Bio Advise


Below you will find some questions we frequently hear.

Keep in mind, if you cannot find an answer to your question on our website you can email us at

What can I do with a Biology degree from USF?

Many of our students are interested in continuing their education and apply to Master's or PhD programs after graduation. These programs range from Biology and Microbiology to Marine Science, Public Health, and subjects in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Students that are interested in education can move into a Master's of Arts in Teaching with thier biology degree. The College of Education does offer an Education Minor approved by the Florida Department of Education to provide professional preparation for those who seek an approved alternative route to Florida Certification. 

Additionally, all of the USF Tampa Biology degrees are considered efficient degree programs for most Health Professions programs (such as Medical School and Vet School) as they cover most, if not all, pre-requisites for these programs. If you are interested in a Health Professions program, review the USF Health Professions website.

It is important to note that most jobs after college require hands-on experience. Internships, volunteer opportunities, and undergraduate research experience help you to build your resume so that you can eventually apply to your dream career!

If you have any further questions about careers after college, you can either schedule an advising appointment with a Biology Advisor or meet with our Career Services Consultant Adelia Douglas.

Am I able to complete a Biology degree from USF Tampa completely online or at night?

Unfortunately, no.

While there are some biology courses offered online or at night, the majority of our courses are in-person and during the day.

Am I able to take all of my major coursework at my home campus? Or will I need to travel to another campus to complete major required courses?

All courses required for USF Biology Majors can be completed fully at a student's home campus. Please keep in mind, not all majors are offered on every campus.

If you wish to take some of your courses at another campus or institution please meet with your academic advisor to discuss this option.

What is the difference between Marine Biology and Marine Science?

Marine Biology is the study of life in marine ecosystems. This includes vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants.

Marine Science, however, is the study of the marine environment, such as currents, oceanography, geology, and water composition.

What will I be expected to do in a Biology Lab?

The two biology departments offer a wide variety of lab courses. Some will give you valuable field-work experience, others will provide you with important skills in a wet lab, and some may even require the dissection of a deceased animal.

You should contact your lab TA or the lab coordinator to discuss specifics for each lab. If you are unable to complete a component of your lab (such as dissection) please let your TA know after initial review of your course syllabus (within the first week of classes).