The Biology Ph.D. program received the 2019 Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education. The fields within biology are further divided based on the scale at which organisms are studied and the methods used to study them: biochemistry examines the fundamental chemistry of life; molecular biology studies the complex interactions of systems of biological molecules; cellular biology examines the basic building block of all life, the cell; physiology examines the physical and chemical functions of the tissues and organ systems of an organism; and ecology examines how various organisms interrelate.

Options include: anatomy, biophysics, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, ecology and evolution, environmental biology, forensic biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, natural science, neurobiology, physiology, zoology and many others. A central organizing concept in biology is that life changes and develops through evolution and that all lifeforms known have a common origin.

Biology graduates can also transfer into medical careers, though this will usually require at least four years of postgraduate study. This means most biology courses will have core modules in the first year focusing on subjects such as cell theory and molecular biology, evolution, physiology and adaptation, gene theory, and homeostasis. By choosing one of our areas of specialization, such as Animal Physiology, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, or Plant Biology, you can better prepare yourself for these exciting career opportunities.

Biological research indicates the first forms of life on Earth were microorganisms that existed for billions of years before the evolution of larger organisms. Human biology is the branch of biology that focuses on humans in terms of evolution, genetics, anatomy and physiology, ecology, epidemiology, and anthropology. Basic Biology offers certificates to students who prove their knowledge of the basic principles of biology.

Although these debates are serving to stimulate the science, future advances must be focused on how to direct new knowledge that is acquired to advancing the human condition and medical science. JoVE Biology includes techniques and experimental approaches in the fields of cellular, molecular, and organismal biology. From a series of workshops, you’ll gain critical knowledge in cellular aspects of biology. Bucknell University undergraduate students traveled to with biology professors Sarah Lower and Gregory Pask to western Pennsylvania to do research and scientific outreach to the general public at the annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival.

You can specialise in the strands of biology that interest you most, such as microbiology and biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, or ecology and evolution. On this module you’ll attend lectures, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in a studio or workshop and take part in guided independent study. The Bell Lab is currently extending laboratory investigations of experimental evolution to field scales at the Gault Nature Reserve.

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