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A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Opens Career Doors

Dr. Bruce Evans
8 examples of where a degree in biology can take you

Biologists can specialize in a variety of fields, but a commonality between them is that they typically enjoy taking a closer look at the life forms around us — like animals, plants, or the human body — and how they function, by themselves and as part of a larger system.

As a biology student, you will study biological systems responsible for energy flow and diversity of life. Equipped with experimental design and interpretation skills, you will be prepared to apply scientific research to a range of industries. And if you study at a liberal arts institution like Huntington University that encourages you to take a holistic view of knowledge, you will also be ready to take on discussions about big-picture topics such as sustainability and good stewardship.

The bottom line? A bachelor’s degree in biology opens many job opportunities, including graduate schools in about any field you can imagine. Here are just a few examples of jobs you can pursue with a biology degree:

  1. Environmental scientists engage in technology development and policy advising to protect ecosystems. 
  2. Forensic scientists collect and analyze biological evidence to assist in criminal investigations.
  3. Biologists can specialize in areas such as marine, genetic, and development biology. They conduct experiments on organic matter and organisms and analyze the results.
  4. Pharmaceutical sales representatives use their product knowledge and communication skills to promote and sell new medications to physicians and other medical professionals.
  5. Human biologists often investigate cures for infectious diseases, work as dieticians or nutritionists, or get additional training to become human population specialists.
  6. Microbiologists focus on the biology of microorganisms at the molecular and cellular level and consider their ecology (viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, etc.) while working in hospitals, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, education, and more.
  7. Nurse practitioners provide primary and specialty healthcare and assess and diagnose patients like physicians do. Biology provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in these similar professions.
  8. Environmental attorneys support and contest environmental projects and policies based on an understanding of how they will impact the ecosystem.

Even more careers are available to graduates with a background in biology. A great place to start is to earn a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about Huntington University’s Department of Biology at huntington.edu/Biology or schedule a campus visit at huntington.edu/Visit.

Written by
Dr. Bruce Evans