These courses provide students the opportunity to acquire a sound subject knowledge base and the practical skills needed to become competent biologists. Students can choose to work developing a broad general background or specialize along a particular track. Opportunities also exist to work with faculty on independent research projects. Upper-level biology courses also stress the development of qualitative, quantitative, and writing skill necessary for graduate school, professional schools, or applied careers in secondary education, government, or industry. In addition to courses in the biology program, students have the opportunity to build specialized ancillary professional skills via courses in GIS (Geography Department), statistics (Mathematics Department), chemical analysis (Chemistry Department), and geomorphology (Earth Sciences Department).
Although the Biology program at Southern Connecticut State University is a good starting point, you should always be thinking ahead! If you already have a career goal in medicine or work in teaching then you may know how to prepare for those future careers – you may not have the specific details, but you have direction and purpose. If however you are not focused on a particular career beyond your undergraduate studies you may be unclear as to what your options are or how to make choices as an undergraduate biology student. If this is you, then perhaps one of the most important things for you to know is what your specific interests in biology are.
You have to be able to clearly and concisely articulate why you have chosen to train for a career in biology and it does require some thought and commitment. If all you can say is that "I did well in biology in high school and thought it could be a good career" then you need to think harder about this. The reason this is so important is because your statement will drive most of your important decisions about your preparations and courses. It is also important to know that most professional careers in biology will require at least a Masters Degree beyond your undergraduate studies – so if nothing else you should train to be a competitive applicant to a graduate biology program. Please keep in mind that you do have a little time to work out the details of your personal statement and some of your introductory biology courses can help, but considering the practical matters of your time and money you should not progress into your junior year (here or at any other school) without a clear of idea of what comes next. Your future is up to you, but choose wisely!
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Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
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