Occupational outlook

Congratulations!  As a student of biology, you have favorable career prospects.  In fact, careers in biology are among those with the greatest growth potential in the future.  For more information, see the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The number of career options that will be available to you as a biology graduate are many -- far too many to include all of them here, but some of them are...

Medicine

Pharmacy

Nursing

Wildlife and field biology

Environmental management

Business and Industry

Conservation biology

Teaching

Higher education

Private consulting

Research

Writing

Museums and Foundations

Zoos and Aquariums

Government

Biotechnology

Forensics

Art and Illustration

Research and internships

You can improve your career prospects by getting hands-on experience through mentored research or an internship.  If you want to be a scientist, there is no better way to learn what real science is than to do it yourself. 

Research

Many of the faculty investigators in biology have research programs that are active year-round and involve both undergraduate and graduate students.  Take advantage of this opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor to enhance your education and improve your future career prospects.  For more information about the research being done, visit our research page. 

In many cases, you can earn credit toward graduation as a part of your research experience.  Ask your research mentor about signing up for BIO 422, Directed Studies. 

Internships

If you are a junior or senior biology major, an internships can provide you with experience in a professional environment or workplace.  Occassionally, internships can lead to future employment while also providing credit (BIO 492) towards graduation

If you arrange an internship and want to receive credit, you must have a Faculty Supervisor who will assign a grade for that credit.  In addition, your Faculty Supervisor (usually your academic adviser) will be the intermediary between the University and the internship organization, and they will have the authority to enforce all internship guidelines.

Student organizations and clubs

There are a number of on-campus organizations (clubs) that students can join and become active in to enhance their science learning and out-reach. The various organizations have events scheduled throughout the school year. There are also a number of organizations listed below that you may be interested in even though they are not currently represented at UNC.

Biology student organizations at UNC

  • Beta Beta Beta, Phi Omicron Chapter: Established in 2004, Phi Omicron is part of the TriBeta National Biology Honors Society. Membership requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher and completion of first semester biology course work. Phi Omicron is also on Facebook, or you can contact them by e-mail at tribeta@unco.edu.  The faculty advisor for this student organization is Dr. DeKrey.
  • PreHealth Professions Club: The mission is to help prepare and educate students about opportunities and careers in all health related professions.
  • Biology Student Association: A general biology club open to all majors and minors. The club adviser is Dr. James Haughian. For more information on the club and how to join, contact Dr. Haughian at james.haughian@unco.edu or 970-351-2716.
  • Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF): The mission is to empower students in transforming the campus community towards a more sustainable culture.

Other student science organizations

Other (non-science) student organizations at UNC