Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
National Public Radio featured Gallaudet biology professor Dr. Caroline Miller Solomon as one of the “50 Great Teachers in America.”
World-Class Research Opportunities
As a biology major, you will work closely with our faculty of talented scholars. Gallaudet professors are dedicated to teaching, mentoring and providing exceptional undergraduate research opportunities. Combine the B.S. option with our Pre-Medicine Program to prepare for medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy and other professional schools. Several alumni have also obtained professional research fellowships after graduation.
Or choose the B.A. option if you plan to directly enter a career, or if you are an education major who plans to become a high school science teacher.
Keep reading to learn more about the biology program and career outcomes.
Biology Professor Dr. Derek Braun, '95
“When I presented my research at a national conference in 2002, the sign language interpreters and the conference organizers told me they had never seen a deaf science Ph.D. before. This experience made me realize that we need more deaf scientists so that we can change people's attitudes.”
Dr. Braun directs Gallaudet’s Molecular Genetics Laboratory. Watch his TEDx Talk.
Courses and Degree Requirements
Apply Your Learning
Gallaudet’s $1.2 million Molecular Genetics Laboratory sponsors undergraduate research, for course credit or through paid summer internship opportunities. Projects cover congenital deafness, ecology and cancer research. Gallaudet students have been recognized for their work with top honors at events such as the annual undergraduate research symposium at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Department faculty and the Career Center also help students find summer internships doing field work or laboratory research. Students have interned in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States and Canada.
Within one year of graduation, 100 percent of Gallaudet’s recent science, technology and mathematics majors are employed or in graduate school. Learn more.
Training and Job Outlook
Biological technicians generally need a bachelor’s degree and laboratory experience. Employment is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, as fast as the average for all occupations. Learn more.
Medical scientists typically need a Ph.D., usually in biology. Employment is projected to grow 13 percent during this same time period, as fast as the average. Learn more.
Physicians and surgeons must have a doctoral degree in medicine and be licensed. Employment is projected to grow 18 percent, faster than the average. Learn more.
Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be licensed. Employment is projected to grow 14 percent, as fast as the average. Learn more.