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Biology-Psychology, B.A.

Explore Biology-Psychology at Immaculata University

How do the mind, body, and brain work together? Graduates earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Psychology can pursue careers that answer this essential question and others.

The B.A. in Biology-Psychology is intended for students pursuing careers in psychology that require a significant foundation in the biological sciences, such as psychobiology or pharmaceutical and medical research.

This major is also appropriate for those interested in applying to medical school.

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Arts
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Time to Completion Four years

“My participation in research began during my undergraduate career at IU as a biology-psychology major. It ultimately led to my decision to pursue a Master of Public Health and continue working in population health research. The Biology program staff were great at encouraging students to conceptualize ideas into research design, perform experiments and present at conferences. Due to IU’s smaller class sizes, we were able to get more one-on-one attention from professors to really hone proper lab techniques and data analysis skills. With IU’s various partnerships with surrounding institutions for grad school, I was able to transition easily into building my public health career after graduation.”

Pamela Myers
Clinical Research Coordinator at Thomas Jefferson University
Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Public Health Service

Career Opportunities

The B.A. in Biology/Psychology is intended for students pursuing careers in psychology that require a significant foundation in the biological sciences, such as psychobiology, behavioral science, neuroscience or
pharmaceutical and medical research.

According to the Occupational Information Network, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, median salaries for careers in psychology include:

  • Social Science Research Assistants: $50,470
  • Mental Health Counselors: $49,710
  • Psychiatric Technicians: $37,380

Median salaries for careers that would require additional postgraduate education include:

  • Genetic counselors: $89,990
  • Pharmacists: $132,750
  • Psychiatrists: $226,880

Successful Alumni

Many IU alumni have secured jobs in biology or psychology-related fields such as lab technicians, psychotherapists and counselors, while others pursue master’s and doctoral degrees.

Our alumni have obtained these jobs:

  • Laboratory Assistant, Health Network Laboratories
  • Business Analyst, Forefront
  • Psychotherapist, Acorn Psychotherapy
  • Project Manager, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Jefferson Health

Students can participate in research projects with biology or psychology faculty, exploring topics such as literacy in low-income children, social media, developmental profiles of behavioral traits, sex differences, mating psychology, cross-cultural and cross-species comparisons, or a variety of topics in biology in fields such as microbiology, genetics and ecology.

The program also provides excellent training for students intending to continue their studies in graduate and professional schools
in preparation for careers as psychology professors, principal investigators, psychiatrists*, neurologists*, and more.

*To prepare to enter medical school after graduating, biology/psychology majors need to take several additional science courses, including Physics and Biochemistry, which count toward the pre-med minor.

Take advantage of Immaculata’s partnerships that provide pathways to graduate school. You may qualify for time- and tuition-saving graduate programs, such as:

  • Immaculata’s M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 4+2 M.S. in Forensic Medicine
  • Master of Social Work at Marywood University
  • Jefferson University’s Master of Public Health or M.S. in Health Policy
  • Salus University’s 4+2 M.S. in Occupational Therapy
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