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What can you do with a degree in Biology or Biology Adolescence Education?

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Lots of things! The Biology major at Fredonia is a flexible program which offers you the ability to take unique specialty courses while performing undergraduate research or an internship. You may then choose to seek employment with your B.S. degree, or you may wish to go on to graduate or professional school.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a number of biology based professions are increasing at a faster or much faster than average rate in the United States, including medical scientists, dentists, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, physician assistants, epidemiologists, and veterinarians. These professions were also highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report in their 2013 Top 100 Jobs listing.


Research biologists study the natural world, using the latest scientific tools and techniques in both laboratory settings and the outdoors, to understand how living systems work. Many work in exotic locations around the world, and what they discover increases our understanding of biology and may be put to practical use to find solutions to specific problems.

Health care

Many biologists become health care professionals. Physicians, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacists, optometrists, physical therapists and nurses all play unique and vital roles in the treatment of disease and the maintenance of the general health and well being of their patients. Veterinarians tend to sick and injured animals. Biologists may develop public health campaigns to defeat illnesses such as tuberculosis, AIDS, cancer, and heart disease. Others work to prevent the spread of rare, deadly diseases, such as the now infamous Ebola virus.

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Environmental management and conservation

Biologists in management and conservation careers are interested in solving environmental problems and preserving the natural world for future generations. Park rangers protect state and national parks, help preserve their natural resources, and educate the general public. Environmental professionals perform a wide range of activities including regulatory compliance, toxic waste management, wetland delineation, and rare species protection. Zoo biologists sustain populations of zoo animals and carry out endangered species recovery programs. In addition, environmental biologists often work with government agencies, non-profits, community members such as landowners, and special interest groups to develop and implement management plans.


Life science educators enjoy working with people and encouraging them to learn new things, whether in a classroom, a research lab, the field, or a museum. Professors and lecturers in colleges and universities teach introductory and advanced biology courses. They may also mentor students with projects and direct research programs. Primary and secondary school teachers must possess a general knowledge of science and skill at working with different kinds of learners. High school teachers often specialize in biology and teach other courses of personal interest. Educators in science museums, zoos and nature centers may design exhibits and educational programs, in addition to teaching special classes and leading tours and nature hikes.


Biologists apply scientific principles to develop and enhance products, tools, and technological advances in fields such as agriculture, food science, and medicine.

Forensic science

Forensic biologists work with police departments and other law enforcement agencies using scientific methods to discover and process evidence that can be used to solve crimes.

Politics and policy

Science advisors work with lawmakers to create new legislation on topics such as biomedical research and environmental protection. Their input is essential, ensuring that decisions are based upon solid science.

Business and industry

Biologists work with drug companies and providers of scientific products and services to research and test new products. They also work in sales, marketing, and public relations positions.


Trained professionals work with the government and other organizations to study and address the economic impacts of biological issues, such as species extinctions, forest protection, and environmental pollution.


Biologists in fields such as bioinformatics and computational biology apply mathematical techniques to solve biological problems, such as modeling ecosystem processes and gene sequencing.

Science writing and communication

Journalists and writers with a science background inform the general public about relevant and emerging biological issues.


All the illustrations in your biology textbook, as well as in newspaper and magazine science articles, were created by talented artists with a thorough understanding of biology.

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