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Department of Biological Sciences


Careers

A biology major equips students with the investigative, quantitative and communication skills necessary for a future in the workforce or advanced degree work in graduate and professional programs.

Skills for success

Students gain a comprehensive background in cellular and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, and genetics, while tailoring the degree to their interests through a variety of upper-level courses. The program allows students to develop transferable skills that are of interest to employers and industries, as well as graduate and professional schools.  Graduates with a degree in Biological Sciences are marketable to graduate programs and employers due to their abilities in the following areas:

Investigative skills

  • Observing and identifying problems
  • Defining expected and potential results
  • Inspecting and cataloging specimen

Quantitative skills

  • Defining problems
  • Designing and conducting experiments
  • Collecting and interpreting data
  • Operating laboratory and field research equipment
  • Using computers for data analysis and simulation
  • Applying and interpreting statistical analyses

Communication Skills

  • Writing research proposals
  • Disseminating results and conclusions
  • Developing written and oral presentations
  • Designing visual representations of complex ideas and results
  • Exploring alternative explanations