Students in SU's biology program examine a specimen
Let the World Discover You

Biology Major

You could read a textbook about plant and animal discoveries, but why not make discoveries of your own? In the biology program at Salisbury University, you’ll have many opportunities for undergraduate research both in the field and in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Why Choose a Biology Major at Salisbury University?

Unlike many other universities, you have the opportunity at SU to conduct scientific research in your freshman year and even present your findings at local, regional and national conferences. Research is an increasingly important element in undergraduate education, and your strong record of it will allow graduate programs and professional schools, as well as employers, to discover you.

Our weekly seminars also keep you up to date with current research being conducted by scientists at other institutions and are great for making connections for postgraduate studies. Specialized advising is provided for students who intend to pursue postgraduate work in medical professions, teaching, medical school or graduate programs.

For those interested in this field, SU also offers a biology minor, which can complement many other SU majors.

Biology Major Concentrations

At SU, students may complete the biology major in one of six unique ways to take their knowledge into the field. Our concentrations prepare students for a variety of disciplines within biology, including medical, veterinary, pharmacy and other health professions, genetic engineering, ecology, earth sciences and more.

Meet Lauren - Biology Major

Meet Lauren - Biology Major

Hear how Lauren found opportunities for research, faculty mentorship and creative thinking within the biology major at SU.

Careers for a Biology Major

What jobs can you get with a biology major? Graduates of our program are broadly trained biologists, and they possess the knowledge and skills vital for graduate school and future employment. The field is open for our biology majors, but you could go on to become one of the following:

  • Dentist
  • Field Biologist
  • Laboratory Research Biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist

Biology Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty has embraced the concept of student-centered teaching and encourages student participation at science meetings.

Meet Your Faculty:
Jennifer Nyland

Jennifer Nyland Headshot

A leader in immunotoxicology research, Dr. Jennifer Nyland welcomes SU students to participate in research in her laboratory. Her students collaborate with a marine science lab at SU to examine the impacts of environmental toxicants on marine organisms. Her work has been published across numerous leading research journals in toxicology and environmental health. She was editor-in-chief of Immunology and Immunogenetic Insights, an international journal on the study of the immune system, including pathophysiology and physiology in health, and immunological disorders.

Learn More About Our Biology Major