What You Can Do
With a bachelor's degree in biology, you may become a:
- High school biology or chemistry teacher
- Medical doctor
- Physical therapist
- Academic professor/researcher
- Pharmaceutical researcher
- Pharmaceutical sales representative
- Forensic scientist
Some of these careers may require an advanced or professional degree. A bachelor's in biology is excellent preparation for admission into medical, dental, physical therapy, nursing or other professional schools. You may continue your education at the University of Idaho with a Master of Science and/or a Ph.D. in Biology or with a degree from another related graduate program.
Many graduates with a bachelor's degree in biology will pursue a health-related profession. Nearly 80 percent of students who are admitted into medical, dental, and physical therapy schools have majored in a core science (especially biology, microbiology, psychology or chemistry).
Or, you could teach advanced biology or chemistry to high school students. A background in biology also prepares you to build a career at a college, museum, zoo or with a government agency, such as working for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife or the Environmental Protection Agency. You may also have a career as a consultant, in which you could use your scientific training, for example, to manage environmental impact assessments for a civil engineering firm. Or, you could have a career with a biotechnology company, applying scientific principles to develop products or enhancements in agriculture, food science, or medicine.
Other alumni have exciting and rewarding careers in academia as university professors and researchers.