A strong foundation in the study of life

A bachelor of science in biology will prepare you for a wide range of exciting and innovative careers in research, medicine, and health care, and provides you with a strong foundation for graduate course work.

Learn biology in Pittsburgh's medical hub

Carlow's ideal location in Pittsburgh’s medical and educational hub offers unparalleled access to world-renowned medical facilities and research labs, allowing you to get professional, real-word experience before graduation. While the program is strong and challenging, its diverse and approachable faculty members serve as your mentors and advisors. 

Learn and study in our state-of-the-art science building that is equipped with two research labs, a gross anatomy lab, an environmental chamber room, histology lab, ecology field lab, anatomy and physiology labs, a STEM Digital Learning Lab, and much more. 

Programs and degress in biology offered at Carlow University

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Set yourself apart in the biology field

Carlow’s biology program gives you a solid foundation across the entire breadth of biology and affords you ample opportunity to delve deep within your chosen specialty in order to prepare you for a successful career in one of biology’s many fields, including medicine, therapy, environmental studies, and biotechnology.  

Biology graduates have career and advanced degree options

As a graduate of Carlow’s biology program, you have many options. Recent Carlow graduates who majored in biology have pursued graduate school, medical school, or veterinary school to become college professors, medical doctors, therapists, and veterinarians. Other Carlow graduates have accepted jobs right out of school as perfusionists, data quality reviewers, autopsy specialists, laboratory researchers/assistants, biological science technicians, surgical pathology technicians, and secondary school teachers.

Here is a small sample of the businesses and institutions that employ recent graduates of Carlow's biology program

  • Allegheny HealthNetwork
  • Animal Rescue League and Wildlife Center
  • Cleveland University Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Prebyterian
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects job growth for health and science careers to be much faster than average for all careers through 2020. Job growth for medical scientists is also expected to be much faster than the average for all careers. In fact, it’s expected to be one of the 10 fastest-growing careers studied. The biotechnology and drug industries need researchers to make the most of recent discoveries in genetics. Ongoing research into health issues, such as AIDS and cancer, means that there should be employment growth in these areas as well.

 Kristina Matvey 2019
Kristina Matvey, Biology & Chemistry grad -- read her story.

Biology + medicine, denistry, pharmacy opportunity

Carlow University students majoring in biology may apply for the early acceptance program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). This affiliation allows qualified students to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or behavioral neuroscience from Carlow University and then a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree, or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from LECOM. The early acceptance program grants academically strong students an opportunity to gain conditionally guaranteed acceptance to LECOM as early as their senior year of high school or during their first or second year at Carlow University. Participation in the program alleviates much of the cost of applying to medical schools, while providing a strong background in scientific and liberal-arts courses at Carlow University. After completing their undergraduate education at Carlow University in three or four years (depending on the program chosen), students matriculate for an additional four years at either the main campus in Erie, Pennsylvania or a branch campus in Bradenton, Florida, based on the program to which they are accepted. Click here for details

A biology degree is a great place to start to become pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, or start on a master's in education. Our agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine makes it even easier. You can boost your way into a Master's in Education with our 4+1 system -- spend your 4 years as a Biology undergrad and get your MEd in just one year. Carlow Biology majors often enroll in the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion program.