Careers in Biology
Believe it or not, degrees in the liberal arts can actually make it easier to land a job. Each major within the School of Arts & Sciences carries with it a unique list of skill sets that more and more employers are saying they want. Across industries, employers look for a combination of skills, interests and values that match their own. The Career Blueprint offers more information about the competencies you can develop through coursework in the liberal arts.
Prepared for Anything
Forget about scrolling through a list of careers biology majors pursue. There are no rules. If you choose a major you’re passionate about, you are much more likely to discover and develop your own personal skills, interests and values that ultimately, will help you find a rewarding profession.
Skills You Will Gain as a Biology Major
- Generating original questions about the natural world
- Applying scientific concepts to problems
- Defining expected/potential results
- Collecting data objectively
- Preparing statistical results
- Reporting results and conclusions orally and in writing
Successful involvement in undergraduate research is one of the best predictors that a student will flourish in graduate school. As a biology major at Richmond, the opportunity to conduct research side-by-side with faculty gives you a head start on the graduate school experience. Recent biology graduates have pursued degrees at top programs across the country. If you think graduate school is for you, be sure to contact a faculty mentor to get started.
Remember, it’s never too early to visit Career Services. Exploring how your skills, experiences, interests and values can influence your career choices is something you can do from your first year at Richmond through your fourth and beyond. Whether you are searching for that first job, exploring graduate school options, or considering something unique like a bridge experience or fellowship, Career Services can help you get there.