What is biology?

Biology is a broad science that deals with living organisms and vital processes. It includes many disciplines and specialties, making it attractive to people with different aptitudes, backgrounds and tastes. Biology majors gain knowledge in four broad areas: investigation, research, quantification and analysis. Through investigation students learn to identify problems, catalogue information, assess risks and inspect specimens. Researchers then define problems, design experiments, and conduct studies. Then, they use the data to predict outcomes, determine probabilities and create reports. Finally, data is analyzed through logical reasoning, evaluating the effects of particular phenomena and making projections based on the collected data.

Why should I consider majoring in biology?

Knowledge of biology is essential for an intelligent evaluation of some of the major problems facing civilization, such as energy crises, environmental destruction, population growth and limited food resources. The study of biology provides the opportunity to integrate, interpret and translate biological phenomena and environmental observations into meaningful decisions.

What interests and values are related to biology?

Biology students usually have an interest in living organisms and a concern for the environment. They are curious and desire intellectual growth but should also be patient. Biology students usually like to pay attention to detail.

What career fields are related to biology?

  • Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Biochemistry/Physics & Molecular Biology
  • Biological & Biomedical Science
  • Biological & Physical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomathematics & Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical & Medical Engineering
  • Botany & Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology/Anatomical Sciences
  • Ecology & Conservation Biology
  • Forestry
  • Marine/Aquatic Biology
  • Microbiological Sciences & Immunology
  • Science Technologies
  • Science, Technology Society
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

How can I learn more about biology?

Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Contact Source:

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Academic Discovery Center

Location: Benson 240

Phone: 208-496-1411

Email: CALSacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu