the breadth of biology from investigating plant reproduction to discovering how zebrafish repair their heart and how oil spills and increased ocean temperatures damage coral populations. We have a strong computational group of faculty seeking to understand how evolution impacts gene sequences, gene content in genomes, and their link to disease.

Biology majors take several foundational biology courses along with math, chemistry and physics and then they select electives based on their interest and future goals. The links below will help you navigate your academic path, seek advice for writing assignments, identify research opportunities during the academic year and in the summers.

+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

Accelerated programs provide a pathway for pursuing dual degrees (Bachelor’s and Master’s) with the additional benefit to the student of a shorter programs completion time and saving in tuition expenses. Students seeking these opportunities at Temple University should have a demonstrated record of academic excellence, and an expressed interest complete an advanced degree after their Bachelor’s degree. The PSM programs can be completed through the +1 accelerated pathway if student meets qualifications to enter this program in the junior year of their course of study. More information can be found here on the websites of the Biology PSM programs in Bioinformatics, Bioinnovation, Biotechnology and Scientific Writing.


Individuals with a degree in biology enter careers in many areas. Many biology majors become physicians, physician-assistants, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, optometrists, nurses, podiatrists, and clinical workers. Some graduates enter the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or environmental fields; others pursue a career in education. Students may also choose to pursue advanced academic programs that culminate in PhD degrees.


The biology program includes a required five-course core of a two-semester introductory sequence, plus cell biology, genetics and ecology, which introduce the fundamentals of contemporary biology. This is followed by at least three (B.A.) to six (B.S.) advanced biology electives. Courses in calculus, chemistry and physics are also required and are prerequisites for some biology courses. Opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research are available.

Program Goals

After completing the program, students should:

  • thoroughly understanding of the principal levels of organization of living organisms
  • understand the biochemical and biophysical principles that underlie living organisms
  • comprehend principles that govern interaction between and within cells, tissues and organisms
  • understand major principals of the discipline, such as proliferation, generation of diversity, evolution by natural selection
  • critically evaluate experimental data and be familiar with laboratory procedures
  • communicate using oral, written, or electronic media, and understand attribution and acknowledgement of sources

Related Web Sites

Biology Advising Sheets and Flowcharts

Department of Biology

Biology Program Requirements (BA)

Biology Program Requirements (BS)

Other Degree Options

In addition to the degree programs listed below, Temple offers a number of combined 3 year biology degree programs with matriculation into Temple professional schools and these programs are listed here. To help students plan their required courses based on their math and chemistry placement, advising flow charts are available. These flowcharts will be useful throughout your college career so be sure you use them in addition to working with your advisors.

For students interested in the Neuroscience, Cellular, and Molecular program, more information is available here. Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience is designed to provide rigorous preparation in scientific knowledge at the molecular, cellular and behavioral levels to those students interested in pursuing advanced studies and professional development in neuroscience, medicine or a related field in life sciences. Details about the admission criteria, required courses and research requirement are located in the link.


Dr. Jay Lunden
Faculty Advisor for Introduction to Biology for Majors (BIOL 1111/1112/1911/2112/2912)
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248-M

Dr. Angela Bricker
Faculty Advisor for Biology majors
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248C

Dr. Eleni Anni
Faculty Advisor for the Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience major
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 352B

Dr. Caryn Babaian and Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Faculty Advisors for the Genomic Medicine major
Science Education and Research Center, Room 602

Dr. Brent Sewall
Faculty Advisor for the Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity major
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 203