What are the Biological Sciences?
Biology, or the biological sciences , is the science of life. It is an extremely diverse field of study so MUIC offers several different modules (concentrations) within the overall Biological Sciences major.
The diversity stems not only from the tremendous variety of life forms we share Earth with but also from the many levels of supra- and sub-organism organization, such as cells and ecosystems. Biological research thus encompasses perspectives from the planetary to the sub-microscopic. Though focused on a particular species, a biologist might choose to investigate many aspects of it: behavior, community relationships, the genetic mechanisms that shape form and functionality, how it has evolved and is evolving, or the intricacies of its cellular machinery.
Many students are also attracted by the applications of such fundamental knowledge; applied biology looks to use scientifically valid knowledge to better manage the health and well-being of ecosystems, humans, animals and economies. Humans as stewards of Earth carry responsibility for ourselves and our planet.
What about the Biological Sciences program itself?
MUIC Biological Sciences will expand and deepen your intellect and network. In your first year or two, you’ll pursue a rigorous and diverse general education curriculum with classmates from throughout MUIC; then you’ll dive deeply into core areas like genetics, biochemistry, ecology and cell biology during your middle years. During years three to four, most students choose to finish a specialized module (concentration); options include Biomedical Science, Ecology and Conservation, Health and Wellness, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Everyone completes a final year research project and an entrepreneurship or internship to hone their practical skills. You will be fully prepared to begin, for example, your M.D., Ph.D. or D.D.S. degree, or entry-level professional work in the public or private sector.
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