Bachelor of Science in Biology


Why Study Biology?

Biology in the field

Biology is the study of life and of all living organisms. We are fortunate to live in a time when unique insights from brilliant minds of the past have combined with modern research techniques to spark an explosion of facinating new biological information. From exploring DNA and cellular structure to discover the origins of a species, to a modern understanding of physiological processes paired with the historical study of anatomy, the field of biology allows us to connect to and understand the world in which we live. A strong foundation in the basic principles of biology is essential to those who wish to work in the life and health sciences, as well as those who wish to sustain and protect the natural world.

Biology at Hawaii Pacific University

The College of Natural and Computational Sciences offers two pathways leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. The General Biology Track provides a broad yet integrated curriculum across a range of biological science topics including animal, plant and human biology. The Human and Health Sciences Track focuses on molecular and human biology, with coursework including advanced aspects of human health and social sciences - from microbiology to psychology and anthropology to health management. In both curriculum options, the Biology degree program at HPU integrates modern laboratory methods and field experiences with traditional classroom instruction, providing excellent prepatation for employment or graduate studies for future biologists, science educators, health professionals, researchers, and many of other options.

CareerWhat can you do with a Biology degree?

The General Biology Track prepares students for a wide range of future choices including opportunities to work or to condiunte study in fields from fish physiology to microbiology, genetics or restoration ecology. The Human and Health Sciences Track provides a curriculum that will prepare students to pursue and succeed in gradute health professional schools, including Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Physical Assistant, Physical Therapy, Veterinary, Chiropractic, and many other health professions. In addition, a background in general biology provides a scientific platform for careers in biotechnology, cellular and molecular biology, and biomedicine.

Why Study Biology at HPU?

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  • As a volcanic island isolated in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is a great place to study biology. Our program is able to utilize the unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems, cultural diversity, and Pcific connections found inm Hawai'i. The rich indigenous history and current human impacts on the environment provide additional exciting insights and opportunities.
  • The academic atmosphere at HPU promotes excellence in scientific scholarship by allowing students to enjoy small class sizes and extensive laboratory and field exercises using modern instrumentatioon and techniques proven to develop the skills and practical experiences needed to be functional biologists.
  • Students have opportunites to participate in high-quality research projects with faculty members as well as internships in the wider community.
  • All interested students are welcome to be part of the "Pre-Health Professions Program", a formal mentoring and guidance program that helps students prepare for graduate and doctoral degrees in the Health Professions. This program offers one-on-one guidance and support to students along with peer and community activities to develop leadership and cultural-competence skills.