In-Demand, Versatile Field of Study

Contemporary biology is one of the fastest growing areas of science; it is at the same time tremendously exciting, relevant and challenging. Biologists using innovative ideas and revolutionary technologies are confronting many of the world’s most pressing problems.

Millikin’s Biology program provides students with broad training in modern biology, which they can use to pursue careers in any area of the life sciences. Our Pre-Professional programs prepares students for:

Biology also has programs that prepare students for graduate school to obtain advanced degrees for careers in research and/or teaching. The Secondary Education program prepares students for teaching at the high school level.

Pre-graduate program students who plan to attend graduate school to obtain advanced degrees can follow either the traditional biology track or the molecular and cell biology track depending on their specific interests; they should also have research experience.

Biology majors may obtain either a B.A. or a B.S. degree by completing 36 to 48 biology credits in one of three tracks in the biology program. Biology majors are required to take at least one course and earn a grade of C- or better from each of six biology content categories.

Biology Careers

Most students entering college believe that the only reason to major in biology is to go to medical or veterinary school. Nothing could be further from the truth! Biology presents an incredible diversity of career paths, from air pollution analyst to biotechnology to zoology.

Following are lists of career and employment options for a person with a biology degree. The lists are not all encompassing, but rather give a general idea of the possible job titles and private and government employers.

Explore biology careers further through the U.S. Bureau of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Career Opportunities

  • Air-pollution analyst
  • Anatomist
  • Animal ecologist
  • Animal scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biological photographer
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Botanist
  • Chiropractor
  • Criminologist
  • Curator
  • Cytologist
  • Cytotechnologists
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Editor/scientific and technical publications
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental analyst
  • Food-and-drugs inspector
  • Forensic pathologist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Histopathologist
  • Hospital administrator
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Information scientist
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Marine biologist
  • Medical librarian
  • Medical technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Museum technician
  • Mycologist
  • Nematologist
  • Nuclear medical technologist
  • Occupational health and safety inspector
  • Oceanographer
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Parasitologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmaceutical detailer
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Plant pathologist
  • Plant physiologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public health educator
  • Safety inspector
  • Safety manager
  • Sales representative/chemicals and drugs
  • Sanitarian
  • Social worker
  • Soil scientist
  • Taxidermist
  • Teacher/college
  • Teacher/high school
  • Veterinarian/laboratory animal care
  • Writer/scientific, technical
  • Zoologist

Private Sector Employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Aquariums
  • Arboretums
  • Beverage companies
  • Botanical gardens
  • Chemical industries
  • Colleges and schools
  • Consulting firms
  • Cosmetic companies
  • Doctors' offices
  • Educational institutions
  • Fish hatcheries
  • Food processors
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Lumber companies
  • Medical clinics
  • Medical laboratories
  • Medical supply companies
  • Museums
  • Nurseries
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Professional and technical journals
  • Publishers
  • Research and development firms
  • Textile manufacturers
  • Zoological parks

Government Agencies (national, state and local)

  • Agriculture Department
  • Energy Department
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Health & Human Services Department
  • National and State Parks
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Patent Office
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Vista