Biological Sciences at Kent State Stark
The Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University offers a B.A. in biology and B.S. degrees in biology, botany, zoology, medical technology and conservation. Many pre-medical students also elect to declare biology as their second major.
Biology Major at Kent State Stark
Students can complete all requirements for the B.A. in biology at Kent State Stark.
Other Biology Majors - Finish at the Kent Campus
Students can complete 2-3 years of coursework in other B.S. biology majors at Kent State Stark before transitioning to the Kent Campus to complete their degrees.
Biological Sciences Minor at Kent State Stark
Students can complete all the requirements for the biological sciences minor at Kent State Stark.
There are a variety of career opportunities available for biological sciences majors depending on area of concentration.
Biology, Botany & Zoology
The occupational areas of biological sciences may be classified into three major groups: food production, health services, and environmental management. Biologists may find employment with colleges and universities, medical schools and hospitals, museums, or zoos and botanical gardens. Private industry offers employment in the manufacturing and research of pharmaceuticals, insecticides and cosmetics. The federal government is a major employer of biologists (for example: the Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior and the FDA). A bachelor's degree prepares students for work as laboratory assistants, technicians, technologists or research assistants.
The U.S. biotechnology industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in conducting biotechnology research and experimental development. Biotechnology research and experimental development involves the study of the use of microorganisms and cellular and biomolecular processes to develop or alter living or non-living materials. This research and development in biotechnology may result in development of new biotechnology processes or in prototypes of new or genetically-altered products that may be reproduced, utilized, or implemented by various industries.
Advantageous entry in some natural resource management and conservation careers requires a master's degree or more. Entry into graduate programs in the area of applied ecology is often sought on the basis of a traditional baccalaureate degree. Kent offers, through its B.S. in biology, excellent preparation for graduate training in life sciences and ecology. This is linked to the graduate-level aquatic ecology program of the Department of Biological Sciences and the activities of the Water Resources Research Institute at Kent State University. Careers are available with the federal government (for example, the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Department of the Interior). Private industry offers employment with fisheries, lumber companies, pulp and paper manufacturers and consulting firms that provide technical information concerning the management of natural resources.
Medical technologists perform complicated chemical, microscopic and microbiological test procedures. Most medical technologists find employment in hospital laboratories, independent clinical labs, or public health agencies.