What Can I Do With A Major In Biology?
Biology is a vast subject containing many subdivisions, topics, and disciplines. It is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. The work of biologists increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.
Biology is often considered a foundation for a variety of careers. Graduates of this field possess a solid understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the core disciplines of biology (cellular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology and diversity of form and function) and are able to apply basic concepts of mathematics, chemistry, and physics to biology. Additionally, biologists can manipulate standard laboratory and field equipment. They can propose a research problem, place it in the context of previous knowledge and design and implement a research project. Graduates can think critically and independently, evaluate scientific information, and collect, organize and present data using appropriate technologies.
Graduates can find career opportunities in industry, education and local, state and federal governments or are prepared to pursue advanced studies in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. Still, others might work as consultants to business firms, sell chemicals or laboratory instruments, or write for technical publications. Work is often performed in a laboratory or outdoor field setting.
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Sample of Related Occupations
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Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Biology majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for biology majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.
Clean Water Action - Global Warming & Clean Energy Internship
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station - Summer Research Assistant
Connecticut Department of Public Health - Careers Trainee: Epidemiologist
Monte Saino Conservation Center - Conservation Volunteer
NASA - NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
New Britain Health Department - Bioterrorism/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Coordinator
Northeast Laboratories - Laboratory Technician
Plum Island Animal Disease Center - Research Participation Program
Quest Diagnostics - Paramedical Sales Internship, Medical Technologist, Summer Camp Counselor, Habitat
Save The Bay - Exploration Center Education Assistant
Schreiber Foods - Production Team Advisor, Quality Assurance Team Advisor
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - Education Intern
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Plant Protection Aid/Technician
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Research Assistant, Data Management/Analyst
University of Connecticut Health Center - Special Payroll Research