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Pace University BS Biology (pre med)
Pace University

BS Biology (pre med)

New York, USA

4 Years


Full time

15 Dec 2024

Sep 2025

USD 51,382 / per year *


* additional fees may apply


After graduating with a BS in Biology degree, you can find work in laboratory settings as a biotechnology or laboratory technician at universities, research centers, or pharmaceutical companies. Our coursework has a required minimum of eleven laboratory courses, and as such, employers compete for our extensively trained students. The BS in Biology degree also prepares you for professional schools such as medical, dental, osteopathy, or veterinary medicine, or for graduate master's and PhD programs. Individualized advising, including a dedicated pre-med advisory committee, and a pre-health professions advisor, ensures our students are on track. Some other career options for our students include science communication, advertising, government jobs, biotechnology, patent law, and many others.

This major prepares students for further education either in professional schools such as medical, dental, osteopathy, or veterinary medicine, as well as for entrance into science graduate degree programs. The major also prepares you to begin work as a laboratory technician at educational, medical veterinary, startup, and pharmaceutical industry labs, as well as government and non-profit institutions. The curriculum includes Biology Core courses, Math & Science courses, and a very broad range of Biology elective courses in several categories.

Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination, the Major Field Test in Biology, given as part of BIO 490 Introduction to Research in the Biological Sciences that assesses the ability to integrate and synthesize basic concepts in Biology.

A Transformative Experience

For a BS in Biology, students take biology, chemistry, calculus I, and physics courses. Further, our students choose five electives from the 20+ we offer. These range from botany to toxicology, and from neuroscience to microbial ecology, and include a travel course to Costa Rica. The electives reflect the expertise of our award-winning faculty who conduct one-on-one research with our students and take them to conferences where many of our students have won national awards. Our faculty also publishes papers with students, which gives our students a great experience and advantage.

All our students are required to showcase their research projects, and knowledge, at our Biology Research Day conference, and on a comprehensive examination that assesses the ability to integrate and synthesize basic concepts in Biology. Our entire program provides a transformative experience for our students and contributes to Pace's ranking as one of the top four-year colleges in the nation for upward economic mobility.

Note: For an accelerated dual-degree program with a professional school in occupational therapy, optometry, or podiatry, see Biology, BS: Pre-professional major.

Add Opportunities and Experiences

You will have the opportunity to conduct independent laboratory research in collaboration with highly respected faculty members, often at a level typically reserved for graduate students, utilizing scientific resources one would expect to find at a large research institution. Students who have previously taken advantage of this opportunity have presented the results of their research work at national and international scientific meetings, have authored papers in scientific journals, and have also been the recipients of international fellowships for continued study in the United States and abroad.


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