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Welcome to the InfoGuide

Welcome to the Biology InfoGuide!
In this guide, you will find information and resources from the Daytona State College Library to help you with your biology studies. 
If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact one of your Daytona State College librarians via online chat, phone, email, or in-person!

Introduction, Courses, and Careers

Biology is the captivating science that unlocks the mysteries of life on Earth. It is the study of living organisms, their interactions, and the intricate processes that govern their existence. From the tiniest microorganisms that dwell in the depths of our oceans to the towering sequoia trees that reach for the skies, biology encompasses the incredible diversity of life that surrounds us.

At its core, biology seeks to answer fundamental questions about the nature of life itself: What is life? How do living organisms function? What are the mechanisms behind growth, reproduction, and adaptation? Why do species evolve and diversify? These are just a few of the profound inquiries that biologists dedicate their careers to unraveling.

In this exploration of the biological world, we will journey from the microscopic realm of cells and genes to the macroscopic ecosystems that sustain life. We will delve into the intricate biochemical processes that power living organisms, examine the remarkable adaptations that enable species to thrive in diverse environments, and contemplate the ethical implications of emerging biotechnologies.

As we embark on this journey through the fascinating realm of biology, we will gain a deeper understanding of the interconnected web of life, the complexities of our own existence, and the urgent need to protect and preserve the biodiversity that sustains our planet. Whether you are a budding biologist or simply curious about the world around you, biology offers a window into the marvels of life, and this exploration promises to be a rewarding and enlightening experience. So, let's begin our voyage into the science of life itself.

Not sure what you want to do? Check out this list of potential careers!

  • Biologist: General biologists study living organisms and their interactions with the environment, conducting research in various subfields of biology.

  • Microbiologist: Microbiologists study microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and their impact on human health, the environment, and industry.

  • Geneticist: Geneticists study genes, inheritance, and genetic variation in living organisms. They may work in research, clinical genetics, or genetic counseling.

  • Ecologist: Ecologists study the relationships between organisms and their environments, examining topics like ecosystems, conservation, and the impact of human activities on the natural world.

  • Botanist: Botanists specialize in the study of plants, including their classification, growth, reproduction, and ecological roles.

  • Zoologist: Zoologists focus on the study of animals, their behavior, physiology, and conservation. They may work in research, wildlife management, or education.

  • Marine Biologist: Marine biologists study ocean life, including marine organisms, ecosystems, and conservation efforts.

  • Entomologist: Entomologists study insects, investigating their biology, behavior, taxonomy, and ecological roles.

  • Biochemist: Biochemists study the chemical processes and molecules that underlie living organisms, including DNA, proteins, and metabolic pathways.

  • Cell Biologist: Cell biologists focus on the structure and function of cells, including cell division, organelles, and cellular processes.

  • Immunologist: Immunologists study the immune system and its response to diseases, infections, and allergies.

  • Biotechnologist: Biotechnologists apply biological principles to develop products and technologies in fields such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and genetic engineering.

  • Evolutionary Biologist: Evolutionary biologists examine the processes and mechanisms of evolution, including natural selection, adaptation, and speciation.

  • Pharmacologist: Pharmacologists research drugs and their effects on biological systems, working in pharmaceutical research and development.

  • Environmental Scientist: Environmental scientists assess and manage the impact of human activities on the environment, focusing on issues like pollution, conservation, and sustainability.

  • Conservation Biologist: Conservation biologists work to protect and preserve endangered species and ecosystems, often in collaboration with governmental and non-profit organizations.

  • Forensic Scientist: Forensic biologists use biological evidence, such as DNA, to assist in criminal investigations and identify victims.

  • Ornithologist: Ornithologists specialize in the study of birds, including their behavior, ecology, and conservation.

  • Mycologist: Mycologists study fungi, including their taxonomy, ecology, and roles in ecosystems and human health.

  • Neuroscientist: Neuroscientists investigate the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, to better understand brain function and neurological disorders.