Our Biology majors find an extremely diverse array of career choices available to them. These vary in scope from numerous Health Sciences and Allied Health professions to a wide spectrum of field and ecologically-related careers in various federal, state, and local government agencies. Depending on the option choice within the B.S. degree in Biology, our students are accepted into some of the best professional schools (Medical, Dental, Veterinary Science, Naturopathic and Osteopathic Medicine, etc.) and graduate schools in the country.
A Biology degree, with its various options, is excellent preparation for the teaching field. It is often combined with an elementary or secondary teaching certificate leading to rewarding careers as a K-12 teacher (click for a pdf on basic requirments). It is an outstanding foundation for pursuing a Master's degree or Ph.D. in preparation for an academic career in many fields of biology.
Many of our Biology majors have obtained entry level technical positions doing bench science in local biotech or consulting companies. This degree is also great preparation for paramedical careers such as Physical Therapy, Laboratory Medicine, and Physician Assistant. Still others have established sales careers in pharmaceuticals, instruments, and other related fields.
To see some potential careers, look here at Biology Careers, a listing of potential applications of your degree within the science and nonscience realms
Career Connections is a worldwide network of more than 4700 alumni and friends, available to current students and UWAA members. These contacts have volunteered to answer career-related questions and serve as networking resources. Typically, Career Connections users interact with each contact once or twice, usually via email or phone.There are many contacts whose UW department was Biology, Zoology or Botany. Career Connections is already available to all students 24/7, with a search engine that will allow them to zero in on the contacts who were Biology majors at the UW and/or are currently working in biology-related fields.
The enormous variety of options can be discovered more fully with a visit to our advising office in 318 Hitchcock Hall, where one of our Biology Academic Counselors will be able to help match your interests and talents with these many career options.