Why study biology?

Equipped with critical thinking, data analysis and problem-solving skills, biologists are involved in world-changing work.

They solve some of the biggest challenges facing humanity, such as improving human health and conserving the environment. With a degree in biology, you'll be prepared for a career that can make a significant impact.

Learn more about the value of a biology degree.


Biomedical engineering student Karah Moore has been a member of the lab of Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., for the past three years, researching cellular activity in diseased lungs. (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Sept. 21, 2023

VCU awarded $3 million from the NIH to continue research training of students underrepresented in the sciences

Two renewed grants, which support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuing biomedical and behavioral research, highlight VCU’s national standing.

VCU welcomed thousands of new students at the start of the academic year, from first-year undergradates to professional students.

Sept. 13, 2023

Welcome to the Ramily

Get to know a few of this year’s roughly 8,000 new students who add to VCU’s diverse and expansive community.

Madison Cruz, a biology major, is working at VCU Health as a patient care technician, helping patients and getting hands-on experience. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Sept. 5, 2023

With talent ranging from the lab to the stage, VCU senior sees a future in medicine and mental health advocacy

Madison Cruz has mixed research, patient care, volunteer work and even the Miss Virginia pageant in her undergraduate experience.

Biology Spotlight