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Biology

After Southwestern

Through proper selection of courses, students can prepare for various career paths, such as entrance into graduate or professional schools (dental, medical, medical technology, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary) and  positions in commercial industry, government, nonprofit organizations, public health, and teaching.

Students should consult with their academic advisors and other members of the department for assistance in making proper course selections that will prepare them for their chosen career directions. The Department recommends the Bachelor of Science degree for students seeking entrance into professional schools, graduate schools or technician positions in industry. The Bachelor of Arts degree allows flexibility, particularly for students wishing to obtain a minor outside of the Division of Natural Sciences.

Specific Occupations For Biology Majors

Environment or Agriculture Related

Agricultural Scientist, Soil Conservationist, Range Manager, Forester, Environmental Technician, Botanist, Ecologist, Horticulturist


Medicine

Doctor: General Medicine, Chiropractor, Dentist, Optometrist, Physiologist, Podiatrist, Surgeon, Pharmacist


Technical Work

Biological Technician, Chemical Technician, Clinical Lab Technician, Electroneurodiagnostic Technician, Health Information Technician, Nuclear Technician, Petroleum Technician, Process Technician, Science & Engineering, Surgical Technician


Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy


Health

Dietician, Nutritionist


Animals

Animal Breeder, Aquatic Biologist, Zoologist


Others

Biochemist, Research Assistant, Social Scientist, Statistician, Medical Scientist, Microbiologist

Biology Majors are encouraged to actively research career options and obtain experience in areas of interest.