What can you do with a Biology degree?

  • Enter the workforce in settings such as field work, pharmaceutical sales, or a variety of career options.
  • Seek a teaching credential.
  • Pursue professional schools in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic or veterinary medicine.
  • Explain the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.
  • Describe the relationship between life forms and their environment and ecosystems.
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of competency in laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret and present quantitative and qualitative data and incorporate them into the broader context of biological knowledge.
  • Articulate an understanding of scientific method and its application.
  • Integrate the discipline of biological science with scriptural principles.
  • Discuss theories of origins and evolution within the context of a scriptural view of creation and the history of Christian thought.
  • Effectively use and critically evaluate current scientific research literature.
  • Communicate in written and oral forms with interested citizens and professionals on biological and scientific issues.

Common career paths

Multnomah University biology majors are prepared to enter graduate or health professional schools or general employment in a variety of occupations:

  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Coroner
  • Chiropractic Physician
  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Forest Preserve Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Medical Tech
  • Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Sports Medicine
  • Science Teacher
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Supervisor

Job outlook

The career outlook in the biological sciences is very strong. Biology majors that master concepts of biology, genetics, biochemistry, mathematics, physics, humanities and social sciences are in high demand and come well prepared for graduate level studies in medical, dental, sports or veterinary medicine. While there will always be a need for bright, energetic, and educated individuals with a strong understanding of biology, current job opportunities are on a significant growth path in the discipline particularly in the areas of microbiology and biotechnology.*

Political and business leaders have begun to address the issue of creating more science and technology jobs in the United States to prevent them from being exported.* Also, the number of openings in federal government agencies charged with managing natural resources, such as the Interior and Agriculture Departments and the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected to grow, particularly as senior-level biologist and life scientists retire in the coming years. 

*For the current outlook see the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014, published every two years by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

*For more information see the 2014 report of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. You may also want to read Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, a report presented by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2012.