Career Opportunities
Major in Biology

Career Opportunities

A Utica College degree in biology prepares students for a wide range of scientific, environmental, and commercial careers. Those who wish to pursue graduate or professional study find that a UC degree enables them to compete at a high level in gaining entry to and successfully completing such programs. The Advisory Committee for the Health Professions (ACHP) is composed of Utica College faculty and clinicians and health professionals from the community and works with individual students as they prepare for entrance into professional programs, organizing internships and shadowing experiences

* Clinical/Health: Medical, Veterinary, Dental, Optometry, Podiatry, and Pharmacy School

- Students with strong performance are highly competitive for professional schools. Students who have successfully completed the Utica College biology program with strong performance are regularly accepted into dental, medical, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, and veterinary and public health schools.

* Research: Graduate School

- Many Utica College students choose to attend graduate school where they receive advanced degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) in a variety of biological and related disciplines. Graduates from the Utica College biology program are regularly accepted at competitive graduate programs.

* Teaching

- Students can graduate with a degree in biology and a minor in education. New York State requires teachers to major in a field in which they wish to teach. The biology program at Utica College works closely the education program to ensure that biology majors with an interest in education are well prepared to receive their biology and general science teaching certificate. New York State requires that must then complete a masters degree for permanent certification. An alternate route to teaching is to complete the biology major while taking additional courses which could ultimately prepare for earth science certification as well, and then complete the M.S. in Education at Utica College.

* Technical/Clinical/Research

- Students interested in working in research and development are regularly hired for jobs as laboratory technologists and research assistants in hematology, pharmacology, and industry.

* Environmental Careers

 - Graduates from the Utica College biology program who are interested in environmental biology pursue careers in forestry, fish and game management, range management, environmental assessment and pollution measurement and control.

* Business and Industry

 -  Career options in business and industry are diverse with a degree in biology. Students could pursue further studies in fields such as mortuary science, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sales, biotechnology, or technical writing.


Dr. Daniel Kurtz
Chair of Biology

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