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.


Now in its third year, the VCU Breakthroughs Fund has supported more than 30 projects through investments totaling nearly $6 million. (Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

July 2, 2024

VCU Breakthroughs Fund provides grants to 10 more faculty-led projects that pursue transformative innovation

Health, equity, sustainability and the human experience are the driving forces for transdisciplinary teams that target society’s grand challenges.

As sea level rates increase, natural islands respond by migrating landward. Here, overwash breaches a dune located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. (Photo contributed by Julie Zinnert)

June 13, 2024

Barrier islands and dunes protect our coastline – but how are environmental changes affecting them and adjacent land?

In a new report, VCU biology professor Julie Zinnert shares findings from studying Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

VCU alum Aisha Kamara meets with the governor of Huambo Province in Angola, who is sharing her thanks to the U.S. Department of State and the American people for clearing landmines in the province 10 years previously. (Contributed photo)

May 31, 2024

Study abroad inspired VCU alums to pursue global careers

Now far from campus, Calvin Watson and Aisha Kamara built on their academic experiences to embrace international opportunities.

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