Curriculum Overview

Penn State Brandywine offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with two options: a general option or a vertebrate physiology option, that can be completed on campus. Students may also transition to University Park at the beginning of their junior year to complete their Biology degree.


This degree is for students interested in living things and includes classes in animals, plants, and microorganisms, plus ecology and evolution.


This degree prepares students for professional degree programs in medical and allied health fields as well as graduate degree programs in Biology. Courses include plant biology and ecology, physiology, neuroscience, developmental biology, genetics, and cell biology.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student research is an important part of our program. Students have coauthored research papers with faculty in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Complementary Minors and Certificates

Students who minor in one of the following disciplines find a strong overlap or complement to Biology:

  • Environmental Inquiry
  • English
  • Psychology

(Additional minors and certificate programs are also available.)

Graduation and Beyond

Biology offers the foundation for developing one’s expertise throughout life. Graduates find positions in a variety of different fields, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research
  • Teaching

Students may also choose to complete a degree at the master’s or doctorate level.