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Where can Biology take me?

Biology – More than Cells, Plants, and Bugs

Biology, simply defined, is the study of living organisms and the processes that make life possible. The Department of Biology is host to outstanding research programs in various fields across the spectrum of modern biology. To address the breadth and depth essential to educating biologists, the biology major is structured to include both a broad foundation through core courses and opportunity for specialization within a biological subfield through biology electives.

While the major is designed to prepare the student for a post-baccalaureate profession in biology, for advanced professional training in the health sciences, or for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the biological sciences, biology majors can and do work in a wide variety occupational professions. The Department of Biology offers research opportunities, training, and instruction at all levels, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral.

What skills does studying biology develop?

  • generate original ideas and solve problems - conduct research and interpret data using laboratory instrumentation
  • gather information, conduct research and laboratory experimentation
  • analyze and evaluate data, write and present reports
  • calculate, compute and apply formulas
  • collaborate with fellow biologists and other scientists
  • understand the building blocks of the systems of life
  • understand the behavior of the environment

Career Opportunities

Biology provides an excellent foundation for careers in a variety of professions and occupations in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, physiology, industrial microbiology and biotechnology, human genetics, forensic science, health education, plant pathology, oceanography, herpetology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental studies, entomology, parasitology, botany, mammalogy and postgraduate education. Occupations include but are not limited to the following:

*Follow the links above to read about trends in pay, job growth, and education requirements from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 50 Things to Do With a Biology Degree.pdf

50 Things to Do With a Biology Degree 

Biology is an exciting and growing field of study. The UK Department of Biology is home to the largest undergraduate major on campus. Our curriculum prepares students for a wide array of careers including scientific research, medicine, dentistry allied health, forestry, pharmaceutical sciences and much more.

Health Care Allied Health Health Related

Physician (MD,DO)
Veterinarian (DVM)
Dentist (DDS)
Podiatrist (DPM) 

Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Speech Therapist
Nursing (RN)
Pharmacy (BS or PharmD)
Massage Therapy

Med/Vet Technician
Clinical Lab Sciences
Pharmacist's Assistant
Math/Engineering Industry Animal Care & Research

Biomechanical Engineering
Medical Physics

Pharmaceutical Researcher
Drug Testing/Quality Control
Food Safety Expert

Marine Mammal Trainer
Marine Biologist
Fisheries & Aquaculture

Legal Arts Environmental

Forensic Scientist
Biotechnology Patent Law
Criminal Investigator
Environmental Lawyer

Medical Illustration
Bio-Animation and Films
Molecular Visualization

Conservation Biologist
Forest Ranger
Environmental Scientist
Agricultural Scientist

Plant Biology Education Government


Biology Teacher (Primary or Secondary)
Professor (2 or 4 year Institution)

National Health (FDA, CDC)
City/Community Health Official
Bioterrorism Expert


For more information about career opportunities, contact the UK Career Center.

Wherever you are in the decision-making process, your journey can begin with a conversation at the Stuckert Career Center. Stop by during our drop-in hours or schedule an appointment. We are here for you!


Meet with a Major Exploratory Associate

Our Major Exploratory Associates are the first point of contact at the Stuckert Career Center to start your conversation about the career decision-making process. Our experienced advisors understand the breadth of UK majors and coursework required 

One of the ways that Stuckert Career Center assists students in the exploration of college majors and future careers is through formal career assessments. These assessments are easy to take and are administered and interpreted by the Career Center’s certified career advisors. These assessments can give students personal insight as to how their basic behavioral preferences and occupational interests can help them in selecting a college major.

Meet with a Career Advisor

Our Career Advisors are the leading industry experts to start your conversation about the career development process. Our experienced advisors assist students to be career-ready for today’s diverse job market. Our services include, but are not limited to, job and internship searching, polishing your career documents (resume, cover letter, and portfolio), interviewing and salary negotiation strategies and practicing, and so much more. Don’t wait to meet with a career advisor to plan your career launch!