The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in General Biology represents a liberal
arts degree with a concentration in the biological sciences. Biology, a broad and
dynamic field, offers a plethora of career opportunities.
At WPU, the General Biology major prepares students for careers in biological
sciences. Understanding basic biological principles is crucial in interpreting the
implications of environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, the impact
of genetic engineering and biotechnology in crop improvement, the treatment of
disease, and forensic medicine, among others.
Students who graduate with a B.A. in General Biology are currently being highly
recruited by the health professions, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and
The first two years of the General Biology major include basic preparatory science
courses such as General Biology, General Chemistry, and College Algebra.
Along with various English, Humanities, and Social Science courses, this
program prepares the student for upper division coursework that may meet the
requirements for employment or admission to graduate school.
These courses include Anatomy, Genetics, Microbiology, Statistical Methods, and
Biology electives from an approved list of courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology at William Penn prepares students for a wide
variety of careers in the sciences and health professions. Many WPU graduates
enter professional or graduate schools in areas such as medicine, dentistry,
optometry, and physical therapy. Others use the skills and knowledge they gained
at WPU by establishing careers in fields like bioprocessing and biotechnology.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology is a challenging major that includes courses
in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Like all William Penn graduates,
Bachelor of Science students also complete the Leadership Core, which prepares
them to become leaders in their professions and their communities.
Successful students take part in guided internships to prepare them for life
outside of college. William Penn University maintains a variety of contacts to
assist students in achieving their goals. In addition, students have an opportunity
present their undergraduate research project during a university-wide research
symposium in the spring of their senior year.
Students who are well-prepared can complete the program in four years.
High School or Community College Course Preparation includes:
• Algebra • Biology
• Geometry • Chemistry
• Trigonometry and/or Calculus • Physics