Job Opportunities

Available with a B.S. in Biology:

Many students use biology degrees with chemistry minors as a pre-requisite for applying to professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. 

Biologists with advanced degrees may teach at the University level.  Biologists with a bachelor’s degree may teach at the secondary level by taking additional coursework to earn a teaching licensure.  Graduates may also work in other education programs at zoos, parks, nature centers and museums.

Biology majors with a strong chemistry background may go on to study forensics and work in crime scene analysis.

Natural Resources: 
Biology majors with a strong ecology background may obtain jobs in natural resource areas such as County Soil and Water Conservation Agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Job opportunities exist for biology graduates in government, university, and private research facilities.   Research may be on human health, genetics, agriculture, biotechnology or environmental issues.  Some jobs are in a laboratory setting which others may be fieldwork, some in exotic locations.

Biologist work within companies to research and test products as well as in the sales and marketing of science-related products.

Science Writing:
There are journalists that inform the public about biological issues.  A background in both science and communication is needed for this.

Many textbooks, magazines, and websites need scientific illustrations.  Students with a background in both science and art can obtain jobs in this area.

Starting salaries for students who earn a bachelor's degree in biology are around $31,000, while the median salary for individuals who hold advanced biology degrees generally falls between $55,000 and $75,000.  Students with biology degrees who pursue careers in medicine or pharmaceuticals can earn six-figure salaries.

The University of Rio Grande has a 3+3 Articulation Agreement with Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs for those students interested in pursuing the chiropractic profession. Interested students should contact Dr. Donna Martin, Rio Grande Associate Professor of Biology, for information.