What can I do with a Biology Degree?

Biology is an immensely interesting subject to the general population and to students in general. As a result, many college students decide to major in biology but often times do not know exactly what they will do with their degree once they graduate. So, what can students do with a BS in Biology? Here are some ideas:

Attend a professional school of some kind.

Medical or dental, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy or occupational therapy, physician assistant… these post-baccalaureate options are just some of the more common ones that students choose. They all require 4 or more years of additional education and the successful applicant must maintain a high undergraduate GPA to be competitive.

Apply to a certification program in a health professions.

A degree in biology in foundation to many health professions, such as clinical lab science, genetic counseling, cytogenetics, or anatomic pathology. These programs generally only require one to two years of post-baccalaureate training and certified personnel in these areas are in high demand – the job market is very good!

Become certified to teach high school biology.

There are generally two ways to accomplish this – either take teacher certification courses as an undergraduate or complete a certification program once you graduate from college. Schools wanting to hire new faculty may give preference to students who have taken teacher training courses during college because these students have had an opportunity to engage in student teaching already and generally understand some of the challenges that a new teacher may face.

Complete an internship in an area of biology that you are interested in.

Suppose you are interested in working in a zoo. There are internships available in zoos across the United States that will allow you, sometimes with pay, to see if this is exactly what you want to do. Maybe birds or fish are your thing. Contact a nature Conservancy or state wildlife department or some similar group to see if there are any internships available to “get your feet wet” and see if you like it. In the process, you will build a network of people that can help you go further in that field.

Apply to a graduate school that has a program of study that interests you.

Investigate the researchers at each of these schools – are they doing any research that intrigues you? With a PhD, you have many options – running your own research lab, being a consultant, teaching in a university.

Get a job in one of the many areas of biotechnology.

For these positions, an undergraduate degree in microbiology, molecular genetics, or cell biology is particularly helpful, and if you want to be a staff scientist, you will need at least a Master’s degree.

Sell or market scientific products.

If you have an outgoing personality and enjoy meeting people, perhaps sales or marketing of scientific products would be your niche. This is one of the few jobs that a biology major fresh out of college can get.

As you can see, most opportunities in biology after graduation require some extra training, but if biology is your passion, it’s worth it!

Are you interested in pursuing a biology degree? We invite you to stop by for a visit, and see if Mary Hardin-Baylor is a fit for you!
Kathleen Wood, Ph.D.

Kathleen Wood, Ph.D.

I've taught biology and done research with students at UMHB since 1999.While genetics and cell biology are my focus, biology as a whole is tremendously fascinating to me.
Kathleen Wood, Ph.D.

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I've taught biology and done research with students at UMHB since 1999. While genetics and cell biology are my focus, biology as a whole is tremendously fascinating to me.