The Biology department does not offer departmental placement exams. 

For more information on changes to the requirements and options in the Biology major, please see Announcements.

The University of Pennsylvania offers a broad range of opportunities for students to learn about the diversity of biological systems.  Our curriculum introduces students to the many ways of understanding the function and diversity of living organisms and to the increasingly important role of biology in the modern world. Major topics include genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, development, plant biology, vertebrate physiology, neurobiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution.  Undergraduates interested in the biology major typically follow one of two introductory biology tracks. These introductory course(s) provide an overview of these areas through classroom and laboratory learning.  Beyond the introductory courses, undergraduates have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of advanced biology courses

The Biology department also offers a biology minor and a variety of courses for non-major undergraduates designed to help students understand modern biological techniques and how they influence human life on local and global scales.  These courses are taught by faculty from the biology department and from the medical school. 

Dr. Pohlschröder, the undergraduate chair, invites you take some time and explore the Department of Biology's webpage.


An undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania prepares students for a diverse range of careers, including:
  • Researchers in universities, research institutes, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical companies
  • Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, public health workers, or other health professionals
  • Primary or secondary education
  • Positions with zoos, natural history museums, nature centers, and fish and wildlife departments
  • Sales positions for a pharmaceutical companies
  • Science writers or medical illustrators, and a variety of other professional positions
  • You can visit Career Services for more information on career opportunities and information on applying to medical and graduate school programs.