About the Program

Why This Major Is Relevant

Climate change, an aging population, increasingly sophisticated diseases, and the threat of war are just a few of the challenges our society faces. Over the next several decades, mankind will strive to overcome everything from AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease to bioterrorism and pollution. These complex challenges require experts who understand the variables at play and want to make a difference in their world. APU’s biology major uniquely equips graduates to meet these challenges and provide solutions to our society’s most pressing problems, and as a result they can anticipate significant job opportunities and personal fulfillment.

This program is a component of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, one of the fastest-growing areas of the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent increase in STEM employment from 2012-22, reflecting the consistent need for training in the sciences.

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Biology students have access to state-of-the-art equipment in the Segerstrom Science Center. APU’s biology program provides excellent preparation for professional settings or graduate school. More than 80 percent of APU students who complete the premed track are accepted into medical and dental programs, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The research seminar requirement provides the student an opportunity to experience the scientific research process firsthand. Students design and implement research along with faculty-mentors and present findings at conferences on and off campus. Additionally, many students secure internships with local organizations. These experiences ensure that biology students graduate with tangible evidence of their skills on their résumés, which is critical for acceptance into medical schools.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.