What can you do with a Biology degree?

Dr. Balding assisting students in lab.

Biology is the field that explores how living thing work. Students major in biology because of a desire to know how living things function and interact with their environment. The careers that they often enter after graduating with a baccalaureate in Biology are numerous. Some of the more common options include:

Research - Research technicians, research associates, or professional programs that offer degrees in a research specialty.

Healthcare - Professional programs that offer training in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physician assistantships, optometry, dentistry, medical technology, or clinical laboratories.

Education - Elementary, middle, and high school teaching.

Science Writing - Magazine journalists, newspaper journalists, technical manuscript writing.

Administration and management - Grants administrators, biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, biological sales representatives.

Government - Natural resource management, environmental regulation and management, forest management, water quality and control, government inspection agencies, health organizations, science policy analysts, and lobbyists.

Industry - Personnel at different levels of corporations working in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, and agriculture.

Here are some of our recent graduates and their career paths:


Shannon Kerrigan '09

Shannon is currently finishing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the National American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and will be pursuing an internship with the focus on equine sports medicine and surgery, with the goal of returning to the central Georgia area to practice equine sports medicine.

Performing surgery.Standing with a rehabilitating pony.

Lisa Kuhns '10

Lisa is currently working on her Ph. D. in Microbiology at the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. Robert Maier. Her research focuses on the oxidative-stress response of Helicobacter pylori, a gastric pathogen that causes peptic ulcers and gastric carcinoma.

Lisa Kuhns at graduation.Lisa Kuhns presentation.

Rebecca Holcomb '12

Rebecca is currently working towards her Ph. D. in Molecular Plant Science at Washington State University, under the direction of Dr. David Gang. Rebecca's research involves plant metabolism, understanding the genetic basis for differences in invasiveness between rhizomes.

Click here to see an interview with Rebecca about her experience as a Biology major.

Rebecca Holcomb overlooking a valley.Rebecca Holcomb giving a presentation.