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Academic Advising

Advising for First-year and Second-year Biology Students

If you are a first- or second-year student who has signed up for the biology, botany or zoology majors, you should already have an assigned CAS advisor who specializes in biology. If you are interested in declaring any of those majors, or any of the biology-related minors or co-majors, contact the CAS Advising Office and ask to meet with one of the biology specialists.

Advising for All Other Biology Students

If you are a junior or senior student who has signed up for the biology, botany, or zoology majors, you should have an assigned faculty advisor from the Department of Biology. That person can help you schedule, or help with your major requirements, your career plans, internships, independent study, etc.

Advising for Regional Campus Students

If you are a regionals student who has signed up for the biology, botany, zoology or biological science majors, you should contact Dr. D.J. Ferguson or Tamara Lewis for advising services.
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Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education

The Mallory-Wilson Center in the College of Arts and Science provides resources, information, and support that enable students to make informed decisions regarding the issues facing today's healthcare professionals. Programs and services include the Premedical Co-Major, Premedical Living Learning Community, internships, and scholarships.


Students can pursue internships at a wide variety of institutions and companies. These can take place during the academic year, the winter term or the summer.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Susan Hoffman
246 Pearson Hall

Career Opportunities

Employment that may require only an A.B. or B.S. degree in the biological sciences:

  • Research assistant in a university or institutional lab
  • Lab technician at a pharmaceutical or chemical company, hospital, or research lab
  • Salesperson or trainer for a pharmaceutical, chemical, or medical equipment company
  • Environmental analyst/planner for public or private agencies
  • Worker for government agencies like the EPA, Health Department, USDA, etc.
  • Animal keeper, administrator, or educator at a zoo, wildlife park, or botanical garden
  • High school biology teacher (Teach for America or private school)
  • Salesperson, representative, or editor for publications in the life sciences
  • Peace Corps worker
  • Administrator for health care delivery firm
  • Park naturalist or ranger
  • US forest service plant biologist
  • Horticultural or agricultural technician
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Any business career that requires a strong background in both the sciences and liberal arts

Health Sciences positions that usually require additional graduate or professional training:

  • Medical doctor (MD or DO)
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician's assistant
  • Advanced nurse (nurse practitioner, midwife, nurse anesthetist, etc.)
  • Optometrist
  • Physical or occupational therapist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Clinical research technician
  • Radiology or medical imaging technician
  • Dental assistant
  • Anesthesiology assistant
  • Veterinary technician/nurse
  • Health care administrator for hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
  • Epidemiologist
  • Podiatrist

Other career positions that usually require additional graduate or professional training:

  • Research biologist for a university, institute, or biotechnology company
  • Staff biologist for wildlife society, wildlife park, botanical garden, etc.
  • Environmental scientist: public health analyst, park manager, toxicologist, etc.
  • Forensic scientist
  • Biology teacher at advanced high school or college level
  • Environmental engineer
  • Specialist in medical or environmental law
  • Salesperson or trainer for advanced medical or research equipment
  • Plant breeder/geneticist
  • Agricultural advisor or extension agent
  • The Master's degree program serves to strengthen a student's understanding of science, and it has helped many undecided students to select a career

Department of Biology

Students in undergraduate and graduate programs learn biological concepts taught by dedicated faculty and gain hands-on research experiences in the laboratory and field using first-class equipment, centers, and facilities. Our graduates pursue a wide variety of career paths in health, biotechnology, the environment, and plant science.