Department of Biology and Earth Science
The most important consideration in the choice of an academic major for the preprofessional should be a major that the student is interested in and passionate about, not what the student thinks might be the best ticket into medical school.
Admission to professional schools for the MD, MS, DVM or DO remains highly competitive with more students applying than can be admitted. Admission requirements and the long period of educational preparation that are required to become a physician or other health care provider demand that students not only meet the minimum requirements, but present themselves as competitive applicants. A decision to apply to medical school requires a strong personal commitment and a large investment of effort, time, and financial resources. Admission becomes possible only when a student possesses high intellectual abilities and demonstrates a consistent record of academic excellence.
Careers in Science
Biological scientists often obtain the baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Some will work in a laboratory or in the field doing research and development; some will teach. Governmental and private donors fund research projects, and the application processes for funds are competitive. Further classification of biological scientists may occur according to the types of organisms they study or the types of activities they perform.
- Aquatic biologists study plants and animals living in water.
- Biochemists study the chemical composition of living things.
- Botanists study plants and their growing conditions.
- Microbiologists study the growth and characteristics of microscopic organisms like algae, fungi and bacteria.
- Physiologists study the life functions of plants and animals.
- Biophysicists study the application of physics to living things.
- Zoologists and wildlife biologists study the life processes of animals.
- Ecologists study the relationships among organisms and their environments.